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Costs of teen pregnancy affect all Mississippians

Posted 10/20/2012 in State

Just as she does every day, Kimberly Jones sat on the front porch of her Southside home Friday, waiting for her oldest child to come home from school. Jones, who asked that her real name not be used, is a 24-year-old mother of two.

 

Man accused of luring Southaven mayor from wife

Posted 10/20/2012 in State

The former wife of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is seeking $1 million in a lawsuit against a 26-year-old Starkville man who she says broke up her marriage by luring Davis away from her.

 

 

ACLU demands Miss. school stop prayers

Posted 10/18/2012 in State

The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Wednesday that a south Mississippi school stop holding prayers and promoting religious activities at games and other events.

 

 

Authorities: 4 injured as storm crosses Southeast

Posted 10/18/2012 in State

A severe storm front packing gusting winds left four people injured as it punched across a wide swath of the Southeast, downing power lines, toppling trees and damaging at least one mobile home in Mississippi, authorities said Thursday.

 

 

Vote time extended for some in military from Miss.

Posted 10/18/2012 in State

Military or overseas voters from three Mississippi counties are getting more time to submit ballots for next month's election.

 

 

Experts seek to reduce Miss. infant mortality rate

Posted 10/18/2012 in State

Mississippi has the nation's highest infant mortality rate, and experts are trying to change that by teaching people about healthy pregnancies and proper sleep conditions for babies.

 

 

Renasant Corp. profits rise as loans increase

Posted 10/17/2012 in State

Regional bank Renasant Corp. said profit in 2012's third quarter rose 8 percent from the same three months of 2011, as the bank set aside less to cover bad loans and made lower interest payments to savers.

 

 

NAACP seeks 2013 elections for Miss. Legislature

Posted 10/16/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal judges to redraw the state House and Senate districts that were approved by the Justice Department last month. The group also wants the judges to set new legislative elections in 2013, two years ahead of the normal schedule.

 

 

Analysis: 2012 not stressful for Miss. incumbents

Posted 10/15/2012 in State

This is a comfortable election year to be a sitting U.S. representative, U.S. senator or appellate judge in Mississippi.

 

 

EPA to Jackson: Stop dumping sewage in Pearl River

Posted 10/8/2012 in State

The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage -- enough to fill four NFL stadiums -- into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

 

 

Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

Posted 10/6/2012 in State

Someday, Entergy Corp. may own power plants in Jackson, Miss., and Malvern, Ark. But no one's sure when, or even if, the New Orleans-based utility will complete its $469 million purchase of two natural gas-fired plants from KGen Power Corp.

 

 

Voter registration intensifies ahead of Saturday deadline

Posted 10/4/2012 in State

With the deadline for voter registration fast approaching, area circuit court clerks and volunteers alike are urging people to register to vote by Saturday. Those who fail to register by Saturday are not eligible to vote in the November election.

 

 

Corinth considers hookah lounge request

Posted 10/4/2012 in State

Alex Al-Quawwas wants to expand his business with a hookah lounge, where people would be able to smoke a non-tobacco product using a hookah.

 

 

Feds want more information on Miss. voter ID law

Posted 10/3/2012 in State

Federal officials are pushing Mississippi to do more to prove that voter identification requirements won't discriminate against minorities.

 

 

Miss. tracks possible misuse of food stamps

Posted 10/2/2012 in State

State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits.

 

 

Analysis: Coffee, tea and punditry from Barbour

Posted 10/1/2012 in State

In some scenarios, Haley Barbour would've been traveling the United States these days as the Republican nominee for president.

 

 

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.

 

 

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