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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.

 

 

Months after election, ballot review continues

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Three months after Hattiesburg's special election for mayor, Mississippi's secretary of state is still going over copies of the applications, envelopes and absentee ballots from 10 of the city's 14 precincts.

 

 

5 tornadoes confirmed from weekend storms

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

The National Weather Service confirms at least five tornadoes struck Mississippi as a storm system moved across the state Friday and Saturday.

 

 

Former Mississippi Senator Charles Ray Nix dies at 82

Posted 12/26/2013 in State

Funeral services for former state Sen. Charles Ray Nix of Batesville will be held Saturday.

 

 

Choctaw Indians plan for casino renovation, expansion

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will borrow up to $145 million to renovate the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, the Golden Moon Casino and possibly build a casino in the Red Water community.

 

 

Miss. gets grant to protect battlefield

Posted 12/24/2013 in State

The National Park Service has awarded a grant of $34,027 to the state of Mississippi for the purchase of about one acre of land at the Brice's Crossroads Battlefield.

 

 

2 killed in state as storm system passes

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

A severe storm system swept across Mississippi on Saturday, dumping more than an inch of rain and blowing down trees and power lines. Two deaths were blamed on the weather.

 

To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

 

Recycling doesn't need to be difficult, expensive

Posted 12/23/2013 in State

Some cities say recycling is just too expensive and difficult, particularly to get a large enough percentage of households to participate to make the program cost effective.

 

 

Miss. drug dealer wants sentence tossed

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

A Mississippi man described by authorities as a major drug dealer and former record label owner has asked a federal court to throw out his 90-year prison sentence on money laundering charges.

 

 

Blue Cross and HMA settle payment dispute

Posted 12/21/2013 in State

Mississippi's largest health insurer and its second-largest hospital operator have settled their dispute.

 

 

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