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Senate confirms Wright as superintendent

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Four months after she started work, Carey Wright's position as Mississippi's state superintendent of education is official.


State employee pay proposal stalls in Miss. Senate

Posted 3/19/2014 in State

Mississippi senators on Tuesday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers.



Commissioner: Contraband never-ending battle

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

Mississippi corrections officials have added netting, body scanners and monthly prison searches to a growing list of steps to keep illegal cellphones, drugs, tobacco and other contraband out of prisoners' hands.



Criminal justice bill almost ready to go to gov

Posted 3/18/2014 in State

A bill that supporters say could make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and cut prison costs by hundreds of millions of dollars is one step from going to Gov. Phil Bryant.



Bail cut for man accused in son's shaking death

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Bail for a Vicksburg man accused of shaking his infant son to death has been lowered by more than 97 percent.



Itawamba Co. purchases land for growth

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Itawamba County now has 261 acres to market to prospective companies.



Heroin on the rise in Mississippi

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Heroin, a deadly drug that plagues other areas of the nation, is on the rise in South Mississippi.



Miss. ability to borrow still adequate

Posted 3/17/2014 in State

Mississippi could borrow $1.8 billion to use for new buildings, highways and economic development incentives over the next five years and rising state revenue probably could support that amount of borrowing, a report by Treasurer Lynn Fitch suggests.



Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies

Posted 3/14/2014 in State

A 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased, a coroner said.



Guilty verdict for former MSU professor

Posted 3/11/2014 in State

A Monroe County jury Monday convicted a man, a second time, of murder in the death of his wife.



Student in fight at Moss Point school dies

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

A 12-year-old junior high school student in Moss Point has died from injuries suffered in a fight.



Cochran: Corps adds $14M for Miss. projects

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is one of only four states receiving additional funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for dredging and flood control along its major tributaries, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.



High court schedules arguments in cold case

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

Lawyers for a man convicted in the killing of a woman in Tunica County nearly two decades ago will argue his innocence on March 18 before the Mississippi Supreme Court.



Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over religion bill

Posted 3/9/2014 in State

Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious-practices bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona's Republican governor.


Miss. Senate OKs version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

The Mississippi Senate on Thursday advanced a bill that supporters say is designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.


Man arrested for flashing badge at drive-thru

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

Officials say a 65-year-old Natchez man has been arrested for reportedly flashing a badge and impersonating an officer after he rear-ended a driver in October.



Lawmakers seek agreement on clinic grants

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to work out their differences on a proposal to expand state subsidies to health clinics.



Leaders promote using carbon dioxide in oil output

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and others are extolling Mississippi as a national leader in using carbon dioxide to extract more oil from old oil fields.



Man convicted of Dutch cyclist death dies in federal prison

Posted 3/7/2014 in State

A Mississippi man convicted in the death of a Dutch cyclist has died in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina.



Miss. House passes bills to restrict labor unions

Posted 3/6/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices.



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