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Miss. companies with $227M in aid employ fewer than 500

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010 but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.

 

Miss. lawmakers reveal budget proposal for 2014

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Most parts of Mississippi education, from kindergarten through college, would receive the same amount of state funding next year as this year, under a budget proposal released Tuesday by House and Senate leaders.

 

 

Unions flip to support Kemper in exchange for jobs

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s contractors have agreed to hire about 1,000 labor union members to build its Kemper County power plant, and a group of unions says it now supports the project.

 

 

Freshman rep jumps parties

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

A freshman lawmaker from the Mississippi Delta switched from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday, saying his beliefs on the budget and social issues are more in line with the GOP.

 

 

Scruggs home on prison release, appeal pending

Posted 12/11/2012 in State

Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, a noted plaintiff's attorney before being snared in a corruption investigation, has been released from prison pending an appeal.

 

 

AP Analysis: Court considers death penalty and intent

Posted 12/10/2012 in State

Death row inmate Bobby Batiste has left the Mississippi Supreme Court in a quandary over intent.

 

Death row inmate continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 12/8/2012 in State

A death row inmate convicted of killing two university students in 1992 is continuing his quest to convince a court he deserves a new trial.

 

Miss. gov tells teens to avoid early parenthood

Posted 12/7/2012 in State

To fight Mississippi's highest-in-the-nation teen birth rate, is it best to give young people detailed information about contraception or to just tell them to abstain from sex before marriage?

 

 

Two conferences address Miss. teen pregnancy rate

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Organizers say it's just a coincidence that separate conferences about teenage pregnancy in Mississippi are taking place in the same facility on the same day.

 

 

Suit filed over Greenwood doctor's prosecution

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Greenwood oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in shootout at a local law office.

 

 

Historic Miss. buildings open for candlelight tour

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi Capitol and other historic buildings are decked out for the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

 

 

Home brewing law next challenge in beer regulation

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi's beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of "growlers," large containers of fresh draft beer to go.

 

Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A Mississippi school district contends it was justified to suspend a student for recording a rap song that educators believed would disrupt classes and was a threat to teachers.

 

One more guilty of hate crime in Miss. rundown case

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

A fourth man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday in the death of a black man who was run over by a pickup truck in Mississippi, and another man admitted he was part of a group of young whites involved in racially motivated attacks against African-Americans.

 

 

Adams Co. approves contract at KiOR site

Posted 12/5/2012 in State

Adams County supervisors have approved a $522,673 to relocate a sewer line on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports that the contract went to T.L. Wallace Construction.

 

 

Study: Miss. job rate low for 20- to 24-year-olds

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Young adults in Mississippi were less likely to be employed in 2011 than their peers in other states, according to a national study released Monday.

 

 

Bryant says Miss. should avoid aid to startups

Posted 12/4/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd prefer that the state not invest in startup companies like failed solar equipment firm Twin Creeks. The Republican says he's steering the Mississippi Development Authority away from loaning or giving money to such companies.

 

 

Bryant: Teens don't care about using contraception

Posted 11/30/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said this week that he believes most teenagers know how to obtain and use contraception, but too many are failing to do so.

 

 

Miss. abortion clinic again seeks to block law

Posted 11/29/2012 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi's only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that threatens to eventually close the facility, though a closing is not expected any time soon.

 

 

Miss. economic growth predicted to rise in 2013

Posted 11/28/2012 in State

Economists say growth and employment should increase in Mississippi next year, led by an improved housing market and an increase in home construction.

 

 

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