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Miss. auditor being called up for National Guard duty

Posted 6/8/2016 in State

State Auditor Stacey Pickering is being called to active duty in the Mississippi Air National Guard.



Equipment arrives to aid search of men trapped in landslide

Posted 6/7/2016 in State

Officials trying to recover the bodies of two men buried when a gravel pit caved in Friday say they hope heavier pumps will help dig out the men, who were buried under 10 to 12 feet of mud along with their equipment.



Applications submitted for 5 charter schools in Miss.

Posted 6/7/2016 in State

Five applications for new charter schools are moving forward in Mississippi after operators initially expressed interest in opening 14 schools.



Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Early voting could make you a liar in Mississippi

Posted 6/6/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers this year rejected a proposal to stop making liars of their fellow citizens, at least when it comes to early voting.



He's out there! Bigfoot hunters gather in Miss.

Posted 6/6/2016 in State

A group of people interested in learning more about the mythical creature Bigfoot gathered Saturday for the 10th annual Down South Bigfoot Rally.



Third federal court case seeks to block Mississippi LGBT law

Posted 6/4/2016 in State

A diverse group of gay, straight and transgender people have filed the third federal court challenge seeking to block a Mississippi law that lets clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.



Attorney: Miss. can't put up barriers to gay marriage

Posted 6/3/2016 in State

Mississippi cannot be allowed to create new barriers to same-sex marriage now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, an attorney argues in court papers.



Program will serve nearly 3 million free meals to needy kids

Posted 6/3/2016 in State

Almost 3 million free meals will be served to needy Mississippi children this summer.



Mississippi tax collections lagging in final month of budget

Posted 6/2/2016 in State

Mississippi tax collections picked up in May but are still lagging as the state enters the final month of its budget year.



Bryant: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law

Posted 6/1/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the "secular, progressive world" vented at him for signing a bill that would let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.



Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Wright's time as superintendent at a crossroads

Posted 5/31/2016 in State

Carey Wright wanted to be a superintendent pretty badly, but sometimes you have to wonder if she knew what she was getting into when she took the job leading Mississippi's public schools.



Rehabilitation agency says budget cuts will trim services

Posted 5/31/2016 in State

Another Mississippi government agency says that state budget cuts beginning July 1 are likely to cause service reductions.



Project: $1.9M to increase preterm baby breastfeeding

Posted 5/31/2016 in State

Rural mothers whose premature babies are in intensive care will be able to get their breast milk delivered to their babies, thanks to a $1.9 million, three-year grant, say authorities in the Mississippi Delta.



NTSB: No specific cause behind fatal Tupelo plane crash

Posted 5/28/2016 in State

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board into a plane crash that killed four people does not point to a specific cause for the crash and says the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after taking off.



Miss. attorney: Don't block religious objections law

Posted 5/28/2016 in State

Mississippi government attorneys are opposing two legal challenges to a new state law that will let circuit clerks cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.



Bryant intends to join transgender bathroom lawsuit

Posted 5/27/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he is planning for Mississippi to join 11 states in suing the Obama administration for telling U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.



Sentencing delayed in Epps bribery case

Posted 5/27/2016 in State

Sentencing has been delayed for a consultant who pleaded guilty to bribing the former head of Mississippi's prison system.



1 of 3 companies will leave federal health exchange in Miss.

Posted 5/26/2016 in State

One of three companies is preparing to leave the federally run health insurance exchange in Mississippi.



Dems want special session to change Miss. budget

Posted 5/26/2016 in State

Democrats are renewing their demand for Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to call a special session so lawmakers can change parts of Mississippi's $6.3 billion spending plan before the new budget year begins July 1.



MDE board backs gov.'s position on transgender bathrooms

Posted 5/25/2016 in State

Mississippi's Board of Education fell in line Tuesday with state Republican political leaders' opposition to federal guidance on transgender students' use of bathrooms and locker rooms.



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