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Bryant signs bill outlawing synthetic marijuana

Posted 5/13/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that raises penalties for synthetic marijuana.



Baltimore mayor bans travel to North Carolina, Mississippi

Posted 5/12/2016 in State

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has suspended all city-sponsored travel to North Carolina and Mississippi due to the states' new transgender laws.



Miss. bill aims to ban money to Planned Parenthood

Posted 5/12/2016 in State

The Mississippi Medicaid program will be banned from spending money with any facility that performs elective abortions under a new law that takes effect July 1.



Man pleads guilty to killing 3, including mother of his son

Posted 5/12/2016 in State

A 12-year-old who narrowly escaped being shot by his father watched in a Mississippi courtroom Wednesday as the man told a judge he killed the boy's mother, grandmother and another man.



Miss. toddler dies after being left in mother's car

Posted 5/12/2016 in State

A 2-year-old girl has been found dead inside her mother's car at a Mississippi daycare.


State finds $56.8M mistake in FY17 budget

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

Mississippi legislative leaders said Tuesday that they overestimated how much money the state could collect during the coming budget year by more than $56 million.


Possible takeover of Mississippi foster care system delayed

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

Advocates for children agreed to give Mississippi more time to improve the state's child welfare system under a deal presented Tuesday to a federal judge.



Another challenge filed to Mississippi gay marriage law

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

Another group is challenging a Mississippi law that will let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people.



Jury selection resumes in burning suspect's Louisiana trial

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

A man accused of burning a teen to death in Mississippi goes on trial Thursday in another case in Louisiana, where he is charged with using the debit card of a woman who was stabbed to death.



Court denies Southaven ex-mayor's attempt to overturn ruling

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has lost in court again.



Bill aims to bring out-of-state physicians to Miss.

Posted 5/11/2016 in State

A bill on Gov. Phil Bryant's desk could shorten the time it takes physicians licensed in other states to practice in Mississippi.



ACLU sues Miss. over 'religious rights' bill

Posted 5/10/2016 in State

The American Civil Liberties Union and a gay couple are suing the state of Mississippi over a law to allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage as a reason to deny people services.


Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Lott pushes working relations across party lines

Posted 5/9/2016 in State

Mississippi Republican Trent Lott wasn't known for hugging Democrats and singing "Kumbaya" as U.S. Senate majority leader.


Same-sex couples become among first to adopt in Miss.

Posted 5/7/2016 in State

Same-sex couples across Mississippi are finalizing adoptions now that the state's ban on such adoptions has ended.



Miss. Gov.: Additional money will help ailing foster-care system

Posted 5/7/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told social workers and others at a conference Friday that his administration is committed to improving the troubled foster-care system.



Rapper uses flag and noose to protest Confederate month

Posted 5/6/2016 in State

A rapper draped herself in a Confederate battle flag and hung a noose around her neck during a performance to protest Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's proclamation of April as Confederate Heritage Month.



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.



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