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Mississippi getting ready for Isaac

Posted 8/27/2012 in State

City, county and school officials, as well as gaming commissioners, will decide today about closings in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to reach hurricane strength today.

 

Drought bares mean side of thirsty Miss. River

Posted 8/25/2012 in State

Another day, another sandbar to clear on the clogged Mississippi River.

 

Bryant: No benefits for deferred-status immigrants

Posted 8/24/2012 in State

 

 

Judge delays decision on Monsanto seed dispute damages

Posted 8/23/2012 in State

A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.

 

 

Teacher evaluation talk skips detail of Miss. plan

Posted 8/22/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators' pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system.

 

 

11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

 

 

Settlement in suit over illegal workers

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.

 

 

IHL waits for state legislature to respond to funding requests

Posted 8/21/2012 in State

The Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is awaiting an answer from the Mississippi Legislature after approving a list Thursday of the top 10 construction priorities for each of the state's public universities. The costs of those projects would be $684 million.

 

Macon hay: Mennonites respond to Ohio drought victims

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Macon farmer Gary Miller didn't hesitate when his neighbor, Morris Miller (no relation), called to say dairy farmers in northeast Ohio were suffering from a severe drought, dipping into their winter reserves to feed their cattle. The two men sprang into action, and within hours, 540 bales of hay was northward-bound.

 

Mississippi's July jobless rate up to 9.1 percent

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

Unemployment rose in Mississippi in July for the second straight month to 9.1 percent as the state's job market continued to sputter, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

Ceremonies mark Hurricane Camille

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

A small group gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday to remember three women who died during Hurricane Camille but were never identified.

 

 

B.B. King, Kilmichael to be honored on Blues Trail

Posted 8/18/2012 in State

The town of Kilmichael and blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

 

 

Two sentenced in Miss. for Mexico gun smuggling case

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A man and his nephew have been sentenced in Mississippi to federal prison for using the same truck twice on the same route to try to smuggle guns from the North Carolina to Mexico. The nephew was pulled over in the truck just two months after his uncle was arrested and authorities hid a GPS tracking device on it, according to court records.

 

 

Appeals court won't toss Scruggs' plea

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

A federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

Motorists help woman, sister pinned in burning car

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Passing motorists who saw smoke billowing Thursday from a stand of pine trees along Interstate 10 in southern Mississippi rescued a woman and her disabled sister from a wrecked, burning sport utility vehicle.

For Miss., an angst-filled Civil War anniversary

Posted 8/17/2012 in State

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

GOP's Palazzo opposes expansion of Miss. Medicaid

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul.

 

Mississippi sees fewer deaths from drunken driving

Posted 8/16/2012 in State

Mississippi no longer ranks among the top 10 states for deaths caused by drunk drivers, officials say.

 

 

McComb man finds grenade in yard

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

A man weeding his yard Monday found a World War II-era practice hand grenade that authorities say could have caused harm despite its age.

 

 

2nd agency cuts Mississippi Power's credit rating

Posted 8/15/2012 in State

Lower credit ratings may be causing Mississippi Power Co. to pay more to borrow money. Moody's Investors Service became the second credit rating agency to downgrade Mississippi Power last week, days before the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. returned to the bond market to borrow $200 million.

 

 

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