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After-school programs scaled back amid reduced funding

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

Mississippi officials say they only have enough federal money to subsidize after-school programs for a quarter of the students they originally projected to serve.



Consultant sentenced in prison bribery scheme

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A business and government consultant has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for paying kickbacks to Mississippi's former corrections commissioner and others.



Miss. sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools and districts have a new scoring system in place for assigning A-to-F grades after a series of dustups that started last month.



Hearing set for Miss. man charged with killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi is scheduled for a court hearing today, where prosecutors will present some evidence before the case goes to a grand jury.



Miss. closing private prison with history of abuse

Posted 9/15/2016 in State

A Mississippi private prison with a history of inmate abuse is preparing to shut down, three months after state officials announced their intention to close it because of a tight state budget.



Hattiesburg pastor convicted in federal theft case

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

A Hattiesburg pastor was convicted Monday on three counts of conspiracy and theft in a federal case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.



Mississippi charter board rejects plan for 3 Jackson schools

Posted 9/13/2016 in State

Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board Monday rejected an application from an Ohio-based group to open three elementary schools in Jackson, meaning the board will approve no new charter schools this year.



Beach town reels over chief's death after gun investigation

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Worries would seem to be few and far between in Bay St. Louis, a community of sandy beaches and monthly art walks that bounced back strong after 2005's Hurricane Katrina all but wiped it out.



3 MHP troopers involved in series of car accidents

Posted 9/12/2016 in State

Three Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were involved in a series of car accidents in Lincoln County.



8 qualify for Miss. presidential ballot

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

Eight candidates have qualified to be listed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot in Mississippi.



Rating agencies to visit Jackson for state credit review

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

The nation's three major credit rating agencies are making a visit to Jackson this month to review Mississippi's credit strength for this year's general obligation bond issue.



Attorney: Suit against Confederate emblem not a lost cause

Posted 9/10/2016 in State

An attorney says he's not surrendering his legal battle to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag.



Judge jabs Confederate emblem as he dismisses flag lawsuit

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.



Officials: Police chief shoots himself just after suspension

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

A Mississippi police chief who had just been suspended shot and killed himself Thursday in the police department's parking lot, officials said, in what was described as "a bad day for law enforcement."



IRS agent: Hattiesburg pastor diverted $60,000 to his church

Posted 9/9/2016 in State

An IRS agent says that a Hattiesburg pastor took $60,000 from a federally-funded housing rehabilitation program to subsidize his church.



Tupelo officer back at work weeks after fatal shooting

Posted 9/8/2016 in State

A white police officer is back at work in northeast Mississippi, weeks after a grand jury declined to indict him in the shooting death of a black man who ran from a traffic stop.



Moss Point police chief mixes drinking and driving, loses job

Posted 9/8/2016 in State

A south Mississippi police chief is losing his job after a newspaper reported he was clocked driving 109 mph in a city vehicle and he told officers he had consumed "at least three vodkas."



Education, health graduates most likely to stay in Mississippi

Posted 9/8/2016 in State

New research shows that students earning degrees in education and health-related fields from Mississippi's public universities are the most likely to stay in the state five years after graduation.



Mississippi bumps up to 19 West Nile virus cases this year

Posted 9/7/2016 in State

Mississippi health officials are confirming four new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 19 cases this year.



Analysis: Tax and budget groups? Been there, done that

Posted 9/6/2016 in State

Mississippi's Republican legislative leaders have created "working groups" that will meet a few days over the next several weeks to delve into tax policies and pick apart government spending practices.



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