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Mississippi faces $52M Medicaid budget gap this year

Posted 2/25/2016 in State

The top budget writer in the Mississippi House says the state's Medicaid program needs another $52 million during the budget year that ends June 30.



Powerful storms roll across South, causing death and damage

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Gulf Coast states Tuesday night was expected to bring severe weather to the Carolinas by Wednesday afternoon.



Miss. lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators this year won't attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can't find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner.



Slain Mississippi narcotics agent saluted at funeral

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

Three wounded Mississippi state troopers described dead state narcotics agent Lee Tartt as a hero in videos broadcast at Tartt's funeral Tuesday.



Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

A bill that would let physicians exempt children from Mississippi's vaccination requirements is advancing in the state House.


Gunn: Let voters decide on Miss. flag

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, who became the first prominent Republican last summer to call for Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its flag, said Monday that if the flag design is going to be reconsidered, it should be put on a statewide ballot just as it was 15 years ago.


Spring Tupelo Furniture Market kicks off Thursday

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market will kick off its 29th consecutive year this week as buyers and sellers start to gather.



Mother: Family might have ended standoff without bloodshed

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

The mother of a man who shot four Mississippi law enforcement officers and was killed in a shootout says authorities refused to let her talk to her son during nearly six hours of negotiations.



Deal would keep some Mississippi PSC power over cooperatives

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

Mississippi utility regulators may have averted an attempt led by electrical cooperatives to strip many powers of the Public Service Commission, but the deal could leave the regulatory body without the power to order cooperatives to pay rooftop solar panel owners enough money to make residential solar worthwhile.



Special statewide school district could take over faltering schools

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

A new statewide school district could take control of faltering local districts and keep them indefinitely in hopes of improving academic performance under a bill advancing in the Mississippi House.



Six-hour long standoff ends with Miss. officer dead

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

One law enforcement officer was killed and three were wounded early Saturday after a six-hour long standoff at a rural Mississippi house ended when authorities stormed the house and the gunman inside opened fire, authorities said.



Miss. legislation: OK to not help with same-sex marriage

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

State officials, private business owners and others who provide services to the public couldn't be punished for acting on religious beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, under a bill advancing in the Mississippi Legislature.



Bills would ban minors from Miss. indoor tanning beds

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

Melanoma was "just a word" to Emily Tandy when she frequented the tanning beds in the Madison salon where she worked as a teenager.



Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Miss. flag a 'disgrace'

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

The Confederate battle emblem on the 122-year-old Mississippi flag is a "disgrace" and needs to be removed, a black lawmaker said Thursday at a rally outside the state Capitol.



Miss. universities: Guns OK on some parts of campuses

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

A newly revised policy will allow visitors with enhanced carry permits to carry registered weapons in public spaces on campus at Mississippi's eight state universities.



Consultant pleads guilty in Mississippi prison bribery case

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

A business and government consultant pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal bribery charge, admitting he paid thousands of dollars in kickbacks to the former head of Mississippi's prison system and a county supervisor on the Gulf Coast.



Gov. John Kasich to campaign in Gulfport

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Ohio Gov. John Kasich brings his bid for the GOP presidential nomination to Gulfport next week.



New charges filed in wounding of a Miss. officer

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Clarksdale police have filed new charges against the two men who they say were involved in the wounding of a Clarksdale police officer and robbery of a grocery store.



House bill seeks to raise bar for passing third-grade reading test

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

More Mississippi third-graders could be in danger of flunking for low reading skills if a bill passed by a House committee Tuesday becomes law.



Miss. bill would let church members carry guns

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Houses of worship could designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation under a bill advancing at the Mississippi Capitol.



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