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Holder says civil rights remain priority

Posted 9/28/2012 in State

Speaking blocks away from where U.S. marshals battled rioters a half-century ago in an effort to compel the admission of the first black student to the University of Mississippi, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that civil rights enforcement remains a federal priority.

 

Prof: Context key to 50-year integration events

Posted 9/27/2012 in State

Is the University of Mississippi putting a glossy sheen on its commemoration of 50 years of integration?

Man who killed girlfriend escapes from Parchman

Posted 9/24/2012 in State

A man serving life in prison for killing his girlfriend in 1996 has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, and visitation there was closed.

 

Miss. payrolls fall, signaling shrinking economy

Posted 9/24/2012 in State

Payrolls fell in Mississippi for the fourth straight month in August, reinforcing economists' judgment that the state is back in recession.

 

 

Bryant blocks $3 million for Miss. Grammy museum

Posted 9/22/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has blocked lawmakers' attempt to send $3 million from the Mississippi Development Authority budget to the proposed Grammy museum in Cleveland.

 

 

Hosemann: Miss. voter ID may survive in court

Posted 9/20/2012 in State

 

 

Poet laureate Trethewey making 2 Miss. appearances

Posted 9/18/2012 in State

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is speaking at two Mississippi universities this week and will read poems from her new book, "Thrall."

 

 

Judge: Mississippi health care challenge premature

Posted 9/17/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi residents were premature in their challenge to the federal law requiring people to buy health care insurance, a federal judge has ruled.

 

 

Mississippi legislative maps receive federal approval

Posted 9/15/2012 in State

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that it has approved Mississippi's legislative redistricting plans, but that doesn't prevent anyone from suing to try to block the maps from being used.

 

 

Miss. governor headed to Japan for economic conference

Posted 9/14/2012 in State

Republican Phil Bryant of Mississippi is one of five Southeastern U.S. governors in Japan for a trade conference.

 

 

Miss. peanuts needed Isaac rain, now need dry weather

Posted 9/12/2012 in State

Hurricane Isaac's rains came at the right time for peanuts in southeast Mississippi, which got more than a foot and a half of rain in some spots.

 

 

Issues emerge in changes to GED tests

Posted 9/12/2012 in State

Changes to the General Educational Development test, commonly known as the GED test, are on the horizon, with a price increase and a revamped test structure designed to assess college and career readiness and mirror curriculum changes in high schools nationwide.

 

MSU, Ole Miss get high marks for free speech

Posted 9/11/2012 in State

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its second annual list of Best Colleges for Free Speech, and FIRE's top seven list includes, you guessed it, three SEC universities.

 

Miss. not expected to get post-Isaac revenue leap

Posted 9/10/2012 in State

State economist Darrin Webb says he does not expect Mississippi to see a surge in tax collections after Hurricane Isaac the way it did after Hurricane Katrina.

 

Deaf dolphin rescued in La. is going to Miss.

Posted 9/10/2012 in State

A deaf dolphin found stranded in March off the Louisiana coast is being taken to live among other dolphins at a facility in Mississippi.

 

Court sides with Wal-Mart in ammunition lawsuit

Posted 9/8/2012 in State

If a store sells ammunition to an underage person who uses the bullets to kill someone, is the retailer responsible?

 

 

Research gives MSU a global footprint

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

While David Shaw walked down the halls of a United Nations building in Rome last year, on his way to a conference hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a host escorting his group told Shaw that there was someone he needed to meet. "It was a black gentleman from Ghana," he recalled. "He shook my hand and told me that he graduated from Mississippi State.

 

 

Four deaths in Mississippi from West Nile virus

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

Michele Martin's son Drew is one of the lucky ones. He survived the West Nile virus despite living in a county that leads the state in the number of cases and where the third and fourth deaths this year from infection were reported Wednesday. The active Richland 14-year-old was sidelined by severe fever, headache, fatigue and lack of appetite in mid-August.

 

 

Miss. folk artist 'Preacher' Dennis dies at 96

Posted 9/7/2012 in State

The Rev. Herman "Preacher" Dennis, who turned a Mississippi Delta grocery store into a folk-art castle that became a roadside attraction, has died. He was 96.

 

 

Miss. reports 2 new West Nile virus deaths

Posted 9/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus.

 

 

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