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Miss. gov tells teens to avoid early parenthood

Posted 12/7/2012 in State

To fight Mississippi's highest-in-the-nation teen birth rate, is it best to give young people detailed information about contraception or to just tell them to abstain from sex before marriage?

 

 

Two conferences address Miss. teen pregnancy rate

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Organizers say it's just a coincidence that separate conferences about teenage pregnancy in Mississippi are taking place in the same facility on the same day.

 

 

Suit filed over Greenwood doctor's prosecution

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Greenwood oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in shootout at a local law office.

 

 

Historic Miss. buildings open for candlelight tour

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi Capitol and other historic buildings are decked out for the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

 

 

Home brewing law next challenge in beer regulation

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi's beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of "growlers," large containers of fresh draft beer to go.

 

Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A Mississippi school district contends it was justified to suspend a student for recording a rap song that educators believed would disrupt classes and was a threat to teachers.

 

One more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A fourth man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi, and another man admitted he was part of a group of young whites involved in racially motivated attacks against African-Americans.

 

 

Adams Co. approves contract at KiOR site

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction.

 

 

Study: Miss. job rate low for 20- to 24-year-olds

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Young adults in Mississippi were less likely to be employed in 2011 than their peers in other states, according to a national study released Monday.

 

 

Bryant says Miss. should avoid aid to startups

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he's steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies.

 

 

Bryant: Teens don't care about using contraception

Posted 11/30/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said this week that he believes most teenagers know how to obtain and use contraception, but too many are failing to do so.

 

 

Miss. abortion clinic again seeks to block law

Posted 11/29/2012 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi's only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that threatens to eventually close the facility, though a closing is not expected any time soon.

 

 

Miss. economic growth predicted to rise in 2013

Posted 11/28/2012 in State

Economists say growth and employment should increase in Mississippi next year, led by an improved housing market and an increase in home construction.

 

 

Schools exploring other bread suppliers after Hostess closing

Posted 11/27/2012 in State

Dozens of Mississippi school districts are looking for a new supplier for bread and rolls as the shutdown of Hostess impacts lunchrooms.

 

 

Analysis: Corrections, Medicaid deficits ahead

Posted 11/26/2012 in State

Mississippi legislators head into the 2013 session knowing they have deficits to address in corrections and Medicaid.

 

 

New ovens help schools keep fries on menu

Posted 11/24/2012 in State

One tool in Mississippi's attack on childhood obesity? The combi-oven.

 

 

'Legally dead' man's kidnapping trial delayed

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

A federal trial has been pushed back to August for a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter.

 

 

PERS OKs increase in employer contributions

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

The governing board of the state retirement system has increased -- as expected -- the amount employers contribute to the program.

 

 

Furniture makers seek workers as hiring picks up

Posted 11/21/2012 in State

A few months ago, Nicole Harmon was cooking fast food at a Texaco gas station. Now she's learning to sew couch cushions at the Max Home furniture factory.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Making sense of charter schools

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

It's hard to know what workaday people envision when the notion of "charter schools" is floated, usually as an all-purpose cure for whatever ails public education.

 

 

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