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97,909 Mississippians sign up for health care coverage

Posted 1/21/2016 in State

The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 97,909 with less than 11 days before the final deadline to get 2016 coverage.


Rally calls for keeping Confederate emblem on state flag

Posted 1/20/2016 in State

Removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag would be akin to communists rewriting history, a former leader of a Southern heritage group said Tuesday during a keep-the-flag rally.


1 Miss. Democratic super delegate supporting Sanders

Posted 1/20/2016 in State

A Democratic National Committee member from Mississippi says he's supporting Bernie Sanders for president.



Powerball renews interest in Miss. lottery

Posted 1/19/2016 in State

State Rep. Robert Johnson says all the money Mississippi residents spent on Powerball tickets could have helped Mississippi if it had been spent there instead of Louisiana.



Miss. officials: Walmart closures shocking, devastating

Posted 1/18/2016 in State

Local officials say they're stunned by news that Walmart is closing stores in their areas.



Under the Capitol dome: Analysis: Schools sell the idea of more cash in new ways

Posted 1/18/2016 in State

Mississippi's school funding formula has apparently grown so toxic to the Republicans who rule the state that local school superintendents are giving up defending it publicly.



Vicksburg to not hold MLK parade

Posted 1/18/2016 in State

For the first time in a decade, Vicksburg will not have a Martin Luther King Jr. parade.



6 Wal-Mart stores to close in Mississippi

Posted 1/16/2016 in State

Six Walmart stores in Mississippi are closing as part of the company's plan to shutter 269 stores worldwide.



Family sues over Tennessee man's death in police custody

Posted 1/14/2016 in State

The family of a Tennessee man who died in police custody has sued police officers, a doctor and others, alleging the man died because he was hog-tied by police for an extended period and could not breathe properly.


River flood threat cut; residents still feel effects

Posted 1/14/2016 in State

The threat of a swollen Mississippi River was subsiding for some Wednesday, but Vicksburg residents were still feeling the effects of the rare winter flood, even though the river will crest about 4 feet lower than once predicted.

Despite lotto frenzy, adoption seems unlikely in Mississippi

Posted 1/13/2016 in State

It once seemed Mississippi was close to starting a lottery.


2 arraigned in Hattiesburg officers' slaying

Posted 1/12/2016 in State

Two of the nine people accused in the May shooting death of two Hattiesburg Police officers have been arraigned.



DeSoto Central choir director charged with sexual battery

Posted 1/12/2016 in State

A choir director at a DeSoto County high school has been charged with two counts of sexual battery.



Grand jury: No indictment of Miss. police officer

Posted 1/12/2016 in State

A grand jury in Mississippi declined to indict a white police officer in the death of a black man, saying the man died of asphyxiation after ingesting too much cocaine and that the officer did not use excessive force.



City of Oxford to make room for food trucks

Posted 1/9/2016 in State

Oxford officials are considering an ordinance to help manage food carts and trucks to sell on the go.



Mississippi River mayors: Cities ready for high waters

Posted 1/9/2016 in State

Mayors along the Mississippi River say their cities are ready for the rare winter flood taking place in the Mississippi valley after recent storms dumped large amounts of rain.



Meridian hunter takes down enormous 428-pound wild boar

Posted 1/8/2016 in State

A Meridian hunter has shot and killed a 428-pound wild boar.



Mississippi schools ranked second-to-last in national rating

Posted 1/8/2016 in State

An evaluation of school performance finds that Mississippi's academic achievement gains have outstripped gains nationwide from 2003 to 2015, but gives the state's public schools a D overall, ranking them second-to-last.


Impacts minor as river rises in Mississippi's Delta region

Posted 1/7/2016 in State

The Mississippi River was still rising Wednesday, with more than a foot to go before reaching a predicted crest Saturday at Tunica.


Miss. lawmakers start 4-year term with new Senate pro tem

Posted 1/6/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are at the Capitol to start a four-year term, and senators have chosen a longtime colleague as one of their top officers.



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