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Man pleads guilty in slayings of 2 Hattiesburg officers

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

A Hattiesburg man accused in the 2015 slayings of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate pleaded guilty Thursday in Forrest County Circuit Court.

 

 

White mother in Miss. not indicted in hot car death

Posted 8/12/2016 in State

A central Mississippi grand jury has chosen not to indict a mother whose toddler daughter died after being left in a hot car in May, a prosecutor said Thursday.

 

 

Mother of hot-car death victim fights charges against father

Posted 8/11/2016 in State

The mother of an 8-month-old girl who died in her boyfriend's hot car May 19 in northern Mississippi is asking prosecutors to dismiss charges against the father.

 

 

Beth Ann Fennelly chosen as Mississippi's new poet laureate

Posted 8/11/2016 in State

Mississippi's new poet laureate says her mission is to "get poetry in front of as many Mississippians as possible."

 

 

Electric car maker misses debt payment to Mississippi

Posted 8/10/2016 in State

Electric car maker GreenTech Automotive, which once planned to build 250,000 cars a year and invest $2 billion in an impoverished corner of Mississippi's Delta region, has missed a debt payment to the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Kemper power plant to cost $43M more

Posted 8/9/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it will take at least another month to finish the multibillion dollar power plant it's building in Kemper County, pushing the completion date back to Oct. 31 from Sept. 30.

 

 

State senator's assault case put off; explanations differ

Posted 8/6/2016 in State

The aggravated assault case against a Mississippi state senator has been postponed, with each side giving a different reason.

 

 

State approves rate jump for 1 of 2 health exchange insurers

Posted 8/5/2016 in State

Mississippi's insurance commissioner has approved a rate increase of 43 percent, on average, for one of two health insurers selling policies on the health exchange created under the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

National Guard shuts 4 Mississippi armories, may close more

Posted 8/5/2016 in State

The Mississippi Army National Guard announced Wednesday that it will close four armories as it cuts the size of its force, and more could be closing in the future.

 

 

ACLU calls for release of report on Tupelo police shooting

Posted 8/5/2016 in State

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is demanding the release of a police report on the death of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Tupelo police officer following a traffic stop.

 

 

Serviceman's widow will be reunited with POW bracelet

Posted 8/4/2016 in State

An old prisoner-of-war bracelet recovered near Corinth last week will be reunited with the family of an Air Force serviceman who was declared missing in action in 1972.

 

 

Mississippi settles sexual harassment lawsuit

Posted 8/3/2016 in State

A federal lawsuit against the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics that alleged female employees have been subjected to a pattern of sexual harassment and a sexually hostile work environment has been settled.

 

 

Lawyers: $16.5M settlement for exonerated men

Posted 8/3/2016 in State

A $16.5 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claims three men were imprisoned for decades because they were forced to confess to a crime they did not commit, lawyers said.

 

 

Grand jury doesn't indict Tupelo officer in shooting

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

Grand jurors on Monday cleared a northeast Mississippi police officer of wrongdoing in a June 18 shooting that left a man dead, but relatives rejected that finding, saying they're looking to a federal investigation and a civil lawsuit for justice.

 

 

Legislative leaders call for shift to user-based taxes

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

Legislative leaders launched a review of Mississippi's tax system and government spending Monday, saying they want to move away from income taxes and toward charging people based on their use of government services.

 

 

Judge keeps block on religious objection law during appeal

Posted 8/2/2016 in State

A federal judge on Monday denied a request by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to allow a law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage to take effect during an appeal.

 

 

Analysis: Income tax and roads loom in tax and budget review

Posted 8/1/2016 in State

As legislative leaders' plan to review taxes and spending kicks off this week, it's still unclear what results the effort might produce.

 

 

Tupelo protesters demand police reform

Posted 8/1/2016 in State

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Tupelo on Saturday to demand changes in the city's policing more than a month after a black man was fatally shot by police.

 

 

Political rivals Tate Reeves, Jim Hood stake ground at fair

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

Two would-be governors squared off at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday, presenting sharply different visions for what the Mississippi legislature should be doing.

 

 

Bryant and Gunn defend religious objections law

Posted 7/29/2016 in State

Top Mississippi leaders redoubled their defense Thursday of the state's attempt to protect religious objections to same-sex couples, transgender people or anyone engaging in sex outside marriage.

 

 

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