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Tupelo band director arrested on drug charges

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

Police say a high school band director was arrested on drug charges after he was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine.

 

 

Group calls off lawsuit over Nativity display

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

The American Humanist Association is calling off a lawsuit against Harrison County over a Nativity scene in the courthouse lobby.

 

 

Mississippi signs up 90K-plus for marketplace coverage

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 90,358 in Mississippi.

 

 

State troopers to increase patrol over Christmas weekend

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

State troopers have announced they will beef up their patrols during the Christmas weekend.

 

 

Mississippi may close 3 more inmate work centers

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Facing a tight budget, the head of Mississippi's prison system said Monday that staff shortages may prompt him to close three more inmate community work centers that provide free labor to counties.

 

 

Trump set to campaign Jan. 2 in Biloxi

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign just after the New Year on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

 

 

US attorney: Restaurant pays $3K in service dog settlement

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

The U.S. attorney in Jackson says a Hattiesburg restaurant will pay $3,000 for telling a woman that she and her service dog had to leave, then seating them in a corner.

 

 

JSU raises nonblack enrollment, gains control of endowment

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Jackson State University will become the second of Mississippi's three historically black universities to gain control of an endowment set aside in a desegregation lawsuit.

 

 

Under the Capitol dome: Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today.

 

 

Union: Company will move work from China to Miss.

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

The United Steelworkers union says workers at the True Temper Sports plant in Amory have ratified a new contract with the sporting goods maker.

 

 

Animals killed by wild dogs at Mississippi zoo

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Wild animals at a Mississippi zoo continue to fall prey to wilder animals intruding from the outside.

 

 

German auto parts maker Hago to open Iuka plant, hiring 80

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

German auto parts supplier Hago Automotive Corp. will open a metal stamping plant in Tishomingo County, investing $10 million and hiring 80 people.

 

 

Minor changes proposed for Mississippi school standards

Posted 12/19/2015 in State

Mississippi education officials are considering minor tweaks to the state's academic standards, nothing like the wholesale rejection sought by opponents of the Common Core-linked standards.

 

 

Business group seeks $375M-a-year boost to transport funding

Posted 12/19/2015 in State

 

 

Trustees give final approval to plans for tuition increases

Posted 12/18/2015 in State

Tuition will be going up at Mississippi's eight public universities in fall 2016, after College Board trustees gave final approval to the increase Thursday.

 

 

College Board sets pay of $600K for Ole Miss, MSU leaders

Posted 12/18/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi's new chancellor will make $600,000 a year, and Mississippi State University's president is getting a pay raise to match.

 

 

Education, health, prisons face cuts in FY17 budget draft

Posted 12/16/2015 in State

Mississippi's top budget writers are recommending spending cuts to schools, universities, community colleges, prisons, Medicaid, and mental health and human services for the coming year.

 

 

Monroe Co. courthouse reopens after threat

Posted 12/15/2015 in State

The Monroe County courthouse in Aberdeen has reopened following its closure Monday after someone threatened to attack the building.

 

 

Book shows angles of Miss. civil rights resistance

Posted 12/14/2015 in State

When James Meredith challenged Mississippi's entrenched system of white supremacy in 1962, Gov. Ross Barnett had a plan to stop the black military veteran from integrating the state's flagship university.

 

Ala. man calls killing of 3 Mississippians 'big mistake'

Posted 12/11/2015 in State

A man charged with killing three people and sexually assaulting a witness told a Mississippi judge Thursday it was all "a big mistake" that began when he hit a deer, and got worse when he took drugs and tried to find the road kill.

 

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