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Bryant weighs in on tort cap case in federal court

Posted 12/20/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says scrapping Mississippi's tort reform laws would hinder economic development and cost the state the jobs that it brings.

 

Southaven mayor indicted for misuse of taxpayer money

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

A north Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money on several purchases including at a Canadian sex shop was indicted Tuesday on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements.

 

Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.

 

 

Miss. schools eye security after Conn. shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in State

School officials across Mississippi say they're on high alert and evaluating security policies in the wake of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

Miss. farmers see record soybean and corn yields

Posted 12/15/2012 in State

Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before. U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers brush up on education proposals

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers were doing homework Wednesday before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools.

 

 

Judge criticizes DHS in child custody case

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

A Lamar County judge has criticized the Department of Human Services related to the custody of a 3-year-old child whose biological father is a registered sex offender.

 

Multiple bomb threats prompt evacuations

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Bomb threats prompted the evacuation of courthouses across the state Wednesday, including those in Lowndes and Clay counties. No explosives were found and no injuries were reported.

Miss. companies with $227M in aid employ fewer than 500

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010 but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.

 

Miss. lawmakers reveal budget proposal for 2014

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Most parts of Mississippi education, from kindergarten through college, would receive the same amount of state funding next year as this year, under a budget proposal released Tuesday by House and Senate leaders.

 

 

Unions flip to support Kemper in exchange for jobs

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s contractors have agreed to hire about 1,000 labor union members to build its Kemper County power plant, and a group of unions says it now supports the project.

 

 

Freshman rep jumps parties

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

A freshman lawmaker from the Mississippi Delta switched from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday, saying his beliefs on the budget and social issues are more in line with the GOP.

 

 

Scruggs home on prison release, appeal pending

Posted 12/11/2012 in State

Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, a noted plaintiff's attorney before being snared in a corruption investigation, has been released from prison pending an appeal.

 

 

AP Analysis: Court considers death penalty and intent

Posted 12/10/2012 in State

Death row inmate Bobby Batiste has left the Mississippi Supreme Court in a quandary over intent.

 

Death row inmate continues pursuit of new trial

Posted 12/8/2012 in State

A death row inmate convicted of killing two university students in 1992 is continuing his quest to convince a court he deserves a new trial.

 

Miss. gov tells teens to avoid early parenthood

Posted 12/7/2012 in State

To fight Mississippi's highest-in-the-nation teen birth rate, is it best to give young people detailed information about contraception or to just tell them to abstain from sex before marriage?

 

 

Two conferences address Miss. teen pregnancy rate

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Organizers say it's just a coincidence that separate conferences about teenage pregnancy in Mississippi are taking place in the same facility on the same day.

 

 

Suit filed over Greenwood doctor's prosecution

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Greenwood oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in shootout at a local law office.

 

 

Historic Miss. buildings open for candlelight tour

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

The Mississippi Capitol and other historic buildings are decked out for the Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

 

 

Home brewing law next challenge in beer regulation

Posted 12/6/2012 in State

Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi's beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of "growlers," large containers of fresh draft beer to go.

 

 

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