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Education, health graduates most likely to stay in Mississippi

Posted 9/8/2016 in State

New research shows that students earning degrees in education and health-related fields from Mississippi's public universities are the most likely to stay in the state five years after graduation.



Mississippi bumps up to 19 West Nile virus cases this year

Posted 9/7/2016 in State

Mississippi health officials are confirming four new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 19 cases this year.



Analysis: Tax and budget groups? Been there, done that

Posted 9/6/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican legislative leaders have created "working groups" that will meet a few days over the next several weeks to delve into tax policies and pick apart government spending practices.



Miss. Highway Patrol gears up for Labor Day

Posted 9/2/2016 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is gearing up for extra patrols to make highways and roadways safe over the Labor Day weekend.



Baptist hospital groups in Mississippi and Memphis may merge

Posted 9/2/2016 in State

A possible merger of Jackson-based Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee could create the largest hospital group in Mississippi.



Moss Point police chief suspended pending traffic stop probe

Posted 8/31/2016 in State

Moss Point Chief Art McClung has been suspended without pay, pending an investigation into a report that McClung was pulled over for speeding and yet was not cited, even after he told Pascagoula officers he'd had "at least three vodkas."



Prosecutor to mull death penalty opposition in nuns' slaying

Posted 8/30/2016 in State

A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation.


Analysis: Lt. Gov. Reeves restarts discussion over spending BP money

Posted 8/29/2016 in State

Generally, there's nothing better for a politician than spending "free" money -- cash that arrived in the treasury without lawmakers having to vote to raise taxes on their constituents.

Feds review concerns over Hattiesburg charges

Posted 8/29/2016 in State

The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing questions from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson as to whether investigators are unfairly targeting black officials in Forrest County.


More than 300 at wake for 2 nuns killed in Miss.

Posted 8/29/2016 in State



Man arrested in killings of 2 Miss. nuns

Posted 8/27/2016 in State

A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the women served, authorities said.



Leader of British movement to leave EU joins Trump in Jackson

Posted 8/25/2016 in State

Donald Trump is linking his "movement to take back the country" to Britain's surprising vote to leave the European Union.



Insurance agent charged in Miss. prison bribery case

Posted 8/25/2016 in State

A Jackson insurance agent is the latest person indicted in a corruption case tied to the former head of the Mississippi prison system.



Thompson staffer continues working while facing tax-evasion charges

Posted 8/25/2016 in State

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson said Wednesday that his chief of staff, Lanier Avant, will continue working while facing tax-evasion charges.



Miss. congressman's staffer faces tax evasion charges

Posted 8/24/2016 in State

A top staffer for Mississippi's only Democratic member of Congress faces charges of tax evasion.



Miss. charter school challengers seek quick judgment

Posted 8/24/2016 in State

A group suing over how Mississippi's charter schools are funded and governed is pushing for a quick ruling in the case.



Miss. ACT scores dip as all high school seniors tested

Posted 8/24/2016 in State

Mississippi's ACT scores fell sharply in the first year that all public school seniors in the Magnolia State took the test.



Analysis: Once called soft, some ask if state tests too hard

Posted 8/22/2016 in State

Beneath the back-and-forth last week over how many Mississippi public schools should get As was the undertow of another question -- has the state gone from grading its kids too soft to grading them too hard?



Ole Miss band to look away from 'Dixie' beginning this fall

Posted 8/20/2016 in State

"Old times there are not forgotten" proclaim the lyrics to the Southern anthem "Dixie." But the University of Mississippi, whose athletic traditions were once overlaid with Confederate symbolism, is ready to forget the song.



Miss. officials expect $10M for after-school programs

Posted 8/20/2016 in State

Mississippi officials now expect to have $10 million to spend on federally subsidized after-school programs in the current school year.



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