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Mississippi graduation rates reach all time high

Posted 6/23/2016 in State

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, high school graduation rates for the state reached an all time high during the 2015-2016 school year with 80.8 percent of all students graduating within four years.


Miss. LGBT law withstands 1 challenge; 3 others await

Posted 6/22/2016 in State

A federal judge has declined to block a Mississippi gay marriage law in one challenge filed against it. But it's still possible he will block the law after considering three other lawsuits.



Prosecutor: 'Mississippi Burning' civil rights case closed

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

One day short of the 52nd anniversary of three civil rights workers' disappearance during Mississippi's "Freedom Summer," state and federal prosecutors said Monday that the investigation into the slayings is over.



Mississippi's budget gap could widen because $72M protected

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says legislative efforts to use one-time cash to plug a budget hole will be at least $128 million short of the amount lawmakers originally thought they would get.



Conservative divide scuttles Mississippi term limits effort

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

An effort to get a term limits initiative on the Mississippi ballot was doomed because conservative volunteers started gathering signatures but later shifted their time and energy to the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, organizers said Monday.



Attorney: Treat same-sex couples same as others for licenses

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

Same-sex couples in Mississippi should not be left guessing whether any particular clerk will refuse to issue them marriage licenses, a gay rights attorney argued Monday in federal court.



Tupelo police: Officer shot, killed man during fight

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

Police in Mississippi say an officer has shot and killed a man who fought and injured the officer and his police dog after being chased and hiding under a house.



Analysis: Miss. health care trust fund whittled away

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund.



Miss. attorneys: LGBT law protects religious rights

Posted 6/20/2016 in State

State attorneys say a new Mississippi law that will let clerks recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a reasonable accommodation for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman.



Sen. Burton found innocent on 2nd offense DUI charge

Posted 6/18/2016 in State

The second-ranking leader of the Mississippi Senate has been found innocent of a drunken driving charge.



Hood: Legislature can't take some special funds

Posted 6/17/2016 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says in newly issued opinions that the Legislature cannot legally "sweep" some special funds collected by state agencies -- including his own -- into the state's main account to plug holes in next year's budget.



Mississippi community college fees rise 7 percent on average

Posted 6/17/2016 in State

Tuition and required fees will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.



Planned Parenthood sues Mississippi over defunding law

Posted 6/16/2016 in State

Planned Parenthood is suing Mississippi over a new state law that will ban Medicaid from spending money with any health care provider that offers abortion.



State port trying to land its biggest tenant

Posted 6/16/2016 in State

The state port is trying to land its biggest tenant.



Judge to hear arguments Monday over HB 1523

Posted 6/16/2016 in State

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday over challenges to a Mississippi law that could restrict access to same-sex marriage.



Protesters want to nix Confederate sign on Miss. flag

Posted 6/15/2016 in State

Protesters gathered Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag a vestige of slavery and urged Congress to erase it.



Bryant among governors meeting with Trump

Posted 6/15/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was among a group of Republican governors meeting with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.



Botulism traced to prison hooch sickens federal inmates

Posted 6/15/2016 in State

One of the largest American botulism outbreaks in decades is being blamed on inmate-brewed alcohol that sent 17 federal prisoners to hospitals in the past week.



Man held 11 years without trial will go to mental facility

Posted 6/14/2016 in State

A Mississippi man who has been jailed nearly 11 years without going to trial will be transferred to a state mental health facility, attorneys said Monday.



Second body of two missing workers recovered from gravel pit

Posted 6/11/2016 in State

Rescuers on Saturday recovered the body of a second man who disappeared in a landslide at a gravel pit in southern Mississippi earlier this month.



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