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Attorney: Lawsuit does not seek to close charter schools

Posted 7/19/2016 in State

An attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center says the group is not trying to close charter schools in Mississippi, but is only trying to have the schools' funding formula declared unconstitutional.



Miss. GOP delegates applaud Trump pick of Pence for VP

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

Mississippi delegates to the Republican National Convention are praising Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.



Analysis: Miss. charter schools debated on many fronts

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The political debate about charter schools has been rumbling for years in the Mississippi Capitol and in the broader forum of public opinion.



State spends millions planning unbuilt road

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The state of Mississippi has spent $158.5 million on a road that does not exist. State and county leaders began planning 22 years ago for a road to connect Interstate 10 and the state Port of Gulfport.



Episcopal leader Gray, advocate for civil rights, dies at 89

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr., a civil-rights advocate and retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, died Friday. He was 89.



Man charged in burning death of woman pleads not guilty

Posted 7/16/2016 in State

An ex-convict who left Mississippi last year as authorities tried to determine who killed a young woman in their small town appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge.



Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint, dies

Posted 7/16/2016 in State

Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. Deputy Coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark tell The Clarion-Ledger they found Seaberry late Thursday in his back bedroom at the lounge.



Mississippi lawmakers to examine taxes and spending

Posted 7/15/2016 in State

Mississippi legislative leaders are appointing groups to study tax policies and examine state spending.



Mississippi leaders divided on religious-beliefs law appeal

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

Mississippi's Democratic attorney general said Wednesday that he won't join the Republican governor in appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked a state law on religious objections to gay marriage.



Lawsuit seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A new lawsuit seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi, arguing that they violate the state constitution by making school districts share property tax collections with schools they don't supervise or control.



Man pleads guilty in transgender teen's death

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A Mississippi man accused of killing a transgender teen pleaded guilty Tuesday in county court.



State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson's control over the state's largest airport.



Miss. district appeals desegregation order

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge's order in a long-running desegregation case.



State holding scholarship lottery for special needs children

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education will hold a scholarship lottery for special needs children.



MSDH confirms more Zika cases in Miss.

Posted 7/13/2016 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported three more cases of Zika virus have appeared in the state.



Moody's: Miss. has negative credit outlook

Posted 7/13/2016 in State

The bond credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service has given Mississippi a negative credit outlook because the state dipped into its rainy day fund to cover budget shortfalls, but the state's bond rating remains unchanged.



Mississippi not the only state with budget gloom

Posted 7/11/2016 in State

"Gloomier and more uncertain." The words don't inspire confidence, but analysts are using them to label the outlook for state budgets across the country.



DA to seek special grand jury for Tupelo shooting case

Posted 7/9/2016 in State

Prosecutors plan to call a special grand jury to hear evidence in the shooting last month of a black man by a white Tupelo police officer.



Bryant appeals block on religious beliefs law

Posted 7/9/2016 in State

Mississippi's governor has asked a judge to let a state law take effect that would let some businesses and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to same-sex couples.



AG Hood swats at Republican budget writers

Posted 7/8/2016 in State

Mississippi's budget is a mess because the Republican-led Legislature has been cutting taxes to help potential campaign donors, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday.



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