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Mississippi sees fewer deaths from drunken driving

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Mississippi no longer ranks among the top 10 states for deaths caused by drunk drivers, officials say.

 

 

McComb man finds grenade in yard

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

A man weeding his yard Monday found a World War II-era practice hand grenade that authorities say could have caused harm despite its age.

 

 

2nd agency cuts Mississippi Power's credit rating

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Lower credit ratings may be causing Mississippi Power Co. to pay more to borrow money. Moody's Investors Service became the second credit rating agency to downgrade Mississippi Power last week, days before the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. returned to the bond market to borrow $200 million.

 

 

Teachers get 'debit cards' for school supplies

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Beginning this fall, Mississippi teachers will have a new way to purchase classroom supplies -- state-issued procurement cards which will function similarly to debit cards.

 

 

Analysis: Bryant seeks to limit role of government

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes no apologies about his belief in small government and his pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy.

 

 

Inmates released early to save state money

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

Former crematorium owner Mark Seepe is out of prison after serving less than two years of a ten-year sentence for personal use of advance funeral payments.

 

 

Olympic gold medal back home in Miss.

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

About a thousand people welcomed Olympic long-jump champion Brittney Reese back to south Mississippi, and she gave them credit.

 

 

Mississippi cleared to start 511 travel info line

Posted 8/11/2012 in State

Most Mississippians know that you call 911 to report an emergency and 411 to look up a phone number. Soon, residents and visitors will be able to call 511 to find road and travel conditions.

 

 

Miss. museum could allow same-sex ceremonies

Posted 8/10/2012 in State

Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, Mississippi officials have relented on a ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies at a state-owned museum and are processing a permit for two women.

 

 

Ex-officer sues Greenville officials over firing related to Facebook

Posted 8/9/2012 in State

A former police officer claims in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments on a social networking site.

 

 

Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

 

Local gun laws: State's lenient gun laws in question after Colo. shooting

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

In the wake of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were shot and killed during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, gun sales across the nation are on the rise.

 

Few bright spots in child well-being survey

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

Despite small gains, Mississippi once again ranks last in the nation for children's well-being, with lingering effects of the recession continuing to loom over more than a third of the state's households.

 

 

Miss. granted 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

Posted 7/21/2012 in State

Mississippi joined more than half the states in the nation this week, when it was granted a waiver from the most challenging aspects of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.

 

 

Judge's abortion law ruling hailed as victory by both sides

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The future of Mississippi's only clinic where women can get an abortion remains unclear after a federal judge's ruling in a closely watched court case.

 

 

Two West Nile virus cases reported in state

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The state's first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported for 2012.

 

 

Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/12/2012 in State

A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a state law that threatens to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure in the state.

 

 

New settlement aims to prod Miss. on foster care

Posted 7/10/2012 in State

Mississippi officials have agreed to a revised settlement in a lawsuit alleging that the state was not doing enough to care for minors in the foster care system.

 

 

Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/7/2012 in State

Attorneys for the state of Mississippi are trying to persuade a federal judge to let a restrictive new abortion law to take effect, while those representing the state's only abortion clinic are asking the judge to extend the temporary hold he put on the law. The opposing sides filed their latest court documents Friday, a deadline set by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.

 

 

Miss. black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

Posted 7/5/2012 in State

Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

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