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Court sides with Wal-Mart in ammunition lawsuit

Posted 9/8/2012 in State

If a store sells ammunition to an underage person who uses the bullets to kill someone, is the retailer responsible?

 

 

Research gives MSU a global footprint

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

While David Shaw walked down the halls of a United Nations building in Rome last year, on his way to a conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a host escorting his group told Shaw that there was someone he needed to meet. "It was a black gentleman from Ghana," he recalled. "He shook my hand and told me that he graduated from Mississippi State.

 

 

Four deaths in Mississippi from West Nile virus

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

Michele Martin's son Drew is one of the lucky ones. He survived the West Nile virus despite living in a county that leads the state in the number of cases and where the third and fourth deaths this year from infection were reported Wednesday. The active Richland 14-year-old was sidelined by severe fever, headache, fatigue and lack of appetite in mid-August.

 

 

Miss. folk artist 'Preacher' Dennis dies at 96

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

The Rev. Herman "Preacher" Dennis, who turned a Mississippi Delta grocery store into a folk-art castle that became a roadside attraction, has died. He was 96.

 

 

Miss. reports 2 new West Nile virus deaths

Posted 9/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus.

 

 

Miss. budget hearings set for mid-September

Posted 9/5/2012 in State

Mississippi money minders will meet later this month to start planning a state budget for fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.

 

 

Officials still assessing Isaac damage

Posted 9/5/2012 in State

 

 

Isaac brings heavy rain, strong winds to Miss.

Posted 8/30/2012 in State

A tow truck driver was killed Thursday morning in Pearl River County when a tree fell on his truck, the first death in Mississippi from Isaac.

 

 

Greenwood native killed in Afghanistan

Posted 8/28/2012 in State

U.S. Army Pfc. Patricia Horne enjoyed serving her country as a member of one of the Army's elite units. "She told me a few weeks ago that she was going to re-enlist," her mother, Betty Horne, told the Greenwood Commonwealth Monday. "The Army would pay for her schooling. She wanted to be a doctor." Unfortunately, the 20-year-old didn't get that chance.

 

 

Mississippi getting ready for Isaac

Posted 8/27/2012 in State

City, county and school officials, as well as gaming commissioners, will decide today about closings in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to reach hurricane strength today.

 

Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

Posted 8/25/2012 in State

Another day, another sandbar to clear on the clogged Mississippi River.

 

Bryant: No benefits for deferred-status immigrants

Posted 8/24/2012 in State

 

 

Judge delays decision on Monsanto seed dispute damages

Posted 8/23/2012 in State

A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.

 

 

Teacher evaluation talk skips detail of Miss. plan

Posted 8/22/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators' pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system.

 

 

11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

 

 

Settlement in suit over illegal workers

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.

 

 

IHL waits for state legislature to respond to funding requests

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

The Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is awaiting an answer from the Mississippi Legislature after approving a list Thursday of the top 10 construction priorities for each of the state's public universities. The costs of those projects would be $684 million.

 

Macon hay: Mennonites respond to Ohio drought victims

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Macon farmer Gary Miller didn't hesitate when his neighbor, Morris Miller (no relation), called to say dairy farmers in northeast Ohio were suffering from a severe drought, dipping into their winter reserves to feed their cattle. The two men sprang into action, and within hours, 540 bales of hay was northward-bound.

 

Mississippi's July jobless rate up to 9.1 percent

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Unemployment rose in Mississippi in July for the second straight month to 9.1 percent as the state's job market continued to sputter, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

Ceremonies mark Hurricane Camille

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

A small group gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday to remember three women who died during Hurricane Camille but were never identified.

 

 

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