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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.

 

Legislators face myriad challenges in '14 session

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Representatives and senators in the Golden Triangle will meet with their colleagues in Jackson Tuesday for the 2014 regular legislative session to address budgetary, education and public safety challenges among others over the next three months.

 

Troy football player found dead on highway

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death.

 

 

Lawmaker to file online voter registration bill

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday.

 

 

Mississippi flag causes flap in S. California

Posted 1/3/2014 in State

Some Southern California attorneys want the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation to include a Confederate symbol, removed from a display at Santa Ana's civic center.

 

Gov. Bryant pushing welfare drug testing

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Republican Phil Bryant is starting his third year as Mississippi governor, and he says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday. He wants to train more state troopers and create "strike force" groups to help local law enforcement officers in areas where mayors or county supervisors say there are problems with gangs, drugs or violent crime.

 

Silicon metal production plant coming to Burnsville

Posted 1/2/2014 in State

Mississippi Silicon will locate a new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville in Tishomingo County.

 

Wanted Tupelo bank robber killed after robbery in Phoenix

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

The Secret Service says that the man authorities have linked to a three-state bank robbery spree, the killing of one Mississippi police officer, and wounding of another was arrested in 2010 after being accused of making online threats against the president.

 

Officials organize to address recidivism

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

Officials from criminal justice programs and religious and civil liberties organizations are working on a program to create a Reentry Council to help former inmates become productive citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.

 

 

Analysis: McInnis, Allain among Miss. deaths

Posted 12/30/2013 in State

State Rep. Mack McInnis helped 1994 become one of the worst years for Mississippi inmates. McInnis, who died in April at age 79, wanted inmates to wear stripes. How he said it put him in the national spotlight.

 

Miss. children learn with blues curriculum

Posted 12/28/2013 in State

In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.

 

Death row inmate seeks new arguments

Posted 12/27/2013 in State

Death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to let him file a new petition that he believes will win him a new trial.

 

 

Jury to hear details of teen's death

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Prosecutors say a Madison County grand jury will hear details surrounding the death of 17-year-old Abigail Bonner.

 

 

Gunn: Miss. teacher pay raise up for debate in '14

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Thursday that he wants lawmakers in 2014 to consider the first across-the-board teacher pay raise in the past seven years. He said legislative leaders have not yet discussed details about how large a raise might be considered.

 

 

Ex-Miss. school superintendent to report to prison

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin must report to prison by Jan. 6 to begin serving more than six years in a federal bribery case related to a $1.4 million reading program for children.

 

 

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