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New ovens help schools keep fries on menu

Posted 11/24/2012 in State

One tool in Mississippi's attack on childhood obesity? The combi-oven.

 

 

'Legally dead' man's kidnapping trial delayed

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

A federal trial has been pushed back to August for a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter.

 

 

PERS OKs increase in employer contributions

Posted 11/23/2012 in State

The governing board of the state retirement system has increased -- as expected -- the amount employers contribute to the program.

 

 

Furniture makers seek workers as hiring picks up

Posted 11/21/2012 in State

A few months ago, Nicole Harmon was cooking fast food at a Texaco gas station. Now she's learning to sew couch cushions at the Max Home furniture factory.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Making sense of charter schools

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

It's hard to know what workaday people envision when the notion of "charter schools" is floated, usually as an all-purpose cure for whatever ails public education.

 

 

AP Analysis: Miss. Civil Rights Museum hires manager

Posted 11/19/2012 in State

The newly hired project manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum says she wants the museum to tell stories of everyday people who helped shatter barriers of segregation.

 

 

State finds homestead exemption mistakes

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has found mistakes in 36,000 homestead exemption filings.

 

 

DeLaughter no longer on supervised release

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

Bobby DeLaughter, a former circuit judge caught up in Mississippi's judicial bribery scandal, is no longer on post-prison supervised release.

 

 

$100-a-year fee approved at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The state College Board has approved a request from Mississippi's two largest universities to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

 

Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted 11/16/2012 in State

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

 

 

Bryant proposes cuts for most agencies

Posted 11/15/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing that most state agencies take a 1.5 percent budget cut during fiscal 2014, which begins next July 1.

 

 

$100-a-year fee likely at Ole Miss, MSU

Posted 11/15/2012 in State

Mississippi's two largest universities are likely to win approval to impose a $50-a-semester fee on their students.

 

Plane crash in Jackson kills three

Posted 11/14/2012 in State

Three pilots flying together to a federal safety conference died when their single-engine plane faltered in midair and crashed into a house that went up in flames.

Modest rise in revenues won't solve state's budget challenges

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and state lawmakers begin their second day of preliminary budget talks today in Jackson.

 

Charter schools opponent moved off House Education committee

Posted 11/13/2012 in State

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports.

 

 

Analysis: Legislators aim to prevent child abuse

Posted 11/12/2012 in State

"Erin's Law" is described as a tool to keep sexual predators away from children. Four states -- Maine, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri -- have enacted it and a dozen more may consider it in 2013.

 

 

Miss. in good shape for debt level, treasury says

Posted 11/9/2012 in State

The Mississippi House and Senate will try to agree on a package of long-term borrowing next year, after failing to authorize one this past spring, a top lawmaker said Thursday.

 

 

Other editors: Senseless election reaction a step backward for Ole Miss

Posted 11/8/2012 in State

Ole Miss has more than 20,000 students enrolled at its campuses, including the Medical Center. But it only takes a small percentage to tarnish the image worn by all.

 

Ole Miss students rally for racial harmony

Posted 11/8/2012 in State

A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama Tuesday night grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Two people were arrested on minor charges.

 

Ballots fall in Miss., as GOP enthusiasm wanes

Posted 11/8/2012 in State

Who knew the enthusiasm gap was among Mississippi Republicans? The number of Mississippi voters dropped from the 2008 presidential election by as much as 90,000 people, with Republican votes falling twice as much as Democratic ballots.

 

 

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