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6 in flamingo theft case accepted into diversion program

Posted 8/17/2015 in State

ix of the men accused of stealing a zoo's flamingo for a fraternity scavenger hunt have been accepted into a pretrial program that can eventually erase their court records.



Mississippi flag banned in Leflore Co., then reappears

Posted 8/15/2015 in State

A Mississippi flag flew for a few hours outside the Leflore County Courthouse, three days after supervisors voted to prohibit the banner on county property.



Police: Children locked in car while couple gambled

Posted 8/15/2015 in State

Gulfport police say Meridian couple has been arrested after they left their children in a hot car to go gambling at the Island View Casino.



Cold wet spring makes for later cotton blooms this year

Posted 8/15/2015 in State

The Mississippi State University Extension Service says a cold, wet spring has slowed cotton development by about 10 days this year.



Miss. Power's 18 percent increase approved

Posted 8/14/2015 in State

State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December.



Justices: Judge wrong to rewrite 42-A ballot description

Posted 8/14/2015 in State

Supporters of a citizen-led school funding initiative have lost a battle in the Mississippi Supreme Court.



Man arrested over gunshot-like sounds near base stays jailed

Posted 8/9/2015 in State

A man charged in incidents initially reported as gunshots fired near a Mississippi military base remained jailed Friday and could be returned to prison.



Man held on $2M bond in 2-state child pornography case

Posted 8/9/2015 in State

Bond has been set at $2 million for a man who authorities allege checked into casinos in the Mississippi and Louisiana under assumed identities and using their hotels' free Wi-Fi connections to download hundreds of images of child pornography.



Judge asked to revisit school funding decision

Posted 8/9/2015 in State

Some Mississippi school districts are asking a Hinds County chancery judge to reconsider his decision that legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year.



Elvis Stamp on sale Thursday in Tupelo

Posted 8/9/2015 in State

Tupelo and Memphis are both gearing up for Elvis Presley Week and now the U.S. Postal Service is getting involved.



PSC to vote next week on Miss. Power rates, approves refunds

Posted 8/7/2015 in State

State utility regulators plan to decide Mississippi Power Co.'s request for an 18 percent rate increase on Aug. 13.



Ordinance bars sale of caffeine pills to minors

Posted 8/7/2015 in State

Lafayette County has adopted a local ordinance to stop people age 18 and younger from buying caffeine pills and powders.



Three Mississippi airports share in $4.8M in federal grants

Posted 8/7/2015 in State

Airports in Gulfport, Starkville and Kosciusko are sharing in nearly $4.8 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.


Candidate who didn't even vote wins Democratic nomination

Posted 8/6/2015 in State

The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn't even vote in the primary because he says he was busy.

Backfire, not gunfire? So says man arrested near Camp Shelby

Posted 8/6/2015 in State

Soldiers participating in a training exercise on a Mississippi military base heard them Tuesday and Wednesday -- noises they believed were gunshots at the edge of the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.


Ex-mayor denies misusing of Southaven city funds

Posted 8/6/2015 in State

A former mayor accused of spending city money on trips, shopping and marriage counseling was authorized to use the funds and did nothing wrong, his attorney said Wednesday.


Truck driver wins Democratic nomination for Miss. governor

Posted 8/5/2015 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has $2.8 million in his campaign fund, and his Democratic challenger in the November election is a truck driver who reported spending no money so far and who said he didn't even vote in Tuesday's primary.


8 cities win open-data contest from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg

Posted 8/5/2015 in State

Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time.


Official: Courthouse shooting suspect faced assault charge

Posted 8/5/2015 in State

A Mississippi prosecutor said he plans to further examine an earlier felony arrest of the man accused in a Mississippi courthouse shooting.


Authorities hunt for man who fired near troops at base

Posted 8/5/2015 in State

Law enforcement officials are on the lookout for a man who fired gunshots from a pickup near two troops standing guard at a military facility in southern Mississippi.



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