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Tom Brokaw to deliver Ole Miss commencement address

Posted 3/10/2016 in State

NBC's Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw returns to Oxford, Mississippi, to deliver the 163rd Ole Miss commencement address.

 

Trump, Clinton big winners at Miss. polls

Posted 3/9/2016 in State

There was little drama attached to Tuesday's presidential primaries in Mississippi, where party front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won easily.

 

SC lawmaker: Remove rebel emblem from Miss. flag

Posted 3/9/2016 in State

A South Carolina lawmaker is joining other black leaders in calling for Mississippi to change the last state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

 

Election 2016: Trump draws thousands in Madison

Posted 3/8/2016 in State

At least 9,000 people showed up to Madison Central High School to see Donald Trump on the eve of Mississippi's Republican primary.

 

Getting burning death suspect to Mississippi will take time

Posted 3/8/2016 in State

A Mississippi prosecutor says it could be late this year before the 27-year-old man accused of burning a 19-year-old woman to death is returned from Louisiana to face a capital murder charge.

 

 

Analysis: Halfway through session, big debates yet to begin

Posted 3/7/2016 in State

Mississippi's 2016 legislative session may be halfway over, but debate has yet to really begin on three of the biggest issues.

 

 

Updated Mississippi flag lawsuit says rebel emblem 'vestige' of slavery

Posted 3/5/2016 in State

The Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is unconstitutional because it's a "vestige" of slavery, an attorney argues in an update to his lawsuit seeking to change the banner.

 

 

Grammy Museum opens Saturday in Mississippi Delta

Posted 3/4/2016 in State

The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles opens Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, cradle of the blues.

 

 

House would allow online voter registration, early voting

Posted 3/4/2016 in State

Mississippi voters could register online and vote in person ahead of elections under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.

 

 

Miss. will defend lawsuit over Confederate-themed flag

Posted 3/3/2016 in State

Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will defend his state's flag against a lawsuit that seeks to remove its Confederate battle emblem, even though he thinks the flag hurts the state and should change.

 

 

Miss. Senate: No state money for Planned Parenthood

Posted 3/3/2016 in State

Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to prevent the state Medicaid program from spending any money with Planned Parenthood, even if it's only a few hundred dollars a year.

 

 

Judge: Convicts must pay hit-and-run victim's heirs $840K

Posted 3/2/2016 in State

A judge Monday ordered four white men convicted in the June 2011 beating and rundown death of a black autoworker in Mississippi to pay his heirs $840,000.

 

 

Proposal: Use part of Miss. oil spill money for transportation

Posted 3/2/2016 in State

Part of Mississippi's oil spill settlement money would be set aside to help pay for transportation improvements statewide, under a proposal that moved through the House but is likely to stall in the Senate.

 

 

Mississippi Senate passes execution secrecy bill

Posted 3/2/2016 in State

The names of employees and family members at an execution, as well as the pharmacy providing lethal drugs, would be kept secret under a bill passed Tuesday by the Mississippi Senate.

 

 

Jackson rejects emergency declaration over water

Posted 3/2/2016 in State

Jackson officials have declined to declare a state of emergency over high levels of lead discovered in Jackson's tap water.

 

 

Lawsuit seeks to remove Confederate-themed Miss. flag

Posted 3/1/2016 in State

A federal lawsuit against Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant seeks to eliminate the nation's last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem.

 

Analysis: Conflict puts lawmakers' own speech in peril

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

A majority of Mississippi House members voted willingly last week to limit their own power of speech in their own chamber by eliminating something called the point of personal privilege.

 

Miss. House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

Mississippi House Republicans passed a bill Friday that would require regular audits of Medicaid recipients and penalize those who fail to update their records.

 

 

Legislators talk gas tax increase to repair roads, bridges

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

The heads of the Mississippi Legislature's two transportation committees are considering raising the gas tax to maintain highways and bridges.

 

 

Black Caucus stalls Miss. House work amid tensions

Posted 2/26/2016 in State

Black Democrats in the Mississippi House say Republicans are unfairly shutting them out of the legislative process, and they stalled House business for several hours Thursday to try to pressure the majority GOP.

 

 

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