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Meridian IHOP parking lot collapses, swallows 12 cars

Posted 11/9/2015 in State

A Saturday night cave-in of a Meridian restaurant's parking lot that swallowed 12 cars was not the result of a sinkhole, a city official said Sunday.


One-party rule returns in Mississippi with GOP in charge

Posted 11/9/2015 in State

In the wake of another electoral debacle for Mississippi's Democrats, it's time to pull V.O. Key down off the bookshelf.



Couples press for end to Miss. gay adoption ban

Posted 11/8/2015 in State

Four lesbian couples pressed a federal judge on Friday to overturn Mississippi's last-in-the-nation ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt, but lawyers for the state argued the lawsuit should be tossed out.



Bryant leading trade delegation to Israel

Posted 11/8/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is traveling to Israel for a week with a delegation of state economic development employees and private business executives.



Party switch boosts GOP in House; Gunn on track as speaker

Posted 11/6/2015 in State

Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority in the Mississippi House for the coming term because a newly re-elected Democrat said Thursday that he is jumping to the GOP.



Miss. Supreme Court narrowly grants same-sex divorce

Posted 11/6/2015 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce, even as two justices questioned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and suggested that landmark ruling has no constitutional basis.


Keenum: State flag will continue to fly at MSU

Posted 11/5/2015 in State

While he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum said it will continue to fly on the Starkville campus.


Republican leaders could seek revamp of Miss. school budget plans

Posted 11/5/2015 in State

Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to change Mississippi's education funding formula to try to push more money into classrooms and less into administrative expenses.



Miss. House GOP reaches 72 seats, near supermajority

Posted 11/5/2015 in State

Republicans may only be one seat away from a 74-seat supermajority in the Mississippi state House, a level of control would stop Democrats from blocking spending and taxing measures.



Voters reject school funding amendment in Mississippi

Posted 11/4/2015 in State

Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.



Bond set for Walmart bombing suspect

Posted 11/4/2015 in State

Bond has been set for a 61-year-old Mississippi man accused of bombing a Walmart because the chain stopped selling his state's flags.


Trucker on longshot quest to unseat Miss. governor

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

Robert Gray, the long-haul truck driver who surprised even himself by winning the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, was allotted 10 minutes to try to persuade state Chamber of Commerce members they should support him rather than Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in Tuesday's election.


Hosemann predicts light turnout for election

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is predicting a light turnout as voters elect a governor and seven other statewide officials, fill all 174 legislative seats and choose between two school funding initiatives.



Miss. flag backer accused of tossing bomb in Wal-Mart

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

A man who's known for flying a 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag on his car has been accused of bombing a Wal-Mart because the chain stopped selling the flag, the police chief said Monday.


Rare statewide Democrat tries to hold on in Deep South

Posted 11/1/2015 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is hardly out of place in Southern politics: He speaks often about his Christian faith and rails against "perverts" and online predators who target children.


Gov.: 2016 good year for flag election -- maybe

Posted 10/30/2015 in State

If Mississippi voters are going to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, 2016 would be a good time to do it, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday.



University of Southern Miss. stops flying state flag

Posted 10/29/2015 in State

Another public university in Mississippi is stopping the display of the state flag on campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem many see as divisive.



GOP leaders renew attacks on Initiative 42

Posted 10/28/2015 in State

Mississippi's leading Republicans are continuing attacks on Initiative 42, saying Tuesday that it will pass only if GOP voters are tricked into supporting it.



Mississippi test scores rise on Nation's Report Card

Posted 10/28/2015 in State

Mississippi's fourth grade reading and math scores improved on the latest Nation's Report Card, bucking a national trend of declines.



Ole Miss takes down state flag

Posted 10/27/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag -- which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner -- for the last time.



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