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Mississippi motorhome wreck kills 1, injures 11

Posted 1/7/2012 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A motorhome bound for a college football championship game in New Orleans went off Interstate 59 in southern Mississippi and struck a tree, killing one person and injuring 10 others.

 

 

Nomination for Katrina breach sites sparks debate

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A push to place levee breach sites from Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places is cause for consternation at the federal agency that built the floodwalls that failed during the 2005 storm.

 

 

Southaven board asks mayor to resign

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Southaven Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 Friday to ask Mayor Greg Davis to resign amid allegations he misspent about $170,000 in city funds.

 

 

Tate Reeves to be roasted by state press association

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will be roasted at a journalism dinner in Jackson on Jan. 26.

 

 

Business group rolls out strategic plan for Mississippi

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Economic Council wants legislators to expand charter schools, recruit more businesses, improve teacher quality and increase the amount of funding available to entrepreneurs.

 

 

Lawsuit claims hazing on Picayune ball team

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Members of a south Mississippi high school baseball team participated in a hazing ritual that left one teenager hospitalized after being held from behind and punched in the chest, according to a lawsuit filed by the player's parents.

 

 

State emergency response center named for Barbour

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

PEARL -- Mississippi's emergency operations center was named Thursday for departing Gov. Haley Barbour, who said he is sharing the tribute with all those who respond to hurricanes, floods and other disasters in the state.

 

 

Mississippi swears in 7 of 8 statewide officials

Posted 1/6/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Seven of Mississippi's eight statewide elected officials began their four-year terms Thursday, and Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant is preparing to take his oath on Tuesday.

 

 

University of Mississippi Medical Center to lay off 115 employees

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will lay off 115 employees and leave 90 unfilled positions vacant.JACKSON -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will lay off 115 employees and leave 90 unfilled positions vacant.

 

 

Bryant names Barksdale as interim development head

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov.-elect Phil Bryant says he plans to name former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale as the next interim leader of Mississippi's economic development agency.

 

 

BP oil spill payments to resume after fee wrinkle

Posted 1/5/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Payments to those damaged by BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resumed Wednesday, a day after administrators of the $20 billion fund stopped the flow of money, saying they were unclear on how to assess a 6 percent fee for lawyers handling claims.

 

 

'Potter' exhibit open at community college in Jackson County

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- An exhibit that blends science and medicine with the "Harry Potter" books begins a six-week stay at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County Campus library on Jan. 17.

 

 

Mississippi judge tosses $322M asbestos lawsuit verdict

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million lawsuit verdict that had been hailed as the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history.

 

 

Southaven aldermen fail to justify receipts

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- The Southaven Board of Aldermen said the vast majority of the $44,000 worth of receipts that they have been reviewing from Mayor Greg Davis' expenses were not city-related business.

 

 

Barbour farewell focuses on spending, collegiality

Posted 1/4/2012 in State

JACKSON -- As he bade farewell to lawmakers Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged them to be mindful of taxpayers as they set state budgets and be patient with each other and with new state leaders because "you can't do diddly by yourself."

 

 

Lohman reports to federal prison in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed people on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

 

BP says it is entitled to payment from Halliburton

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- BP is reiterating claims first made last April that it is entitled to payment from contractor Halliburton Energy Services for expenses and lost profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well disaster.

 

 

Cold weather prompts shelter openings in Mississippi

Posted 1/3/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A hard freeze warning has been issued for parts south Mississippi and shelters have been opened to keep residents warm and safe.

 

 

Charter school advocates look to change Mississippi law

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican control of Mississippi government could bring a new charter school law, and supporters are working on proposals.

 

 

McCoy ready to enjoy retirement

Posted 12/30/2011 in State

TUPELO -- State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersvlle, says once Billy McCoy, his legislative deskmate for the past 28 years, went weeks without speaking to him because, "I made a bad vote. Everybody is entitled to one mistake."

 

 

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