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School funding formula looms as top 2017 issue for lawmakers

Posted 1/2/2017 in State

The top issue for Mississippi's Legislature when it returns Tuesday is education funding, but Republican leaders' plans remain to be seen.



State gets grant to help track website targeting jobseekers

Posted 1/2/2017 in State

Mississippi Energy Institute has created a website called "Get on the Grid" to help students and their parents learn about opportunities for well-paying jobs in Mississippi.



Mississippi's top stories: Nun slayings, children deaths

Posted 12/31/2016 in State

Several tragedies hit Mississippi in 2016, including the slaying of two nuns, three cases of children dying in hot cars and a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent killed in the line of duty.



Sheriff: 'Grinch couple' broke in, ate Christmas treats

Posted 12/30/2016 in State

Referring to two suspects as the "Grinch couple," a Mississippi sheriff says a man and a woman broke into a home and ate the homeowners' Christmas treats before fleeing.



Miss. lawmakers vague on tax proposals for '17 session

Posted 12/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican-led Legislature and GOP Gov. Phil Bryant enacted a substantial package of tax cuts during their 2016 session, with reductions phased in over several years.



Judge rejects ex-corrections chief's request to leave jail

Posted 12/28/2016 in State

A federal judge on Friday rejected a plea from Mississippi's former corrections commissioner to release him from jail until his May 24 sentencing.



Analysis: Oil spill cash could tempt Mississippi budgeters

Posted 12/26/2016 in State

Nearly seven years after a massive oil spill sullied the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi lawmakers are faced with a pot of money that could become a great temptation.



Tupelo band raising money to perform at Trump inauguration

Posted 12/24/2016 in State

A high school band in northeast Mississippi has been invited to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, but it must raise money quickly to pay for it.



Junkyard Christmas tree celebrates season with salvage

Posted 12/24/2016 in State

This Christmas tree's green branches are tie rods salvaged from junked cars and hung with carburetors, hubcaps, crankshafts, fan blades, license plates and twisted bits of chrome.



Arrest of black man in black church fire stirs debates

Posted 12/23/2016 in State

The arrest of a black man on a charge of burning a black Mississippi church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" has sparked bickering online and consternation in the community surrounding the church.



Fire marshal: Politics unlikely motive in 'Vote Trump' arson

Posted 12/22/2016 in State

The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the presidential election.



Judge rejects attempt to withdraw plea in prison bribery case

Posted 12/22/2016 in State

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by former Mississippi lawmaker Cecil McCrory to withdraw his guilty plea in a prison contracting bribery case.



Judge OKs new agreements in Miss. foster care case

Posted 12/20/2016 in State

The state of Mississippi and child advocates have reached another set of agreements in a 12-year-old lawsuit over shortfalls in the state's child welfare system.



Analysis: Public pension fund faces test

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Lawmakers, county supervisors, mayors, school superintendents and college presidents should hope that the run-up in the stock market that began after Donald Trump's election continues.



Scientific kids tackle wild hog population dilemma

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

In a hut tucked away in the woods of northwestern Pike County, a group of young scientists is studying ways to stop a threat of nationwide proportions -- wild hogs.



Weather service: 2 tornadoes touchdown in Miss.

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Officials say two tornadoes touched down in northern Mississippi.



Plaintiffs: No deal on Cleveland school desegregation plan

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

The U.S. Justice Department and private plaintiffs are spurning the latest desegregation plan from a Mississippi school district.



Tupelo man rebuilt his life after opioid abuse

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Thirteen years ago, Chad Clardy dove into recovery, and he hasn't come up for air since.



Miss. president electors are committed to Trump

Posted 12/17/2016 in State

Four prominent businessmen and a woman long active in Republican politics are among those casting Mississippi's electoral votes for president.



Almost 100,000 sign up for Mississippi No Call Registry

Posted 12/17/2016 in State

Almost 100,000 Mississippians have signed up for the Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in just six months.



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