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Mississippi's Renasant to buy Georgia bank for $59M in stock

Posted 10/22/2015 in State

Mississippi-based regional bank Renasant Corp. will acquire Georgia-based KeyWorth Bank for $59 million in stock.



Entire state of Miss. under burn ban

Posted 10/21/2015 in State



Student senate seeks removal of Miss. flag at Ole Miss

Posted 10/21/2015 in State

Student senators at the University of Mississippi voted Tuesday night to ask the school administration to remove the Mississippi flag from campus because it contains a Confederate battle emblem that some say is an offensive reminder of slavery and segregation.



Miss. lawmaker apologizes over 'black judge' comment

Posted 10/20/2015 in State

A white Mississippi lawmaker apologized Monday for saying at a local Republican meeting that "a black judge" would decide how to spend money on public schools if state voters approve an education funding initiative.



Jeffrey Vitter, senator's brother, top pick to lead Ole Miss

Posted 10/20/2015 in State

Mississippi's College Board named University of Kansas provost Jeffrey Vitter as its top choice to lead the University of Mississippi, six months after the ouster of the previous chancellor provoked protests on campus and objections from notable alumni.



Tupelo social worker charged with kidnapping

Posted 10/19/2015 in State

A Tupelo woman is facing multiple felony charges after police say she kidnapped two children from the Gulf Coast.



Making headlines no guarantee of election success

Posted 10/19/2015 in State

Two state senators with proposals that grabbed headlines and divided their colleagues are not returning to the Mississippi Capitol next term.



Mississippi burial set for soldier killed in Korean War

Posted 10/17/2015 in State

The remains of an American soldier who fought in the Korean War have been identified and will be buried near his parents in his north Mississippi hometown.



Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez closes today

Posted 10/17/2015 in State

After more than two decades of gambling in Natchez, the Isle of Capri Casino is closing its doors at noon Sunday.



Ole Miss flag protests turn to shouting

Posted 10/17/2015 in State

An integrated group of at least 200 students and faculty members rallied Friday at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, urging the Ole Miss administration to stop flying the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.


Who are we in the Golden Triangle?

Posted 10/16/2015 in State

Earlier this month, the Mississippi Secretary of State's office launched a website it hopes businesses considering a move to the state will use.


Attorneys make new arguments in school funding lawsuit

Posted 10/14/2015 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove made a new round of arguments Tuesday in his lawsuit that seeks $240 million that 21 school districts say they have been shortchanged by the state in the past few years.



Police: Standoff ends in Miss. with suspect dead

Posted 10/13/2015 in State

A man resisting eviction died after he barricaded himself in his apartment for hours and fired shots at police, authorities said, adding one officer was injured in the standoff.



Under the Capitol dome: 'Mailbox wars' key to Mississippi House campaigns

Posted 10/12/2015 in State

The campaign in the mailbox is beginning for residents of certain Mississippi legislative districts.


Hundreds rally against Confederate sign on Miss. flag

Posted 10/12/2015 in State

Civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, Mississippi-born rapper David Banner and a prominent South Carolina lawmaker are calling on Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag.

Proposal could make Evers home part of National Park Service

Posted 10/10/2015 in State

The home where Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963 gets thousands of visitors each year, operates as a college-owned museum and relies on state grants and private donations for maintenance funds.


Cochran: Mississippi gets $1.9M to detect food benefit fraud

Posted 10/10/2015 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services and Mississippi State University have been granted more than $1.9 million to help combat waste, fraud and abuse in the federal food benefit program.



School-funding initiative backers keep outraising opponents

Posted 10/10/2015 in State

The most expensive ballot initiative campaign in Mississippi history got costlier in September, as supporters of the Initiative 42 education funding measure continued to outraise opponents.



Miss. governor up with TV ads, but no air time yet for Dem

Posted 10/8/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's campaign is running its first TV commercials this election season, but a new analysis shows his Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, hasn't bought any air time.



Ballot could confuse voters on school funding proposals

Posted 10/7/2015 in State

People pushing a school funding proposal said Tuesday that Mississippi's largest county has taken an already confusing ballot format and made it worse.



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