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Voters reject school funding amendment in Mississippi

Posted 11/4/2015 in State

Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.



Bond set for Walmart bombing suspect

Posted 11/4/2015 in State

Bond has been set for a 61-year-old Mississippi man accused of bombing a Walmart because the chain stopped selling his state's flags.


Trucker on longshot quest to unseat Miss. governor

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

Robert Gray, the long-haul truck driver who surprised even himself by winning the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, was allotted 10 minutes to try to persuade state Chamber of Commerce members they should support him rather than Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in Tuesday's election.


Hosemann predicts light turnout for election

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is predicting a light turnout as voters elect a governor and seven other statewide officials, fill all 174 legislative seats and choose between two school funding initiatives.



Miss. flag backer accused of tossing bomb in Wal-Mart

Posted 11/3/2015 in State

A man who's known for flying a 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag on his car has been accused of bombing a Wal-Mart because the chain stopped selling the flag, the police chief said Monday.


Rare statewide Democrat tries to hold on in Deep South

Posted 11/1/2015 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is hardly out of place in Southern politics: He speaks often about his Christian faith and rails against "perverts" and online predators who target children.


Gov.: 2016 good year for flag election -- maybe

Posted 10/30/2015 in State

If Mississippi voters are going to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, 2016 would be a good time to do it, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday.



University of Southern Miss. stops flying state flag

Posted 10/29/2015 in State

Another public university in Mississippi is stopping the display of the state flag on campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem many see as divisive.



GOP leaders renew attacks on Initiative 42

Posted 10/28/2015 in State

Mississippi's leading Republicans are continuing attacks on Initiative 42, saying Tuesday that it will pass only if GOP voters are tricked into supporting it.



Mississippi test scores rise on Nation's Report Card

Posted 10/28/2015 in State

Mississippi's fourth grade reading and math scores improved on the latest Nation's Report Card, bucking a national trend of declines.



Ole Miss takes down state flag

Posted 10/27/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag -- which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner -- for the last time.



Analysis: School funding lawsuits rarely stop at one judge

Posted 10/26/2015 in State

The claim that one Hinds County judge could ultimately decide the fate of Mississippi's school finance system if voters amend the state constitution appears unlikely.



Police: State trooper dragged by fleeing vehicle

Posted 10/26/2015 in State

Authorities are searching for a suspect who officials say dragged a state trooper on his car in Jackson.



Corrections head: Put Miss. lifers back to work

Posted 10/26/2015 in State

Mississippi's corrections commissioner says, "I want to put inmates back to work."



Oxford police: Pontotoc funeral director killed in his home

Posted 10/26/2015 in State

Oxford police say a funeral director was killed in his home.



Ole Miss: Frat brother, pledges were trying to steal statue

Posted 10/25/2015 in State

A fraternity brother and four pledges charged in an assault on a different fraternity member were trying to steal a donkey statue from a frat house, University of Mississippi officials said Friday.



5 Ole Miss students charged after beating of fellow student

Posted 10/23/2015 in State

Five University of Mississippi students have been arrested following the Oct. 6 beating of another student.



Confederate flag supporters criticize ballot summary

Posted 10/23/2015 in State

Sponsors of three identical initiatives that seek to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag say they're frustrated by ballot titles the attorney general's staff is writing for their proposals.


Ole Miss chancellor candidate points to planning as strength

Posted 10/22/2015 in State

Jeffrey Vitter, named as trustees' top pick to become the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi, says the problem solving of computer science informs his approach as a college administrator.


Southern Miss named top online program in state

Posted 10/22/2015 in State

The University of Southern Mississippi's online education program has been named the best in the state for 2015-2016 by



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