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Governor signs welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a welfare drug-testing bill on Monday, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash.

 

 

Inmates attempt to sneak drugs into jail

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Two Alcorn County regional jail inmates are being returned to the state penitentiary in Parchman after attempting to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Corinth facility.

 

 

Miss. court denies extra compensation to ex-inmate

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi says Frank Sanders Tipton is due $41,097 for the 300 days he was wrongfully incarcerated in prison.

 

 

Man shot while fishing in Rankin Co.

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

A man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot multiple times while fishing with his three sons.

 

 

Combs endorses Canton union push

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Sean "Diddy" Combs is adding his support those seeking a union at Nissan Motor Co. Combs endorsed the effort by video at a free pro-union concert by rapper Common Friday night at Jackson State University.

 

 

Mississippi legislative voting often confusing

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each year. While most votes are straightforward, House and Senate operating rules can make it difficult for spectators -- or even new lawmakers -- to understand what's happening when legislation passes or fails.

 

Competitor fights Miss. Silicon permit

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

A competitor's effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court.

 

Federal school report highlights Miss. disparities

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country.

 

 

Presley issues consumer alert regarding billing scam

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley warned consumers to be on guard against scammers that have been targeting Mississippi utility customers.

 

 

Several shots fired into Hattiesburg Islamic Center

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Hattiesburg police are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center.

 

 

DeSoto County bans use of e-cigarettes

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

DeSoto County has added electronic cigarettes to a local smoking ban in government buildings.

 

 

Parties dismiss suit over execution drug info

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections and attorneys for a death row inmate have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over release of information on execution drugs and suppliers.

 

 

Mississippi legislators OK final version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Legislation to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval Thursday from state lawmakers.

 

 

Clash of GOP titans in Mississippi Senate race

Posted 3/20/2014 in State

Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran is facing his toughest primary challenge in nearly 36 years in the Senate, from a tea party favorite who casts him as an out-of-touch Washington insider. But Cochran is meeting state lawmaker Chris McDaniel's barbs with a potent weapon: the Barbour family's political machine.

 

 

More layoffs at Viking range plant

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Viking Range Corp. has announcement more layoffs in Greenwood.

 

Senate confirms Wright as superintendent

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Four months after she started work, Carey Wright's position as Mississippi's state superintendent of education is official.

 

State employee pay proposal stalls in Miss. Senate

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Mississippi senators on Tuesday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers.

 

 

Commissioner: Contraband never-ending battle

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

Mississippi corrections officials have added netting, body scanners and monthly prison searches to a growing list of steps to keep illegal cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband out of prisoners' hands.

 

 

Criminal justice bill almost ready to go to gov

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

A bill that supporters say could make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and cut prison costs by hundreds of millions of dollars is one step from going to Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Bail cut for man accused in son's shaking death

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Bail for a Vicksburg man accused of shaking his infant son to death has been lowered by more than 97 percent.

 

 

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