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Woman charged with murder of burned infant

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

A Lumberton woman has been charged with murder after a burned infant was recovered.



Judge rules Smith unfit in murder-for-hire case

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Doctors will keep monitoring the mental condition of Dr. Arnold Smith, but he won't face trial for now.



Top Bryant aide leaving to manage Cochran campaign

Posted 12/19/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's chief of staff is leaving to become campaign manager for Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.



Mississippi hospital joins UAB cancer network

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Singing River Health System's Regional Center has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network.



Jail contract awarded to Montgomery company

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Jackson County has awarded a $27.6 million contract to Montgomery, Ala.-based Caddell Construction to build a new jail in Pascagoula.



Group recommends changes in Miss. criminal justice

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi can improve its criminal justice system, and potentially save millions of dollars, by setting clearer sentencing laws, giving judges more discretion to order alternatives to prison and taking steps to ensure former inmates don't mess up, a study group says.



Lawsuit: Gay students bullied in Miss. district

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

A lawsuit filed Tuesday says gay students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls.



Man pleads guilty to distributing painkillers

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Former Lee County pharmacist Jim Bain has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the pain killer hydrocodone.



MDMR comments on rules on coastal drilling leases

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Mississippi marine resources agency officials said the rules and regulations that the Mississippi Development Authority adopted this year regarding seismic testing in Mississippi waters do not conflict with its own process for managing coastal resources.



Education Department awards $120 million to districts

Posted 12/18/2013 in State

Students will earn an associate's degree and a high school diploma at the same time. Every student will have a laptop to take home at night. And teachers will be retrained to let students move at their own pace. All are pilot programs the Education Department is funding with $120 million in grants to five school groups, Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday.



State Supreme Court denies motion for removal of trial judge

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.



Arrests at McComb weight loss center

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The owner and business manager of the McComb weight loss clinic have been charged with selling drugs and practicing medicine without a license.



AGs want tamper proof generic painkillers

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and 41 other states legal officers are asking the government to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products.



Mississippi death penalty case before U.S. Supreme Court

Posted 12/17/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Jan. 10 whether to hear an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row who is seeking a new trial in the slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused.


Mississippi to end prisoners' conjugal visits

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

Mississippi prisoners will no longer be allowed to have conjugal visits, starting early next year, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said.


Tupelo city gov't reducing its overtime spending

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In the past three years, Tupelo city government has significantly cut the amount of money it's spending on overtime.



Child support decision gets second look

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

In a 5-4 decision in June, the Supreme Court majority reached two conclusions. It said that nothing in state law requires parents to financially support their offspring after they turn 21, and it also said the Legislature has not passed a law to require parents to pay support for, or on the behalf of, adult disabled children.



Tunica Furniture Market set for January

Posted 12/16/2013 in State

The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate.



Entergy-ITC deal canceled due to regulatory issues

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. have called off plans to spin off Entergy's electric transmission business and merge it into ITC, because the deal failed to get regulatory approval.



Miss. hospital does its first pancreas transplant

Posted 12/14/2013 in State

Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have performed the facility's first pancreas transplant in a 49-year-old diabetes patient who also received a kidney during the procedure.



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