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Analysis: Top 2 Republican counties could split in governor primary

Posted 12/17/2018 in State

The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates' strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations.



Tupelo Automobile Museum closing next year

Posted 12/17/2018 in State

An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it's no longer "sustainable" for her and some volunteers to operate.



Auditor demands more than $200,000 from chancery clerk

Posted 12/15/2018 in State

Mississippi's state auditor is demanding that a southwest Mississippi official repay more than $200,000 to county government.



Some USM students want library renamed, citing segregation

Posted 12/15/2018 in State

Some students at the University of Southern Mississippi want to consider renaming the school's main library, citing the namesake's history of supporting segregation.



Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency

Posted 12/14/2018 in State

A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who says he wants to be executed is mentally competent to waive all his appeals.



Paralyzed teen gets 5 years in shooting death of his friend

Posted 12/14/2018 in State

A paralyzed teenager in Mississippi has been sentenced to five years in prison in the shooting death of another teen he described as his best friend.



Sentencing reforms get powerful backer in Mississippi

Posted 12/12/2018 in State

A conservative Republican governor and former sheriff's deputy who once sought longer prison sentences for criminals says he's changed his mind and now wants to make Mississippi's justice system less punitive.



Survey: Mississippi jail inmates fall, but many stay long

Posted 12/12/2018 in State

A new survey provided to The Associated Press suggests that the number of Mississippi inmates jailed for short periods may be declining, but that those in jail for longer is holding steady.



Dem Brown won't run again as Mississippi utility regulator

Posted 12/11/2018 in State

One of Mississippi's three public service commissioners announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2019.



Justices reject county's appeal over woman's time in jail

Posted 12/11/2018 in State

The Supreme Court has rejected a Mississippi county's appeal in the case of a woman who was jailed for more than three months without seeing a judge.



Analysis: In Jackson schools report, tough recommendations

Posted 12/10/2018 in State

Inside a layer of ego-protecting bubble wrap about eager students, a caring staff and a supportive community in the recent report on Jackson's public school system, there are a handful of rock-hard recommendations. Now, the key questions are whether new superintendent Errick Greene will adopt them and accomplish them.



Mississippi sues opioid distributors over crisis

Posted 12/8/2018 in State

Mississippi is suing three opioid distributors, saying it failed to prevent the diversion of those drugs into the state and contributed to the opioid crisis.



Mississippi leaders set initial outline for state budget

Posted 12/8/2018 in State

Top Mississippi lawmakers are setting an early and slightly diminished version of state budget recommendations for the coming year.



Mississippi justices reject challenges over execution drug

Posted 12/8/2018 in State

Mississippi's state Supreme Court on Thursday denied appeals from two death row inmates over Mississippi's plans to execute them using a sedative called midazolam.



Test points to Mississippi's fourth case of deer disease

Posted 12/7/2018 in State

Officials say a fourth case of a debilitating deer disease may have been found in Mississippi.



Williams-Sonoma to open Mississippi furniture factory

Posted 12/7/2018 in State

A home goods retailer is expanding its furniture manufacturing to Mississippi, with plans to hire 350 people.



Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash

Posted 12/6/2018 in State

Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.



Court won't reopen lawsuit about Confederate-themed flag

Posted 12/6/2018 in State

A federal appeals court is not reviving a lawsuit that tried to block a Mississippi city from flying the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.



Mississippi has 1st pediatric death of current flu season

Posted 12/6/2018 in State

The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming the first pediatric influenza death in the state for the 2018-19 flu season.



Longtime supervisor in Mississippi Delta dies after wreck

Posted 12/5/2018 in State

A longtime county supervisor in the Mississippi Delta has died after a wreck, and a temporary successor will be appointed to serve the rest of his term.



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