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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.

 

Corrections head: Miss. prison commissaries may close

Posted 12/11/2015 in State

The head of the Mississippi prison system might halt the commissary program inside Mississippi prisons, saying it causes more problems than it solves.

 

 

B.B. King's gravesite getting memorial courtyard

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

Nearly seven months after blues legend B.B. King died, his Mississippi gravesite is being turned into a serene spot where blues fans can pay their respects.

 

 

Fired Ingalls supervisor sentenced for role in $11.3M fraud

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A former supervisor at Ingalls Shipbuilding has been sentenced to three years' probation and eight months of house arrest for failing to report the fraudulent charging of time and labor for work on U.S. Coast Guard and Navy vessels at the Pascagoula shipyard.

 

 

Legislative report questions Mississippi preschool program

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A new report from a legislative watchdog agency questions how education officials are running a program to fund preschool classes for some Mississippi 4-year-olds, and says students in those classes performed worse in 2014 than students in other prekindergarten classes taught by public school districts.

 

 

Device detonated after bomb threat, evacuation

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A junior high school was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after what appeared to be a homemade bomb was found in the library.

 

 

Cochran backs Bush's 2016 presidential campaign

Posted 12/9/2015 in State

The Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is endorsing Jeb Bush for president.

 

Miss. football teams going bowling

Posted 12/8/2015 in State

Four Mississippi universities will play in postseason football bowl games, and tickets are on sale.

 

Supreme Court seems to favor limits on tribal court lawsuits

Posted 12/8/2015 in State

The Supreme Court appears ready to impose limits on lawsuits in a Native American court against people who are not members of the Indian tribe.

 

 

Miss. judge steps down to run foster care system

Posted 12/8/2015 in State

Associate State Supreme Court Justice David Chandler is stepping down from the bench to take over Mississippi's troubled foster care system.

 

 

Morgan Freeman unhurt after plane's forced landing

Posted 12/7/2015 in State

A plane carrying actor Morgan Freeman and his pilot blew a tire on takeoff from a Mississippi airport and made an emergency landing in which its landing gear collapsed and the plane ran off the side of a runway, authorities said. No one was injured.

 

 

Chief: Wife accused of shooting Natchez police officer

Posted 12/7/2015 in State

Natchez Police Chief Daniel White says an officer has been shot and the officer's wife is accused.

 

 

Nissan charged with violating labor laws at Miss. unit

Posted 12/5/2015 in State

The National Labor Relations Board is charging Nissan Motor Co. and a contract worker agency with violating workers' rights at the company's Mississippi plant.

 

 

Mississippi tries to balance utility worries in solar rules

Posted 12/4/2015 in State

The sun will rise on residential solar panels in Mississippi, but it's unclear how bright their future will be.

 

 

Tupelo council approves purchase of 75 body cameras

Posted 12/3/2015 in State

The Tupelo City Council has approved the purchase of 75 body cameras at a total cost of around $60,000.

 

 

Autopsy finds man died of 'LSD toxicity' in police custody

Posted 12/2/2015 in State

A medical examiner's autopsy reports that a Tennessee man died of accidental "complications of LSD toxicity" in police custody earlier this year in Mississippi.

 

 

Divorce granted to Miss. same-sex couple

Posted 12/2/2015 in State

Two years after their divorce filing got entangled in Mississippi's efforts to prevent same-sex marriage, a judge Tuesday dissolved the legal union of Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

 

 

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