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School formula calls for $312M more in 2016

Posted 7/24/2014 in State

Mississippi's public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday.

 

 

12 Guard members indicted in recruitment fraud

Posted 7/24/2014 in State

Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in cases alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting new soldiers.

 

 

Chinese aim for big Asian carp catch in Miss.

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

If you can't beat them, eat them. That's Mississippi's approach to invasive Asian carp, a pesky fish the state is trying to turn into a job creator by catching and exporting it to China.

 

 

South, Southwest score low on child-welfare index

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

 

 

Bryant appears in GOP governors' promo video

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says in a new video that some in Washington have compared Mississippi to an old jalopy but he intends to drive full throttle toward economic recovery.

 

 

Arguments set in lawsuit over voter rolls

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records.

 

 

Federal inquiries delay BancorpSouth takeovers

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

BancorpSouth's acquisitions of a bank in Louisiana and one in Texas are being delayed because of federal inquiries into BancorpSouth's practices.

 

 

Public speaks on Mississippi welfare drug tests

Posted 7/23/2014 in State

A Mississippi agency should be cautious in carrying out a new welfare drug-testing law and should not set administrative rules that could penalize an entire household for one person's behavior, advocates for civil liberties and poor people told officials Tuesday.

 

 

Hearing set on Miss. welfare drug-testing law

Posted 7/22/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law.

 

 

Neshoba Fair could shape Senate race

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

Mississippi's 2014 U.S. Senate race has been dominated by a bitter Republican primary that never seems to end. One of the state's largest political gatherings, the Neshoba County Fair, could help shift the focus to a Democrat-versus-Republican narrative heading toward the Nov. 4 general election.

 

Graceland Too tours, MacLeod memorial to be Aug. 12

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

The Holly Springs mansion that became a popular Elvis Presley museum will reopen to the public during Elvis Presley week with a memorial for owner Paul MacLeod. MacLeod was found dead Thursday on his front porch. He was 71.

 

Man accused of posing as fed to rob immigrants

Posted 7/21/2014 in State

Amite County Sheriff Tim Wroten says a 37-year-old McComb man is accused of posing as a Border Patrol agent to rob three immigrants.

 

 

McDaniel: GOP should be 'purged' after Senate race

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Friday that other Republicans used "race-baiting" to hurt him in a U.S. Senate primary, and the GOP needs to be "purged" of people who use racially inflammatory campaign techniques against members of their own party.

 

 

Police recover Hood's stolen handgun

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood.

 

 

Jails rethink layout as female inmate numbers rise

Posted 7/19/2014 in State

When 13 women were arrested for prostitution in Tupelo in June the Lee County Jail had to act quickly to move temporary bedding into the women's detention area and create new spaces where female inmates could be housed.

 

Owner of offbeat Elvis museum found dead

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

 

Hate crime investigation grows in Mississippi

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions. The most recent indictments -- two men and two women -- were made public Wednesday.

 

 

Man with gun threatens runners on Natchez Trace

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

Authorities say cross country runners training along the Natchez Trace have been threatened with a gun.

 

 

Justices: Conceal voters' birthdates on poll books

Posted 7/18/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that circuit clerks must redact voters' birthdates before poll books are open for public inspection.

 

 

Four more indicted in attacks on blacks

Posted 7/17/2014 in State

Four more people have been indicted in what prosecutors say were a series of racially motivated attacks on blacks in Mississippi.

 

 

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