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Miss. lawmakers start 4-year term with new Senate pro tem

Posted 1/6/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are at the Capitol to start a four-year term, and senators have chosen a longtime colleague as one of their top officers.



Forecasters: River's crest soon, lower for spots in 3 states

Posted 1/5/2016 in State

Forecasters said Monday that the Mississippi River's crest will come sooner and lower for many locations in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. If that prediction holds, it means the unusual winter flood won't rival the inundation of 2011.


Under the Capitol dome: Presley, at helm of utility regulator, could get his chance

Posted 1/4/2016 in State

Start thinking of him as Chairman Presley.


Highway patrol: No fatal accident during New Year's holiday

Posted 1/4/2016 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the new year started with no fatal accidents over the New Year's holiday.


13K cheer Trump in Biloxi

Posted 1/4/2016 in State

More than 13,000 people cheered for Donald Trump at Biloxi's Gulf Coast Coliseum, while dozens protested outside in the cold.


Mississippi pot legalization initiative falls far short

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

A DeSoto County woman's push for a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in Mississippi has fallen far short of the required number of petition signatures.



Former Miss. dean to plead in meth case

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

A former college administrator has notified federal court officials of his intent to plead guilty in a meth distribution case in which his co-defendant faces trial.



School funding, Miss. flag, highways on legislative agenda

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers begin their four-year term, and their four-month 2016 session, on Tuesday with a wide range of issues to consider.



Requests for special education money fall short of supply

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

Demand so far has been low for $6,500 scholarships that Mississippi is awarding to parents of special education students to use in private or home schooling.



Mississippi crawfish abundant early

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

Mississippi crawfish are plentiful early in the season and prices are down.



New Year holiday highway enforcement checkpoints planned

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

It's a holiday warning for Mississippi motorists: The Mississippi Highway Patrol plans safety checkpoints around the state to make sure impaired drivers are removed from the roads.



Miss. seeks federal disaster ruling for killer tornado

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that Mississippi is seeking a federal disaster declaration for some or all of the seven counties hit by a tornado last week.



Highway Patrol says 5 die in Christmas accidents

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says five people died on state and federal highways during the Christmas holiday period from Wednesday through Sunday.



Mississippi state flag debate tops state news in 2015

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

Debate over the Confederate battle emblem in the Mississippi state's flag is the top state news story of 2015.



Tupelo band director arrested on drug charges

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

Police say a high school band director was arrested on drug charges after he was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine.



Group calls off lawsuit over Nativity display

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

The American Humanist Association is calling off a lawsuit against Harrison County over a Nativity scene in the courthouse lobby.



Mississippi signs up 90K-plus for marketplace coverage

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 90,358 in Mississippi.



State troopers to increase patrol over Christmas weekend

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

State troopers have announced they will beef up their patrols during the Christmas weekend.



Mississippi may close 3 more inmate work centers

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Facing a tight budget, the head of Mississippi's prison system said Monday that staff shortages may prompt him to close three more inmate community work centers that provide free labor to counties.



Trump set to campaign Jan. 2 in Biloxi

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign just after the New Year on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.



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