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Statewide 'Sales Tax Holiday' set for July 31

Posted 7/21/2015 in State

Lex Jackson has owned Reed's Department Store in Columbus for 42 years, including the past 18 at the store's current location in Jackson Square.

Black Mississippi flag supporter dies in traffic accident

Posted 7/21/2015 in State

A black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag has died in a one-car accident.


A call to action in Mississippi horse trainer's death

Posted 7/20/2015 in State

Hundreds gathered Sunday night at a baseball park in a small Mississippi town to remember a black man who died after a physical encounter with a white police officer and to call for action.



Lawyer: Autopsy finds Mississippi man was strangled in police encounter

Posted 7/17/2015 in State

An attorney for the family of a black man who died following an encounter with a white police officer in a Mississippi town says the cause of death was strangulation.



Mississippi alligator hunting permits sell out in 45 minutes

Posted 7/16/2015 in State

For the first time since alligator hunting began in Mississippi, public water alligator hunting permits went on sale on a first come, first served basis Tuesday, and all 920 permits sold within 45 minutes.



Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

Posted 7/16/2015 in State

Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor.



New veterans cemetery planned for northern Miss.

Posted 7/16/2015 in State

A new veterans cemetery will be developed in northern Mississippi with the help of a federal grant.



State urges parents to submit voucher applications quickly

Posted 7/16/2015 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education says 166 families will receive an annual subsidy of $6,500 that can be used to pay for private school tuition, tutoring or other educational services outside the public schools.



FBI aiding inquiry of Miss. man's death after police encounter

Posted 7/15/2015 in State

Some residents of a small Mississippi town say they're still looking for answers a week after a black man died following a physical encounter with a white police officer.



NAACP: Miss. should remove Confederate sign from flag

Posted 7/15/2015 in State

The NAACP is calling on Mississippi legislators to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, days after South Carolina removed a stand-alone Confederate banner from its Capitol grounds.



Mississippi faces struggle over Confederate emblem in flag

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Now that South Carolina has removed a Confederate battle flag from its statehouse lawn, the next big struggle over Old South symbols is shaping up in Mississippi, where the rebel X has fluttered over the Capitol and other public buildings for more than a century as part of the state flag.



Man charged in scheme to get reward for missing dog

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Bond has been set at $20,000 for a Jones County man who allegedly claimed to have found a lost dog and wanted a reward.



Clarksdale out as R&B Hall of Fame location

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame project is over in Clarksdale.



Mississippi Power seeks to keep 18 percent rate increase

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Saying it's running short of cash and can no longer borrow without the support of its parent company, Mississippi Power Co. is trying again for a rate increase to help pay for the $6.2 billion power plant it's building in Kemper County.



Leflore County dropping Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Leflore County government employees will no longer get a day off work at the end of April to observe Confederate Memorial Day.


Rep. Thompson: Remove 'treasonous' Confederate symbols

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Mississippi's only black congressman is stepping up his effort to remove all images of the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. House chamber and House office buildings in Washington.


Auditor seeking $1.3M from ex-Neshoba workers

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

The state auditor's office is seeking $1.3 million from three former Neshoba County employees who were fired during an investigation into overtime pay discrepancies.



Miss. Sales Tax Holiday near start of school year

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Many retailers say they are hopeful for an increase in sales since this year's annual Sales Tax holiday in Mississippi is closer to the opening date for several schools in the state's southern counties.



New US Rep. Kelly keeps most of his predecessor's staff

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's newest member of Congress is renting a tiny apartment in Washington and has hired most of his predecessor's staff.



Miss. charter board rejects Natchez school plan

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's charter school agency rejected a Natchez charter school proposal Tuesday but voted to advance plans for two schools in Jackson proposed by RePublic Schools and could approve them in September.



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