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Mississippi Power: SEC investigating Kemper project

Posted 5/6/2016 in State

The federal agency tasked with protecting investors has opened an investigation into the estimated costs and schedule of Mississippi Power Co.'s overrun-plagued $6.7 billion Kemper County power plant being built in Mississippi.



Mississippi taxes lag $85M in April amid Revenue Dept. cuts

Posted 5/6/2016 in State

Mississippi tax collections fell more than $85 million short of expectations in April. Officials say that's partly because a Department of Revenue staffing shortage slowed the process of depositing checks.



Lott: Trump 'sucked all the oxygen' out of GOP opponents

Posted 5/5/2016 in State

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump for president, though he acknowledged he didn't expect the New York businessman to win the Republican nomination.



Bryant signs airport 'takeover' into law

Posted 5/5/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that gives suburbs and the state some control over the Jackson airport.



Health officials put 4 under home quarantine for measles

Posted 5/4/2016 in State

Mississippi officials are monitoring four residents exposed to measles in Tennessee.



Grammy museums director wants repeal of Mississippi LGBT law

Posted 5/4/2016 in State

After opening the only Grammy Museum outside Los Angeles in the Mississippi Delta, the museums' director Bob Santelli had planned to bring his 28-year-old son to visit the high-tech facility honoring the cradle of the blues.



No appeal to federal ruling against same-sex adoption ban

Posted 5/4/2016 in State

The deadline has passed for Mississippi to appeal a federal ruling against a state ban on adoption by same-sex couples.



Budget cuts slow handling of Mississippi income tax returns

Posted 5/4/2016 in State

A second round of midyear budget cuts took place just as the Mississippi Department of Revenue was swamped with thousands of individual income tax filings.



LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting

Posted 5/3/2016 in State

Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.



Mississippi seeks more computer science teaching in schools

Posted 5/3/2016 in State

Greene County School Superintendent Charles Breland sees the need for more Mississippians trained in computer science.



Court reverses 40 years of law on rape sentences

Posted 5/2/2016 in State

Even the Mississippi Supreme Court gets to change its mind.



After La. trial, man could be tried in Miss. burning death

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

A man charged in the burning death of a Mississippi woman might be taken back to that state for trial even if he is convicted on unrelated charges in Louisiana.



Group aims to reduce theft from agriculture operations in 3 states

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

A new group trying to reduce metal theft from agriculture operations in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.



Natchez school district to pay $127K to former principal

Posted 4/30/2016 in State

The Natchez-Adams School District will pay about $127,500 to a former principal, who successfully sued the district for wrongful termination.



CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist

Posted 4/29/2016 in State

Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.



Kemper project to cost Miss. Power another $61M

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. will spend another $61 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.7 billion, the company said Tuesday.



Disputed Miss. witness now faces own murder charges

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

A man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three people in a Mississippi county Wednesday, and authorities said the suspect is a onetime jailhouse informant whose testimony helped convict another man of four 1996 killings.



Miss. high school graduation rate up, still below national average

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's high school graduation rate continued its push up toward the national average in the 2014-2015 school year.



Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

Posted 4/28/2016 in State

A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a bill that would give control of the city's two airports to a state-appointed board.



Attorney: Miss. law could harm access to gay marriage

Posted 4/27/2016 in State

A new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge's order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry, says an attorney who helped overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.



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