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Arrest of black man in black church fire stirs debates

Posted 12/23/2016 in State

The arrest of a black man on a charge of burning a black Mississippi church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" has sparked bickering online and consternation in the community surrounding the church.



Fire marshal: Politics unlikely motive in 'Vote Trump' arson

Posted 12/22/2016 in State

The Mississippi fire marshal says investigators don't see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" a week before the presidential election.



Judge rejects attempt to withdraw plea in prison bribery case

Posted 12/22/2016 in State

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by former Mississippi lawmaker Cecil McCrory to withdraw his guilty plea in a prison contracting bribery case.



Judge OKs new agreements in Miss. foster care case

Posted 12/20/2016 in State

The state of Mississippi and child advocates have reached another set of agreements in a 12-year-old lawsuit over shortfalls in the state's child welfare system.



Analysis: Public pension fund faces test

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Lawmakers, county supervisors, mayors, school superintendents and college presidents should hope that the run-up in the stock market that began after Donald Trump's election continues.



Scientific kids tackle wild hog population dilemma

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

In a hut tucked away in the woods of northwestern Pike County, a group of young scientists is studying ways to stop a threat of nationwide proportions -- wild hogs.



Weather service: 2 tornadoes touchdown in Miss.

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Officials say two tornadoes touched down in northern Mississippi.



Plaintiffs: No deal on Cleveland school desegregation plan

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

The U.S. Justice Department and private plaintiffs are spurning the latest desegregation plan from a Mississippi school district.



Tupelo man rebuilt his life after opioid abuse

Posted 12/19/2016 in State

Thirteen years ago, Chad Clardy dove into recovery, and he hasn't come up for air since.



Miss. president electors are committed to Trump

Posted 12/17/2016 in State

Four prominent businessmen and a woman long active in Republican politics are among those casting Mississippi's electoral votes for president.



Almost 100,000 sign up for Mississippi No Call Registry

Posted 12/17/2016 in State

Almost 100,000 Mississippians have signed up for the Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in just six months.



Plaintiffs: Mississippi law takes sides in religious debate

Posted 12/17/2016 in State

Gay rights groups and others are asking a federal appeals court to keep blocking a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.



Bryant searching for new public safety leader

Posted 12/16/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is searching for a new public safety commissioner as the current one prepares to retire after a rocky tenure.



State tax collections fall short in November

Posted 12/16/2016 in State

November was a bleak month for Mississippi tax collections.



Mississippi court OKs challenge to questioned execution drug

Posted 12/16/2016 in State

A Mississippi man sentenced to death for the murder of a community college student won consent from the state's highest court Thursday to challenge a lethal injection drug that's been blamed for botched executions and other problems around the country.



Miss. sets plan for federally subsidized child care

Posted 12/15/2016 in State

Mississippi is reorganizing how it provides federally subsidized child care to thousands of low-income children, with the Department of Human Services saying it's trying to create a better-integrated system that focuses on how well children are being prepared for kindergarten.



Prisons chief: Programs needed to keep ex-inmates on track

Posted 12/14/2016 in State

Mississippi could improve public safety by investing in programs that help people get their lives on track as they leave prison, state Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said Monday.



Attorneys: Miss. can't be sued over agent's death

Posted 12/14/2016 in State

The Mississippi attorney general's office says the state cannot be sued over the death of a Gaming Commission agent killed during a training exercise.



Elvis Presley among 5 chosen for Mississippi Hall of Fame

Posted 12/14/2016 in State

The King of Rock 'n' Roll and four others are being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.



Analysis: Budget writers prepare to say 'no' to requests

Posted 12/12/2016 in State

Directors of Mississippi government agencies should get accustomed to one word as the 2017 legislative session approaches. "No."



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