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Wicker to visit Meridian amid training jets safety concerns

Posted 4/7/2017 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is planning a Saturday visit with Navy officials and pilots stationed at the Naval Air Station in Meridian.

 

 

Miss. revenue up in March, but still short since July

Posted 4/6/2017 in State

Mississippi tax collections picked up slightly in March, after months of being in the doldrums.

 

 

Audit finds explicit material on school-issued computers

Posted 4/5/2017 in State

A review by the Mississippi auditor's office found pornography and other explicit material on computers that some public schools issued to middle school and high school students.

 

 

Mississippi Power: Another month, another $99M for Kemper plant

Posted 4/5/2017 in State

Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it needs one more month and another $99 million to finish its $7.2 billion Kemper County power plant.

 

 

Mississippi governor proclaims Confederate Heritage Month

Posted 4/5/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has again proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month.

 

 

5 killed as storms sweep through South

Posted 4/4/2017 in State

A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek was among five people killed in storms across the South.

 

 

Court won't revive suit over Confederate-themed state flag

Posted 4/1/2017 in State

A federal appeals court has blocked an African-American attorney's effort to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. He says he'll take the case to the Supreme Court.

 

 

Lottery? Miss. House leader setting group to study it

Posted 4/1/2017 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he will appoint a committee to study the pros and cons of creating a state lottery.

 

 

Mississippi Legislature ends session with budgets unfinished

Posted 3/30/2017 in State

The Mississippi Legislature ended its 2017 regular session Wednesday, but will have to return later to pass budgets for the attorney general's office and the Department of Transportation.

 

 

Spice maker to open Marshall Co. warehouse, hiring 48

Posted 3/30/2017 in State

McCormick & Co. will open a distribution center in north Mississippi, investing $6 million in equipment and hiring 48 workers.

 

 

Lawmakers say Bryant can use another $50M to cover deficits

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers Tuesday gave Gov. Phil Bryant permission to withdraw another $50 million from state reserves to cover deficits in the budget year that ends June 30.

 

 

Execution statute, with firing squad, heads to Miss. governor

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

Lawmakers want Mississippi to change how it handles executions, with changes meant to overcome legal challenges to execution drugs, and possibly allow the state to use electrocution and the firing squad as death penalty methods.

 

 

Domestic abuse divorce bill moves ahead

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

A bill defining domestic violence in is on its way to the governor's desk.

 

 

Journalist Wilson 'Bill' Minor dies; covered civil rights

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Wilson F. "Bill" Minor, a journalist who chronicled Mississippi through almost 70 years of change including its turbulent struggle over civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Jackson. He was 94.

 

 

Talks break down over Mississippi transportation spending

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Mississippi House and Senate leaders publicly bickered but failed to agree on a transportation spending plan before a Monday night deadline, likely forcing the governor to call lawmakers back for a special session before the budget year begins July 1.

 

 

Miss. governor approves outlawing of sanctuary cities

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status.

 

 

Miss. legislator calls budget 'deliberate wreckage'

Posted 3/27/2017 in State

The Mississippi legislature inched toward a budget Sunday, after a contentious process the day before.

 

 

Miss. lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

 

 

15-pound boxes of catfish from Miss. company recalled

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming.

 

 

Bryant signs bill doubling penalties for anti-police crimes

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

People who commit crimes in Mississippi against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers will face doubled penalties starting July 1.

 

 

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