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Miss. mulls 'see something, say something' terror bill

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

People would be immune from civil or criminal penalties in Mississippi for making good-faith reports to law enforcement officers if they suspect others are planning terroristic acts, under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

 

 

Officer remains critical after weekend shooting

Posted 2/17/2016 in State

A Clarksdale police officer remains in critical condition following a weekend shooting.

 

 

Bill: Raise Mississippi officials' expense pay to $150 a day

Posted 2/17/2016 in State

The Mississippi House has approved plans to triple the per diems paid to some state and local officials for attending meetings. At least one proponent says the current amount, $40, has not changed in 36 years.

 

 

19-year-old charged in shooting of Clarksdale officer

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

Police charged a 19-year-old man on Monday in the weekend shooting of a Clarksdale police officer.

 

 

Another man accused of bribing Epps over prison contracts

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

Another man has been charged with bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, authorities have announced.

 

 

Transgender man accused of assaulting transgender minor

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

A George County grand jury has indicted a transgender man on assault charges and sex crimes against a transgender minor.

 

 

Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Bills seek to micromanage Mississippians' lives

Posted 2/15/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators have filed more than 2,000 bills this year, and the first culling will take place by Feb. 23, the deadline for House and Senate committees to consider general bills filed in their own chamber.

 

 

Miss. officer shot in face; police questioning suspect

Posted 2/15/2016 in State

A man believed to have shot a northwest Mississippi police officer point-blank in the face and a man believed to have joined him in an earlier robbery were being questioned Sunday by police, Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said.

 

Chism pushes 'scarlet letter' DUI tag forward

Posted 2/13/2016 in State

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, has tough words for critics of his bill that would force people convicted of two or more driving under the influence charges to display a special license plate noting their past crimes: Those drivers should deal with the consequences of their actions and change their behavior.

 

Vote to remove state flag in McComb fails

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

A McComb selectman's motion to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city buildings because of its Confederate battle emblem has failed.

 

 

Puppy's collar likely caused Gulfport home's explosion

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Blame the dog. That's the conclusion fire investigators have reached regarding Wednesday's gas explosion at a home in Gulfport.

 

 

Miss. Senate advances bill for elected supervisors

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to eliminate the election of school superintendents -- an issue that has been debated for many years.

 

 

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

 

 

Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

 

 

Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.

 

 

Chicago man sues to try to get on Miss. primary ballot

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering a challenge by a Chicago businessman who's trying to get listed on the state's March 8 Democratic primary ballot for president.

 

 

Miss. education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Posted 2/10/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

 

 

No smoke alarm in more than half of Miss. fatal fires

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

More than half the people killed last year by house fires in Mississippi were in homes without working smoke alarms, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office said.

 

 

Police: 2 guns used in Miss. Mardi Gras shooting

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

Two guns were used in a shooting that killed two men and injured four other people after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi, but investigators don't know how many people fired them, the police chief said Monday.

 

 

Executive: Miss. plant will make mix of tires

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

A Continental AG tire executive said Monday that the company is likely to make a mix of heavy truck and passenger vehicle tires at the $1.45 billion factory it plans near Clinton, saying the company has been unable to satisfy demand in North America despite rapid expansion in recent years.

 

 

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