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Under the Capitol dome: Wright wants higher bar third-grade reading test

Posted 9/15/2015 in State

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright wants to move the goalposts on third-grade literacy, requiring students to score significantly higher to advance to fourth grade.



Hunting show host charged with poaching in Alaska

Posted 9/15/2015 in State

The host of the Sportsman Channel hunting show "The Syndicate" was charged Monday with two felonies related to poaching in northwest Alaska.



Time to change Mississippi flag, Steve Earle says in song

Posted 9/12/2015 in State

Country rockers Steve Earle & The Dukes have released a new song exhorting Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.



Second man set to plead guilty over noose on Ole Miss statue

Posted 9/12/2015 in State

A man implicated by federal prosecutors in placing a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist plans to plead guilty.



1 Miss. flag initiative withering, but plans for more

Posted 9/10/2015 in State

One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die, but a flag supporter said Wednesday that others are being filed.



Miss. pays over $60K to defend lawmakers in ballot dispute

Posted 9/10/2015 in State

Public records show the state has paid more than $60,000 to defend Mississippi legislative leaders in a legal dispute over school funding amendments.



Mississippi potter Lee McCarty dies at 92

Posted 9/9/2015 in State

Lee McCarty, an award-winning artisan who worked with his wife for decades to turn Mississippi clay into pottery that became collector's pieces, died Monday at his home in the Delta town of Merigold. He was 92.



4-year-old boy, his dog rescued from well

Posted 9/8/2015 in State

After spending hours in a well, a 4-year-old boy and his dog were rescued in southern Mississippi as emergency workers cheered.



Army contract will bring $27.2M to Mississippi

Posted 9/8/2015 in State



Firm recalls cucumbers after salmonella outbreak

Posted 9/5/2015 in State

A California company is recalling its cucumbers after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a San Diego woman.



Prayer, and bracelet, void Mississippi speeding ticket

Posted 9/5/2015 in State

A Mississippi state trooper says he voided a $200 speeding ticket because the driver expressed concern for police safety.



Law enforcement beefs up patrols for Labor Day

Posted 9/4/2015 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will have all state troopers on duty for the Labor Day weekend.



$50.6M in federal aid to extend fast Internet in Miss.

Posted 9/4/2015 in State

Three telecommunications companies are getting $51.5 million to expand fast Internet service in rural parts of Mississippi that currently don't have access.



State's sales tax holiday for guns, hunting gear to begin

Posted 9/3/2015 in State

Mississippi businesses are preparing for the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday this weekend.


No charges expected in MSU lockdown

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

Authorities won't seek criminal charges against a former Mississippi State University student who sparked a campus lockdown last Thursday.


Gautier votes unanimously to keep state flag flying

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

he Gautier City Council has voted unanimously to keep the Mississippi state flag flying at the Veterans Tribute Tower display at City Hall.



Miss. veteran recognized for service in Vietnam

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

A Mississippi veteran is receiving medals to recognize his military service in Vietnam, more than 45 years after he was wounded in combat.



Kemper power plant overruns climb another $25M

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will spend at least another $25 million to finish the power plant it's building in Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.3 billion.



Contractor gets 10 years for exploiting vulnerable person

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

An Ocean Springs contractor gets prison time after pleading guilty to felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.



Immigrants sue 2 Mississippi companies over work issues

Posted 9/2/2015 in State

Six immigrants are suing two Mississippi companies, saying the firms misled them about wages they would be paid to work in landscaping jobs under contracts with the state Department of Transportation.



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