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B.B. King, Kilmichael to be honored on Blues Trail

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

The town of Kilmichael and blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

 

Two sentenced in Miss. for Mexico gun smuggling case

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A man and his nephew have been sentenced in Mississippi to federal prison for using the same truck twice on the same route to try to smuggle guns from the North Carolina to Mexico. The nephew was pulled over in the truck just two months after his uncle was arrested and authorities hid a GPS tracking device on it, according to court records.

 

 

Appeals court won't toss Scruggs' plea

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

Motorists help woman, sister pinned in burning car

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing Thursday from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled sister from a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

For Miss., an angst-filled Civil War anniversary

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

GOP's Palazzo opposes expansion of Miss. Medicaid

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul.

 

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.

 

 

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