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Enrollment increasing in Miss. Medicaid and CHIP

Posted 10/4/2014 in State

Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program.

 

 

Dept. of Public Safety seeks bigger budget

Posted 10/3/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is requesting a $46 million budget boost in the coming year.

 

 

Baptist Memorial layoffs affect Mississippi

Posted 10/3/2014 in State

Baptist Memorial Healthcare is laying off workers at its Booneville and New Albany hospitals in Mississippi in cost reduction plan.

 

 

Again, costs rise and completion delayed at Kemper plant

Posted 10/3/2014 in State

Southern Co. said Thursday that it will cost at least another $59 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.6 billion

 

 

Miss. high court hears GOP Senate primary dispute

Posted 10/3/2014 in State

Attorneys for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday that a challenger waited too long to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn Cochran's victory in the June 24 Republican primary runoff.

 

 

Tourism officials seek bigger promo budget

Posted 10/2/2014 in State

Mississippi tourism officials are requesting more public money to promote the state in big media markets such as Atlanta and Chicago, hoping the investment will lure travelers to play golf, visit civil-rights landmarks or hear authentic blues music close to its roots.

 

 

Mississippi colleges and universities seek more money

Posted 10/2/2014 in State

The two systems that run Mississippi's public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state.

 

Man in Cochran photo case indicted for burglary

Posted 10/2/2014 in State

The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges.

 

Miss. personal income growth trails nation

Posted 10/2/2014 in State

Personal income growth in Mississippi accelerated in the second three months of 2014, but growth still trailed the nation.

 

 

Mighty Mississippi Music Festival opens Friday

Posted 10/2/2014 in State

 

 

Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

Posted 10/1/2014 in State

A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. officials question local school aid spending

Posted 10/1/2014 in State

State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi's school funding formula were questioned Tuesday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula.

 

 

Mississippi has 2 more cases of enterovirus

Posted 10/1/2014 in State

Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children.

 

 

Changes coming for DUI enforcement

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

Changes in Mississippi's DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system.

 

 

Tourism exec: Miss. needs to shout its message

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

Tourism leaders from across the state are in Biloxi this week and will be joined by Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to address a request for an additional $5 million to market Mississippi as a destination.

 

 

Voter registration deadline Saturday

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

Saturday is the deadline for Mississippians to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

 

 

Blues Trail honors Miss. railroad crossing

Posted 9/30/2014 in State

The spot where the east-west line of The Southern Railway in Mississippi intersected with the north-south line of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad in Moorhead will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

 

Debate renews on Miss. indigent defense

Posted 9/29/2014 in State

In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature's reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases -- the main concern at that time.

 

 

Traffic stop, early morning shooting; nobody hurt

Posted 9/29/2014 in State

A man crashed his car trying to evade a traffic stop, then allegedly sped off in the deputy's squad car -- only to return in a third vehicle and shoot at deputies and people nearby, Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker said.

 

 

Peavey laying off workers during downsizing

Posted 9/27/2014 in State

Meridian-based Peavey Electronics Corp. is reorganizing in a move that company officials say will result in some layoffs.

 

 

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