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.
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.
A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state's first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported for 2012.
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.
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 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.
Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining order the day the new law took effect. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block the law for a longer time.
The process for injured Mississippi workers getting insurance payments will become more restrictive. Dyslexic students will be able to transfer to other public or private schools and have the state pay for it. And AT&T will be relieved of obligations to hook up phone service to certain customers. Those are among the new Mississippi laws that come into force Sunday, with the start of the state's 2012-2013 budget year.
Top Republicans in Mississippi say the state can't afford to expand its Medicaid program to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Some Democrats, however, say the state should jump at the chance to provide coverage for its more than half million uninsured residents. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal Affordable Care Act on Thursday. But justices said the federal government can't withhold Medicaid money from states that choose not to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults.
After more than 10 years of lingering in legislative purgatory, state churches will soon be getting a break when it comes to paying utility bills. Effective Sunday, churches will no longer have to pay sales tax on utilities including electricity, water and natural gas.
The sponsor of Mississippi's new abortion law wants the state Health Department to immediately enforce the measure when it takes effect July 1. But the Health Department generally allows some time for any facility it inspects to come into compliance with a law.
Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, interfering with oil and gas production and putting officials on alert for flooding and strong winds from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.
Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.
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