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Judge removed from cases defends slowness of his court

Posted 10/8/2016 in State

A judge defended complaints that he's been moving too slowly after having two cases taken from him, including a long-running lawsuit that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed against Entergy Corp. and assigned to another judge.



Ex-state worker, 1 other face federal felony meth charges

Posted 10/8/2016 in State

A former employee at the state Department of Marine Resources and another person face federal charges of meth distribution in Jackson County.



Teacher faces inquiry after video shows her dragging student

Posted 10/8/2016 in State

A Mississippi teacher faces investigations after a video shows her dragging a student by the hair at Greenville High School.



Mississippi budget request: Spend money to find tax cheaters

Posted 10/8/2016 in State

Mississippi agency directors are requesting more money to maintain public buildings, defend the state in lawsuits and hire investigators to find tax cheaters.



Senators ask DOJ to intervene over voter deadlines

Posted 10/7/2016 in State

Two Democratic senators on Wednesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that 10 states do not violate federal law with their mail-in voter registration deadlines for the November election.



Officers on paid leave after child left in patrol car dies

Posted 10/4/2016 in State

Two police officers in Mississippi are on paid leave after a 3-year-old daughter of one of the officers died unattended in a patrol car.



Bryant says he's open to lottery discussion

Posted 10/4/2016 in State



Miss. Power adds month, $62 million at Kemper plant

Posted 10/4/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. is adding another month to the construction schedule and another $62 million to the cost of the power plant it's building in Kemper County.


Judicial races are only sorta, kinda nonpartisan

Posted 10/3/2016 in State

Mississippi's judicial elections are nonpartisan in name only.


State economist: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

Posted 9/29/2016 in State

A late summer pickup in job growth could boost Mississippi's economic output for 2017, state economist Darrin Webb said Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the Magnolia State's economy is off to the races.



Who funds campaigns? Miss. eases into searchable info

Posted 9/28/2016 in State

Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections.



North Mississippi looks for a slice of the BP oil spill pie

Posted 9/28/2016 in State

Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are putting the brakes on plans to give three coastal counties all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.



Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

Posted 9/26/2016 in State

If you've got to keep paying for something, you might as well use it.



Ole Miss chancellor: Student's lynching comment was 'racist'

Posted 9/24/2016 in State

The University of Mississippi chancellor on Friday condemned a student's online comment about lynching as "racist, offensive and hurtful" after dozens of other students said the chancellor's initial response to the comment was weak and insensitive to African-Americans.



Planned Parenthood pushes challenge of Miss. law

Posted 9/22/2016 in State

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.



Anti-drug chief to retire, be replaced by former prosecutor

Posted 9/22/2016 in State

The head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is retiring after the state's drug-fighting agency came under scrutiny for sexual harassment.



Miss. 5th-highest rate of 2015 opioid prescriptions

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $366,000 to Mississippi candidates and hired an average of 18 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies.



Officials from 21 states sue to block overtime pay expansion

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration.



JSU spokeswoman: No foul play expected in student death

Posted 9/21/2016 in State

A Jackson State University spokeswoman says there's "no evidence of foul play" in the death of a student whose body was found in a men's dormitory.



Investigator: Suspect confessed to killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns confessed to investigators that he went into their home, struggled with them, stabbed them to death and stole their car, a state law enforcement agent testified Friday.



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