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Forensic expert Hayne settles defamation suit

Posted 6/6/2012 in State

Dr. Steven Hayne, once the state's most active forensic expert, has a reputation of being both something of a Svengali and an expert criminal witness. Hayne recently agreed to a $100,000 out of court settlement from the New York-based judicial advocacy group, The Innocence Project. Hayne filed a defamation of character suit against the group in April 2009 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Sisters want brother who killed their kids spared

Posted 6/5/2012 in State

Two women are asking Mississippi's governor to spare their brother from execution, even though he killed four of their children, paralyzed another and stabbed one of the sisters.

Wicker faces low-budget challengers in Senate race

Posted 6/4/2012 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker shows the confidence of a man who will barely need to break a sweat in his run for re-election in Mississippi this year.

 

Bryant advocates school prayer in speech to teens

Posted 5/31/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day. However, the Republican said he's not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue.

 

 

Bryants now living in Miss. Governor's Mansion

Posted 5/29/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have started living in the renovated Governor's Mansion, more than four months after he took office.

 

 

Bryant signs law to limit attorney general's power

Posted 5/24/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.

 

 

Bryant signs law limiting attorney general's power

Posted 5/22/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.

 

 

Sheriff: Gang started prison riot

Posted 5/22/2012 in State

A gang fight in a prison for illegal immigrants quickly escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates, some lashing out with sticks or homemade knives as the uprising spread through the sprawling prison, a sheriff said.

 

 

Former state lawmaker Ezell Lee dies at 74

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died Monday after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012.

 

Prison riot leaves guard dead, eight injured

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during a riot at a Mississippi prison that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

 

Miss. jobless rate falls as labor force dips

Posted 5/19/2012 in State

Mississippi's jobless rate continued to fall in April, again because fewer people were looking for jobs.

 

Man arrested in Miss. highway shootings

Posted 5/18/2012 in State

Police have arrested a suspect in two fatal highway shootings in Mississippi that prompted warnings a fake officer might be pulling over victims.

 

2 Miss. road shootings raise worry about fake police officer

Posted 5/15/2012 in State

Two shooting victims along Mississippi highways may have been killed by someone who posed as law enforcement and pulled them over late at night, authorities said Monday.

 

Rescued girl tells sister: 'Now we can go home'

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Days of grueling searches for two young girls and the kidnapper who killed their mother and sister led to the kind of terrain that favors the hunted -- high hardwoods and deep ravines near a red-brick church perched on a hill.

 

NC gov wrong to speak ill of Miss., Bryant says

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult Mississippi while bemoaning that voters in her state approved a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

 

 

March sales tax collections up throughout Golden Triangle

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

Consumer confidence may be on an upswing in the Golden Triangle as March sales tax figures show a steady increase from February and from 2011 numbers.

 

 

Some improvement in low Miss. science scores

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

A national sampling of eighth-graders' performance in science showed Mississippi with a small improvement from 2009 to 2011 but still below the national average.

 

 

NAACP asks feds to block Mississippi voter ID law

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block what will likely become the state's new voter ID law, contending it will violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by diminishing the voting strength of minorities.

 

Miss. police chief says kidnap-slaying suspect has been killed; 2 girls are OK

Posted 5/10/2012 in State

Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

 

College tuition costs to rise in Mississippi

Posted 5/8/2012 in State

Students and their parents will be digging a bit deeper in their wallets next semester, following a statewide tuition hike approved Monday by the Institutes of Higher Learning College Board.

 

 

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