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Superintendents say funding gap pinches schools

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn't fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.

 

 

Pay lags for Miss. government employees

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday.

 

 

Assault rifle stolen from Jackson police officer's car

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Police in Jackson are searching for the thief who took a rifle from an officer's car.

 

 

Mississippi schools get lowest achievement ranking in U.S.

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released Thursday.

 

 

Hiring policies make job hunt tough for ex-inmates

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers say they want to reduce the number of former inmates who return to prison after serving time. However, one state representative said ex-felons could have trouble finding jobs because of workers' compensation insurance policies that companies carry.

 

 

Coroner: S.D. man found in tent died of hypothermia

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

A Mississippi coroner says a South Dakota man found dead in a tent in Gulfport on Monday died of hypothermia.

 

 

Lesbian sues town for denying gay bar permit

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

A woman's federal lawsuit that accuses the leaders of a north Mississippi town of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license will go to trial Jan. 26, 2015, in Aberdeen.

 

Ex-leader to leave Department of Education

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

Lynn House, who led the Mississippi Department of Education for more than a year as interim superintendent, is leaving the department.

 

Rolling Fork mayor indicted on fraud charges

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

The mayor of a small town in the Mississippi Delta has been indicted on false pretense and wire fraud charges related to his construction company's invoices for grants to rehabilitate houses, according to court records.

 

 

PSC approves higher energy rates for companies

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

Power bills will be going up in February for customers of Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co.

 

Former Mississippi police chief to plead guilty

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

A former Mississippi police chief accused of demanding money or property in exchange for dropping criminal charges against people is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in a federal bribery and extortion case.

 

Miss. lawmakers face long agenda in 2014 session

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers start their three-month session at noon today, and they face a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.

 

 

Meridian city block for sale, real fixer-upper

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A block of four buildings in downtown Meridian is for sale by its owner and bidding starts at $1, plus back taxes that total about $20,000.

 

 

Ban on conjugal visits resisted

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A Memphis-based civil rights group and a Mississippi prisoners' advocacy group will lead a rally in Jackson against Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps' decision to end conjugal visits for state inmates.

 

 

U.S. Senate race will impact Miss. session

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

Mississippi faces a contentious Republican primary battle for the U.S. Senate this year with state lawmaker Chris McDaniel trying to unseat Thad Cochran, the man who's been in Congress almost as long as McDaniel has been alive.

 

Burnsville says 'yes' to Correnti's Miss. Silicon

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

For the second time in three years, a company is promising to build a silicon metal production facility and add hundreds of jobs in Mississippi. Only this time, officials say it will be in Burnsville.

 

Officials urge Mississippians to prepare for cold temps

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Officials in Mississippi are urging residents to prepare for a blast of freezing weather expected to hit the state beginning Sunday night.

 

 

Opponents to fight Common Core in Legislature

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

On Facebook and in public forums, opponents have been trying over the past year to build opposition to the Common Core state education standards in Mississippi. As the Legislature begins its 2014 session Tuesday, they're bringing that opposition to the Capitol.

 

 

Expansion of Mississippi Medicaid unlikely in 2014

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers appear unlikely to do an about-face and vote to expand Medicaid this year.

 

 

Killen asks Supreme Court for second look

Posted 1/4/2014 in State

Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to look again at his motion for a new trial.

 

 

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