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Miss. legislation: OK to not help with same-sex marriage

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

State officials, private business owners and others who provide services to the public couldn't be punished for acting on religious beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, under a bill advancing in the Mississippi Legislature.



Bills would ban minors from Miss. indoor tanning beds

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

Melanoma was "just a word" to Emily Tandy when she frequented the tanning beds in the Madison salon where she worked as a teenager.



Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Miss. flag a 'disgrace'

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

The Confederate battle emblem on the 122-year-old Mississippi flag is a "disgrace" and needs to be removed, a black lawmaker said Thursday at a rally outside the state Capitol.



Miss. universities: Guns OK on some parts of campuses

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

A newly revised policy will allow visitors with enhanced carry permits to carry registered weapons in public spaces on campus at Mississippi's eight state universities.



Consultant pleads guilty in Mississippi prison bribery case

Posted 2/19/2016 in State

A business and government consultant pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal bribery charge, admitting he paid thousands of dollars in kickbacks to the former head of Mississippi's prison system and a county supervisor on the Gulf Coast.



Gov. John Kasich to campaign in Gulfport

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Ohio Gov. John Kasich brings his bid for the GOP presidential nomination to Gulfport next week.



New charges filed in wounding of a Miss. officer

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Clarksdale police have filed new charges against the two men who they say were involved in the wounding of a Clarksdale police officer and robbery of a grocery store.



House bill seeks to raise bar for passing third-grade reading test

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

More Mississippi third-graders could be in danger of flunking for low reading skills if a bill passed by a House committee Tuesday becomes law.



Miss. bill would let church members carry guns

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

Houses of worship could designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect the congregation under a bill advancing at the Mississippi Capitol.



Miss. mulls 'see something, say something' terror bill

Posted 2/18/2016 in State

People would be immune from civil or criminal penalties in Mississippi for making good-faith reports to law enforcement officers if they suspect others are planning terroristic acts, under a bill advancing in the Legislature.



Officer remains critical after weekend shooting

Posted 2/17/2016 in State

A Clarksdale police officer remains in critical condition following a weekend shooting.



Bill: Raise Mississippi officials' expense pay to $150 a day

Posted 2/17/2016 in State

The Mississippi House has approved plans to triple the per diems paid to some state and local officials for attending meetings. At least one proponent says the current amount, $40, has not changed in 36 years.



19-year-old charged in shooting of Clarksdale officer

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

Police charged a 19-year-old man on Monday in the weekend shooting of a Clarksdale police officer.



Another man accused of bribing Epps over prison contracts

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

Another man has been charged with bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, authorities have announced.



Transgender man accused of assaulting transgender minor

Posted 2/16/2016 in State

A George County grand jury has indicted a transgender man on assault charges and sex crimes against a transgender minor.



Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Bills seek to micromanage Mississippians' lives

Posted 2/15/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators have filed more than 2,000 bills this year, and the first culling will take place by Feb. 23, the deadline for House and Senate committees to consider general bills filed in their own chamber.



Miss. officer shot in face; police questioning suspect

Posted 2/15/2016 in State

A man believed to have shot a northwest Mississippi police officer point-blank in the face and a man believed to have joined him in an earlier robbery were being questioned Sunday by police, Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett said.


Chism pushes 'scarlet letter' DUI tag forward

Posted 2/13/2016 in State

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, has tough words for critics of his bill that would force people convicted of two or more driving under the influence charges to display a special license plate noting their past crimes: Those drivers should deal with the consequences of their actions and change their behavior.


Vote to remove state flag in McComb fails

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

A McComb selectman's motion to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city buildings because of its Confederate battle emblem has failed.



Puppy's collar likely caused Gulfport home's explosion

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Blame the dog. That's the conclusion fire investigators have reached regarding Wednesday's gas explosion at a home in Gulfport.



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