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Rock and soul songwriter George Jackson dies at 68

Posted 4/15/2013 in State

Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68.

 

 

Ohio man admits making more than 100 bomb threats

Posted 4/12/2013 in State

 

Faulkner heirlooms going to auction in New York

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

Manuscripts and personal letters of the late William Faulkner, whose original writings are a rarity in the literary marketplace, can be viewed Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York -- an event to whet the appetites of scholars ahead of a June auction.

 

Road workers find 66 unmarked graves

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

Workers building a road at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have found 66 unidentified graves.

 

 

Device to scare birds causes lockdown

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway, authorities said.

 

 

Dogfight investigation yields cash, weapons

Posted 4/11/2013 in State

 

 

Education focus shifts to implementation

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

If 2013 was the education session for Mississippi's Legislature, it will be followed by the implementation season. State leaders will have to create structures to authorize charter schools and fund prekindergarten programs. Literacy coaches will have to be hired to implement a new focus on reading grades K-3, along with training for thousands of teachers.

 

 

Coroner: Man shot self twice after killing officer

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

The murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi's capital city last week shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer four times, the coroner said Tuesday.

 

 

MDOC deals with budget problems

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

 

 

First West Nile case reported for 2013

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

 

 

Miss. set to add terrorism to death penalty law

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

Mississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed.

 

 

Man uses feces to hid pot-growing operation

Posted 4/10/2013 in State

 

 

Analysis: Legislature often like extended family

Posted 4/8/2013 in State

It was a poignant bookend to the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature -- the passing of a House of Representatives seat from father to surviving son.

 

 

Analysis: 2013 session mixes substance, silliness

Posted 4/6/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers approved substantial public policy changes during their 2013 session, with an emphasis on trying new approaches to public education.

 

Authorities say video shows Jackson police officer shooting

Posted 4/6/2013 in State

Authorities have a video from a police interrogation room that shows a murder suspect shooting a detective to death before killing himself with the officer's gun, a person with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

 

Mississippi lawmakers finish their 2013 session

Posted 4/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their three-month session Thursday, but they'll return to the Capitol in the next several weeks to handle a big piece of unfinished business: Keeping the Medicaid program alive beyond July 1.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers pass bill that could arm teachers

Posted 4/4/2013 in State

Lawmakers are leaving open the possibility that Mississippi teachers could bear arms in their classrooms. The House and Senate passed Senate Bill 2659 Wednesday. The bill originally was designed only to grant money for schools to hire school resource officers.

 

 

Charter school bill passes

Posted 4/3/2013 in State

Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 Tuesday with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369.

 

 

Senate agrees to House bill on charter schools

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

Faced with repeated warnings that changes could jeopardize support, Mississippi senators have agreed to the House version of a bill to expand charter schools.

 

 

Gov. Bryant withdraws Board of Health nomination

Posted 4/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday he's withdrawing his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland to the state Board of Health.

 

 

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