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Mississippi man cleared of poison-letters charges sues feds

Posted 5/8/2015 in State

An Elvis impersonator and singer in Mississippi is suing the federal government for wrongful arrest after he was charged and later cleared of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama.



Bryant asks court to reject rewording of initiative ballot

Posted 5/7/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in a Wednesday filing with the state Supreme Court, said no court should have the power to reword how the Legislature phrased its version of an education funding ballot initiative.


Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.


Mississippi gets $2.4 million to improve reading teachers

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

Mississippi will get $2.4 million to subsidize summer programs for struggling readers and improve teachers' reading instruction methods.



Greenville police officer charged in slaying of her husband

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

A Greenville police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband.



New Jersey's Gov. Christie heading to Miss.

Posted 5/5/2015 in State

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading south for a handful of events on behalf of his political action committee.



Superintendent to launch own review of Common Core

Posted 5/5/2015 in State

Mississippi education officials will conduct their own voluntary review of the Common Core academic standards, even after Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed a bill that would have created an outside panel to examine the standards.



State community college fight attracts little attention

Posted 5/4/2015 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's Community College Board should be thankful that the state's College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones.


Eagle on Miss. Capitol undergoes restoration

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The eagle atop the Mississippi Capitol has a new golden glow.

Sheriffs question inmate shift from county programs to state

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

Mississippi sheriffs say they are dismayed and puzzled by Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher's decision to abolish a program that sends inmates to 30 county jails.


Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn't ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme.



Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday.



Gov. Bryant expects to name new College Board member soon

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Bryant says he will act quickly to choose a new state College Board member after he moved one of his own recently confirmed board nominees into a different job.



Man gets maximum prison term in rundown death of black man

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

A final pair of sentencings Thursday was supposed to wrap up the long-running federal prosecution into a group of young white men and women whose repeated assaults on African-Americans in Mississippi's capital city ended in the 2011 death of an autoworker.



Top candidate to lead Community College Board withdraws

Posted 4/30/2015 in State

Mississippi's Community College Board is likely to restart its search for an executive director after the candidate favored by half the 10-member board withdrew following a five-month stalemate over hiring her.



Elvis kitsch from Graceland Too museum back on auction block

Posted 4/30/2015 in State

A huge, quirky collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia is about to be auctioned off piece-by-piece.



102-year-old woman, dogs rescued from burning home

Posted 4/29/2015 in State

Two Mississippi men helped to rescue a 102-year-old neighbor and her dogs from a fire at her home.



Nissan gives $500,000 to Miss. history museums

Posted 4/28/2015 in State

Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson.



Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

Posted 4/28/2015 in State

A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there's a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote.



Aide to Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

Posted 4/25/2015 in State

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.



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