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Kmart's claims against Kroger set for trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth.

 

 

Mississippi death row inmate seeking new trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

Mississippi death row inmate Caleb Corrothers argues he deserves a new trial because a Lafayette County judge refused to allow an expert to testify about the reliability of eyewitness identification.

 

 

Camp Shelby looks to future in cyberspace, drones

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

As Camp Shelby's role as the National Guard's largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility.

 

Ex-Republican runs as Dem for Senate

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Bill Marcy said Friday that he's changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

 

Former Reagan spokesman, Speakes dies at 74

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

 

 

Four arrested in contraband seizure outside prison

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Rankin County deputies have seized several plastic bags of tobacco, a dozen cellphones with phone chargers and other items and arrested four people accused of trying to toss the items over a fence at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 

 

Skunks removed from Corinth arena

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Ozzy Hendrix has taken care of a stinky situation at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth.

 

 

Superintendents say funding gap pinches schools

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn't fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses.

 

 

Pay lags for Miss. government employees

Posted 1/10/2014 in State

Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, said the Mississippi State Personnel Board director Thursday.

 

 

Assault rifle stolen from Jackson police officer's car

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Police in Jackson are searching for the thief who took a rifle from an officer's car.

 

 

Mississippi schools get lowest achievement ranking in U.S.

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released Thursday.

 

 

Hiring policies make job hunt tough for ex-inmates

Posted 1/9/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers say they want to reduce the number of former inmates who return to prison after serving time. However, one state representative said ex-felons could have trouble finding jobs because of workers' compensation insurance policies that companies carry.

 

 

Coroner: S.D. man found in tent died of hypothermia

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

A Mississippi coroner says a South Dakota man found dead in a tent in Gulfport on Monday died of hypothermia.

 

 

Lesbian sues town for denying gay bar permit

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

A woman's federal lawsuit that accuses the leaders of a north Mississippi town of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license will go to trial Jan. 26, 2015, in Aberdeen.

 

Ex-leader to leave Department of Education

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

Lynn House, who led the Mississippi Department of Education for more than a year as interim superintendent, is leaving the department.

 

Rolling Fork mayor indicted on fraud charges

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

The mayor of a small town in the Mississippi Delta has been indicted on false pretense and wire fraud charges related to his construction company's invoices for grants to rehabilitate houses, according to court records.

 

 

PSC approves higher energy rates for companies

Posted 1/8/2014 in State

Power bills will be going up in February for customers of Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co.

 

Former Mississippi police chief to plead guilty

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

A former Mississippi police chief accused of demanding money or property in exchange for dropping criminal charges against people is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in a federal bribery and extortion case.

 

Miss. lawmakers face long agenda in 2014 session

Posted 1/7/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers start their three-month session at noon today, and they face a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.

 

 

Meridian city block for sale, real fixer-upper

Posted 1/6/2014 in State

A block of four buildings in downtown Meridian is for sale by its owner and bidding starts at $1, plus back taxes that total about $20,000.

 

 

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