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Medgar Evers exhibit opening May 1

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with the opening of a new exhibit in Jackson on May 1 with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers Williams.

 

 

Marine base shooting victim was goofy, churchgoing

Posted 3/25/2013 in State

A Marine who was shot to death at a Virginia base was described as a warm-hearted country boy from the South who grew up in the Pentecostal church and even preached a few times.

 

 

Bryant criticizes universities on teacher standard

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant confronted members of the state College Board Thursday over their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers OK small increase for FY14 budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are giving themselves a bit more wiggle room in writing a budget for the coming year.

 

 

Forensic pathologist sued over trial testimony

Posted 3/22/2013 in State

A woman who was acquitted in the death of her boyfriend has sued the medical examiner who testified at her 2010 trial. Jennifer Wardle Hollis seeks unspecified damages from Dr. Steven Hayne, who she alleges provided incorrect information to the Forrest County jury during her trial.

 

 

Gov. Bryant vetoes bill calling for school board study

Posted 3/20/2013 in State

No study needed, Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday. He'll just try again next year. Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2141, which called for a 13-member task force to study how Mississippi's local school boards are selected.

 

 

Mississippi governor signs bill to allow home beer brewing

Posted 3/20/2013 in State

Beer enthusiasts in Mississippi will soon be able to legally brew their own beer, thanks to a bill Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law.

 

 

Medicaid status could affect state finances

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Mississippi House Democrats said Monday that the state could hurt its own financial standing if it rejects Medicaid expansion, but Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said he's not convinced that would happen and he still opposes putting more people on the government health program.

 

 

Severe storms, large hail pummel parts of South

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.

 

 

Whistle-blowers allege wrongdoing at VA center

Posted 3/19/2013 in State

Employees at a Veterans Administration hospital in Mississippi have reported a range of "serious wrongdoing," including improperly sterilized instruments and missed diagnoses of fatal illnesses, an independent federal investigative agency said in a letter to the White House.

 

 

Analysis: Not every bill is a headline grabber

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

The first two bills that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed during the 2013 legislative session dealt with money.

 

 

Suspect in 1964 Klan slayings dies

Posted 3/18/2013 in State

Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

 

 

Court upholds Lowndes man's convictions

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

 

 

Gov. Bryant: No local bans on food portions

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

In the most obese state in the nation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll sign a new law to prevent cities or counties from banning extra-large soft drinks or requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.

 

 

Group says it would defend new Mississippi prayer law

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

A nonprofit conservative group says it will provide free legal representation to Mississippi schools or districts if a new school prayer law is challenged in court.

 

 

Mississippi Senate debates Israel's boundaries

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate adopted a resolution Friday to support Israel, but first engaged in nearly an hour-long debate about the nation's borders.

 

 

Deer hunting weapons bill goes to Miss. governor

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Some hunters who use modern rifles may no longer have to sit out primitive weapon deer season in Mississippi. A bill that would allow hunters to use weapons of choice on private land during this brief part of deer season is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Miss. court grants appeal in 'King Of Torts' case

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

 

Gov. signs bill for student-led prayer

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August.

 

 

State board setting new school rating system for 2012-13

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated.

 

 

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