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Kemper costs rise $40 million on start-up reserve

Posted 1/29/2014 in State



It's here: Winter storm hits state

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Thirty-six of Mississippi's 82 counties are under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Phil Bryant to speed response to a storm that's expected to bring snow and ice to central and southern parts of the state starting early this morning.



DeSoto teacher arrested in prostitution sting

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Authorities say a DeSoto County teacher and football coach is among 15 people arrested by Southaven police during an undercover sting for prostitution.



Lawmakers asked to decide tuition plan's fate

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

The board that runs Mississippi's prepaid college tuition program said Monday that it wants the Legislature to decide whether the state should reopen the plan to new enrollments or close it.



Higher death benefits for 1st responders proposed

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders will lobby lawmakers this week to increase the benefits for families of first responders who die in the line of duty.



Miss. debates limits on body scanners at prisons

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

For the past few months, Mississippi prison employees have had to walk through body scanners when they go to work to make sure they're not carrying drugs, weapons or other contraband items.


Cochran to get marker on music trail

Posted 1/28/2014 in State

The late Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold, is being honored today with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.


Trial opens today in buttocks injection case

Posted 1/27/2014 in State

The trial of a woman charged with helping arrange the unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012 is scheduled to begin Monday in Jackson.



Miss. Legislature has sharp partisan divide

Posted 1/27/2014 in State

Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they're not making life easy for Republicans.



Odd call: Blowing nose brings big buck

Posted 1/27/2014 in State

The deer hunter figured sneezing had blown his chance at a deer, but blowing his nose brought a big buck running.


Crew extinguishes New Albany plant fire

Posted 1/24/2014 in State

A fire at a north Mississippi biofuels plant has been extinguished.


House seeks August pay for school employees

Posted 1/24/2014 in State

The Mississippi House Thursday passed a bill meant to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, but school board leaders say they don't believe the proposal is legal.


Bryant: Improve schools, create jobs, end abortion

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers.

Wiseman says GOP out of touch in State of the State response

Posted 1/23/2014 in State

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman called for bipartisan ideas and creativity to help solve Mississippi's toughest challenges during the state Democratic response to Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State address.


Mississippi's community colleges plan to rework remedial courses

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

A new structure for remedial courses at Mississippi's 15 community colleges could help more students graduate more quickly.



Man in ricin-letter case pleads guilty to fondling

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

The man who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials pleaded guilty Tuesday to unrelated fondling charges in state court in Mississippi.


Rep. Smith proposes ban on human cloning

Posted 1/22/2014 in State

A longtime Mississippi lawmaker has filed a bill to ban human cloning, although he said he doesn't know why he filed it, who requested it or even whether there's any possibility of researchers trying to make clones.

Groups rally for more money for teachers, schools

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

Public school teachers and education advocates rallied at the Capitol on Monday to push for higher pay and increased state aid to public schools -- not a new fight, but one that they hope will have more success this year than it has in the past.


Mississippi inmate seeks access to circuit clerk records

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide if Timothy Pryer's efforts to gain documents related to his sexual battery conviction were illegally denied.



Driver charged in double fatal wreck

Posted 1/21/2014 in State

The driver of the vehicle that wrecked on Nov. 9 on Mississippi Highway 7 near the University of Mississippi, killing two Ole Miss students, has been charged on two counts of aggravated DUI.



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