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Officials looking at taxes on Nissan plant

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

The president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors said officials will negotiate with Nissan over property taxes in early 2014. An initial 10-year tax exemption expires at the end of the year.

 

 

Group: Miss. should do better to help vendors

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

It's too hard for companies to track down information on how to sell goods and services to state government and Mississippi should make it easier to do business with the state, a legislative watchdog group said.

 

Bryant proposes $4.4M to Mississippi hospitals

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act.

 

Kidd asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear petition

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

John Ray Kidd, a Pontotoc County man convicted of sexual assault in an attack on a woman who had accepted a ride home from him, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to listen to his post-conviction arguments for a new trial.

 

 

Two state prisons get new supes

Posted 12/2/2013 in State

New superintendents have taken over the leadership of two Mississippi state prisons.

 

In some states, gays fight for right to divorce

Posted 11/30/2013 in State

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham wants to force Mississippi, one of the America's most conservative states, to recognize her same-sex marriage. She hopes to do so by getting a divorce.

 

Details in Brookhaven burned body case emerge

Posted 11/30/2013 in State

Lincoln County officials say a McComb man whose burned body was found on a secluded Brookhaven street on Oct. 30 was shot at least twice.

 

 

Mississippi's last living daughter of Confederate soldier dies

Posted 11/29/2013 in State

Mildred Belle Martin Barron, regarded as Mississippi's last living daughter of a Confederate soldier, died Tuesday at her Amite County home after suffering a stroke. She was 106.

 

 

FAA wants man's tower operator papers

Posted 11/29/2013 in State

The Federal Aviation Administration has asked a federal judge to force a Tupelo man to surrender his control tower operator's certificate after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana.

 

 

Natchez looking into city cemetery maintenance

Posted 11/29/2013 in State

The city of Natchez is going to gather information about the cost of a grass-cutting contract for the city cemetery.

 

 

Miss. sheriff to plead guilty to witness tampering

Posted 11/29/2013 in State

The Jackson County sheriff has agreed to plead guilty to witness tampering after he admitted kicking a handcuffed suspect and trying to recruit a deputy to help him cover it up, according to court documents.

 

 

Teen wanted in Memphis shooting found in Miss.

Posted 11/29/2013 in State

Police in Memphis say they've tracked down a Crips gang member sought in a 2012 shooting in northeast Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. road builders keep up push for state money

Posted 11/28/2013 in State

Mississippi builders are exploring new routes to garner support for more road and bridge work money, with a trade association releasing a study Tuesday that says such construction helps the state's economy.

 

 

Tobacco whistleblower dies in Mississippi

Posted 11/28/2013 in State

Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking.

 

 

Miss. state auditor mulls U.S. Senate run in 2014

Posted 11/27/2013 in State

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014 if Republican Sen. Thad Cochran does not seek re-election.

 

 

Application released for Mississippi charter schools

Posted 11/27/2013 in State

Groups seeking to establish a charter school in Mississippi have until March 14 to submit their applications, though officials may continue to fine-tune the application forms.

 

 

Atheist group, Rankin schools settle

Posted 11/27/2013 in State

An atheist group and the Rankin County School District have settled a lawsuit over allegations that high school students were forced to attend religion-tinged on-campus programs.

 

 

Former Jackson meteorologist sentenced

Posted 11/27/2013 in State

Former Jackson television meteorologist Eric Law has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to one count of sexual battery involving a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors dropped three other counts.

 

 

Mississippi to start making voter ID cards in early 2014

Posted 11/26/2013 in State

Mississippi's top elections official says the state should start issuing free voter identification cards in early 2014, months before the first election in which people will be required to show photo IDs at the polls.

 

 

Jackson Furniture to add new Miss. plant, hire 250

Posted 11/26/2013 in State

A Tennessee furniture maker is opening two plants in northeast Mississippi, hiring 250. Jackson Furniture, based in Cleveland, Tenn., announced Monday that it will add a plant in Myrtle to one it opened in Mantachie in September, investing $2 million overall.

 

 

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