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Miss. high school graduation rate up, still below national average

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's high school graduation rate continued its push up toward the national average in the 2014-2015 school year.

 

 

Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a bill that would give control of the city's two airports to a state-appointed board.

 

 

Attorney: Miss. law could harm access to gay marriage

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

A new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge's order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry, says an attorney who helped overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.

 

 

Portland, Maine, bans travel to Miss., N.C.

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

Portland, Maine, is banning all non-essential travel of city employees to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.

 

 

Religious leaders object to religious objections law

Posted 4/26/2016 in State

Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi's new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles.

 

 

March casino revenue dips as coast gambling lags

Posted 4/26/2016 in State

Dipping Gulf Coast casino revenue dragged down Mississippi's statewide gambling totals in March.

 

 

Michelle Obama urges JSU grads to vote to protect civil rights

Posted 4/25/2016 in State

First lady Michelle Obama told graduates of a historically black university in Mississippi on Saturday that "the power of voting is real and lasting" and they need to cast ballots to protect civil-rights advances made by previous generations.

 

 

Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Several legislators make impression in '16 session

Posted 4/25/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators last week ended their 2016 session, their first gathering of a four-year term. With 122 members in the House and 52 in the Senate, a few stood out from the crowd.

 

 

2016 session: Tax cut, school changes; no new highway money

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators grabbed national attention during their 2016 session by voting to let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

 

 

China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China.

 

 

Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans solve flag fight with coins

Posted 4/22/2016 in State

House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

 

 

Treasurer says borrowing too high, some projects unworthy

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is objecting to a bill passed by lawmakers to borrow money for construction projects, saying some of the projects are imprudent and she's worried about the state taking on too much debt.

 

 

Bryant cutting $25M in 2nd round of reductions

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday made his second round of state spending cuts since the current budget year started July 1, with revenue continuing to fall short of expectations in a sluggish economy.

 

 

UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi.

 

 

Clarksdale officer shot in face returns home from hospital

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

A Clarksdale police corporal who was shot in the face two months ago has returned home.

 

 

Miss. House turns back limit on taking campaign cash

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

With longtime members rebelling against changes, the Mississippi House voted down a bill that would have restricted personal use of campaign money.

 

 

Comedian Tracy Morgan scraps planned Miss. performance

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision.

 

 

School funding formula changes die after lawmaker talks fail

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Lawmakers won't rewrite Mississippi's K-12 school funding formula this year.

 

 

Man paroled in conspiracy to photograph senator's ill wife

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

A Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the Southern Republican's hard-fought 2014 campaign.

 

 

Bill to audit welfare recipients sent back to committee

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Lawmakers are unlikely to reconsider a bill requiring audits of Medicaid recipients and tightening restrictions on other government aid.

 

 

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