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Lawsuit: Waitress fired over religious objection to pants

Posted 9/27/2017 in State

A restaurant chain discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a waitress, a federal agency says in a lawsuit.



Watchdog agency questions Mississippi education contracts

Posted 9/27/2017 in State

A state government watchdog agency is criticizing the Mississippi Department of Education for issuing contracts without taking bids, even though the contractors were paid more than the amounts that trigger bid requirements.



State gets more time in lawsuit over Confederate-themed flag

Posted 9/26/2017 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Mississippi more time to respond to a lawsuit that challenges the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.



Analysis: Do regulators hear praises of Miss. Power?

Posted 9/25/2017 in State

It's beginning to sound like 2010 again at the Public Service Commission.



Mississippi Medicaid seeks more money for its current budget

Posted 9/23/2017 in State

The Mississippi Medicaid program is requesting more money to pay for services during the state budget year that ends in June.



Mississippi lawmakers start picking through budget requests

Posted 9/22/2017 in State

Mississippi government agencies are seeking about $800 million more for the coming year -- roughly a 13 percent increase in a $6 billion budget. But legislators warn that with slow economic growth, there won't be enough new tax revenue to cover all the requests.



Memo: Consider civil rights home for national monument

Posted 9/21/2017 in State

Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.



Mississippi teacher on leave after racist Facebook post

Posted 9/20/2017 in State

A Mississippi teacher is out of the classroom after a racist Facebook post.



Survey: Childhood obesity may be falling in Mississippi

Posted 9/20/2017 in State

New government data show Mississippi children aren't getting fatter, and may be getting skinnier.



Ole Miss could swap black bear mascot

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

Years after it traded Colonel Reb for a bear, the University of Mississippi could again change its sidelines sports mascot.



Man in horror-film mask shoots 3 in Mississippi; 1 killed

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

Police say a man wearing a Jason Voorhees mask from the horror movie "Friday the 13th" shot three people in Mississippi, killing one and injuring two.



Miss. hometown honors author of civil rights memoir

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

A civil rights activist who wrote about challenging segregation in the South was honored in her hometown, two years after her death.



Miss. hits 51 West Nile virus cases so far for 2017

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming four new cases of West Nile virus.



Analysis: School takeover tangled in web of other issues

Posted 9/18/2017 in State

The potential state takeover of Mississippi's second-largest school district has highlighted the depth of anger some people feel about how policymakers treat public education and how some legislators have acted toward the capital city.



US chief justice taking part in Mississippi bicentennial

Posted 9/16/2017 in State

The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is helping Mississippi mark the bicentennial of statehood and its judicial system.



Education board backs takeover of Jackson district

Posted 9/15/2017 in State

The Mississippi Board of Education is moving closer to taking over the state's second-largest school district because of academic and accountability problems, but some parents are vowing a legal fight.



Regulators set January decision for Mississippi Power rates

Posted 9/14/2017 in State

Mississippi's three public service commissioners said Tuesday that they would decide by January how much customers should pay for a disputed power plant.



Another city could furl state flag with Confederate emblem

Posted 9/13/2017 in State

Another Mississippi city could stop flying the state flag because it features the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist.



Indictments: Officials stole nearly $300,000 to buy guns

Posted 9/13/2017 in State

Officials say the former police chief and town clerk in a northeast Mississippi town stole nearly $300,000 from the 900-resident town and state, with the clerk using some money to buy guns and give them to the chief.



2 men charged with kidnapping and raping Ole Miss student

Posted 9/12/2017 in State

Two men are charged with kidnapping and raping a University of Mississippi student.



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