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Mississippi inmate seeks access to circuit clerk records

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide if Timothy Pryer's efforts to gain documents related to his sexual battery conviction were illegally denied.

 

 

Driver charged in double fatal wreck

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The driver of the vehicle that wrecked on Nov. 9 on Mississippi Highway 7 near the University of Mississippi, killing two Ole Miss students, has been charged on two counts of aggravated DUI.

 

 

Ziggy Marley, Fantasia on tap for Jackson R&B fest

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

Jamaican bandleader and reggae musician Ziggy Marley and R&B singer Fantasia will headline August's Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival.

 

 

Republicans seek to skirt danger on Miss. prisons

Posted 1/20/2014 in State

It sounded like a Conservatives Anonymous meeting one morning last week at the Mississippi Capitol. "I'm Andy Gipson, and I'm tough on crime," was how the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee introduced himself -- perhaps to provide a bit of political cover for other Republican lawmakers ahead of a vote on a prison reform legislation meant to reduce the number of people in Mississippi state prisons.

 

 

150 participate in Biloxi Beach Bull Run

Posted 1/20/2014 in State

Rodeo cowboys got to watch as about 150 runners, from a high-school teacher to a coliseum official, dashed to stay ahead of 10 bulls for quarter-mile around the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

 

 

Vicksburg checking for illegal cabs

Posted 1/20/2014 in State

Complaints from Vicksburg residents and taxi companies have moved police to crack down on bootleg cabs operating in violation of a local ordinance.

 

 

Hearing ordered in murder conviction

Posted 1/20/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a Lee County judge to determine whether Justin Springer's attorneys did a poor job at his trial and on appeal.

 

 

Ridgeland pharmacy tech stabbed with syringe

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

Ridgeland police say a pharmacy technician was stabbed with a syringe at a Ridgeland Walmart on Thursday.

 

 

Man pleads guilty to sending ricin-tainted letters

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

A former martial arts instructor pleaded guilty Friday to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials in a bizarre case in which authorities say he tried to frame a longtime enemy and Elvis impersonator who was briefly jailed in the case.

 

First female Miss. National Guard general dies

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

Maj. Gen. Catherine S. Lutz, the first female general officer in the history of the Mississippi National Guard, has died. She was 58.

 

Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Four states -- Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. approving new Common Core materials

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization.

 

 

Medical group: Teach children good health habits

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

The president of the Mississippi State Medical Association said Thursday that teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could be a long-term way to help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.

 

 

Public Records Act changes sought

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state's Public Records Act.

 

 

House passes welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The Mississippi House engaged in a contentious four-hour debate Wednesday before voting largely along party lines to pass a bill that would require drug testing for some people applying for welfare.

 

 

Universities seek $20M to fund aid formula

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state's eight public universities.

 

 

Company seeks change in Mississippi helmet law

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

A company that plans to make a three-wheeled vehicle is seeking a change in Mississippi's helmet law.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Among inspirational books, seed catalogs may be tops

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Forty years ago, a big old room at the big old Extension Service Building at Mississippi State University took on a mustier-than-usual smell about this time every year.

 

Economist: Government is top employer in Mississippi

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Government is Mississippi's largest employer these days, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Tuesday.

 

Welfare drug testing bill advances to House

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

The Mississippi House is expected to vote Wednesday on a welfare drug testing bill that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing, weeks after a judge struck down a similar law in Florida.

 

 

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