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Under the Capitol dome: Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today.



Union: Company will move work from China to Miss.

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

The United Steelworkers union says workers at the True Temper Sports plant in Amory have ratified a new contract with the sporting goods maker.



Animals killed by wild dogs at Mississippi zoo

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Wild animals at a Mississippi zoo continue to fall prey to wilder animals intruding from the outside.



German auto parts maker Hago to open Iuka plant, hiring 80

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

German auto parts supplier Hago Automotive Corp. will open a metal stamping plant in Tishomingo County, investing $10 million and hiring 80 people.



Minor changes proposed for Mississippi school standards

Posted 12/19/2015 in State

Mississippi education officials are considering minor tweaks to the state's academic standards, nothing like the wholesale rejection sought by opponents of the Common Core-linked standards.



Business group seeks $375M-a-year boost to transport funding

Posted 12/19/2015 in State



Trustees give final approval to plans for tuition increases

Posted 12/18/2015 in State

Tuition will be going up at Mississippi's eight public universities in fall 2016, after College Board trustees gave final approval to the increase Thursday.



College Board sets pay of $600K for Ole Miss, MSU leaders

Posted 12/18/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi's new chancellor will make $600,000 a year, and Mississippi State University's president is getting a pay raise to match.



Education, health, prisons face cuts in FY17 budget draft

Posted 12/16/2015 in State

Mississippi's top budget writers are recommending spending cuts to schools, universities, community colleges, prisons, Medicaid, and mental health and human services for the coming year.



Monroe Co. courthouse reopens after threat

Posted 12/15/2015 in State

The Monroe County courthouse in Aberdeen has reopened following its closure Monday after someone threatened to attack the building.



Book shows angles of Miss. civil rights resistance

Posted 12/14/2015 in State

When James Meredith challenged Mississippi's entrenched system of white supremacy in 1962, Gov. Ross Barnett had a plan to stop the black military veteran from integrating the state's flagship university.


Ala. man calls killing of 3 Mississippians 'big mistake'

Posted 12/11/2015 in State

A man charged with killing three people and sexually assaulting a witness told a Mississippi judge Thursday it was all "a big mistake" that began when he hit a deer, and got worse when he took drugs and tried to find the road kill.


Corrections head: Miss. prison commissaries may close

Posted 12/11/2015 in State

The head of the Mississippi prison system might halt the commissary program inside Mississippi prisons, saying it causes more problems than it solves.



B.B. King's gravesite getting memorial courtyard

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

Nearly seven months after blues legend B.B. King died, his Mississippi gravesite is being turned into a serene spot where blues fans can pay their respects.



Fired Ingalls supervisor sentenced for role in $11.3M fraud

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A former supervisor at Ingalls Shipbuilding has been sentenced to three years' probation and eight months of house arrest for failing to report the fraudulent charging of time and labor for work on U.S. Coast Guard and Navy vessels at the Pascagoula shipyard.



Legislative report questions Mississippi preschool program

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A new report from a legislative watchdog agency questions how education officials are running a program to fund preschool classes for some Mississippi 4-year-olds, and says students in those classes performed worse in 2014 than students in other prekindergarten classes taught by public school districts.



Device detonated after bomb threat, evacuation

Posted 12/10/2015 in State

A junior high school was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after what appeared to be a homemade bomb was found in the library.



Cochran backs Bush's 2016 presidential campaign

Posted 12/9/2015 in State

The Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is endorsing Jeb Bush for president.


Miss. football teams going bowling

Posted 12/8/2015 in State

Four Mississippi universities will play in postseason football bowl games, and tickets are on sale.


Supreme Court seems to favor limits on tribal court lawsuits

Posted 12/8/2015 in State

The Supreme Court appears ready to impose limits on lawsuits in a Native American court against people who are not members of the Indian tribe.



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