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Miss. asks court to uphold law affecting LGBT rights

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.



2 children, 1 adult killed in Halloween crash

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

A vehicle struck a flat-bed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities said.



Analysis: Campaigning in big states not the same as rigging

Posted 11/1/2016 in State

When Phil Bryant ran for governor in 2011 and 2015, there were parts of Mississippi where he didn't spend much time or money, and there were reasons for that.



Stone County High School students dispute 'noose' claims

Posted 10/29/2016 in State

Many Stone County High School students who attended a prayer rally Wednesday said allegations that white students placed a noose around the neck of a black student and yanked it have been misconstrued.



Nov. 8 hearing for ex-officer accused in daughter's death

Posted 10/29/2016 in State

A fired Long Beach police officer accused in her 3-year-old daughter's hot-car death has a preliminary hearing in the case Nov. 8.


Supreme Court candidates talk to Exchange Club

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Four candidates vying to represent Mississippi's northern district on the state Supreme Court made their pitches to the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday.


Mom: Noose leaves emotional scar on her 15yo son

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

A black 15-year-old in Mississippi shook in fear as he described how white schoolmates put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight, leaving no physical scars but perhaps a life-changing emotional wound, his mother said.



Mississippi seeing low-key congressional campaigns

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's U.S. House races are low-key, with all four incumbents enjoying comfortable fundraising leads over their challengers.



Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Posted 10/28/2016 in State

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.



Drug testing of welfare applicants not leading to treatment

Posted 10/26/2016 in State

No one in Mississippi who's applied for welfare assistance through a federal program has undergone treatment since the state enacted a drug testing law two years ago.



Emmett Till historic sign shot full of holes, being replaced

Posted 10/26/2016 in State

A center dedicated to the memory of slain black teen Emmett Till has raised over $20,000 to replace a bullet-riddled sign commemorating the 1955 Mississippi killing that helped spur the civil rights movement.



Officials investigate claim of noose put on black student

Posted 10/25/2016 in State

WIGGINS -- Stone High School's football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school's first-year coach.



County honors late politico who gave classic whiskey speech

Posted 10/24/2016 in State

Alcorn County is paying tribute to a former Mississippi judge and lawmaker who wrote a speech that's a classic example of political doubletalk.



Challenges loom large in rewriting school funding formula

Posted 10/24/2016 in State

An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi's school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson.



The journey of meth from Mexico to the Magnolia State

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

When narcotics agents in the Golden Triangle arrest a drug addict with several grams of ice methamphetamines, they're seeing the small-town result of a global industry dedicated to manufacturing and selling what is quickly becoming Mississippi's drug of choice.



Commission rejects move of Confederate statue

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.



Mississippi Capitol dome will undergo restoration work

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

Restoration is about to start again at the Mississippi Capitol, and workers will soon be putting up scaffolding around the central dome of the building.



Life sentence in 'black widow' case in New Orleans

Posted 10/22/2016 in State

A thrice-widowed woman convicted in the death of her second husband -- and suspected in the death of her third -- has been formally sentenced to life in prison.



Planned Parenthood wins suit to block Mississippi law

Posted 10/21/2016 in State

A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortions.



Move along, Bozo: Miss. county bans clowns for now

Posted 10/21/2016 in State

A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.



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