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Report backs changes to college employee plan

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A study of a special retirement savings plan for Mississippi public university employees recommends changing how the state's contribution levels are set.

 

 

Judge dismisses challenge to uniform policy

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

TUPELO -- A federal judge has upheld a uniform policy in Lee County that requires detention center officers to wear pants furnished by the sheriff's department.

 

 

Mississippi economy 'feeble' but slowly recovering

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's economy is slowly recovering but remains "feeble," an expert told lawmakers Thursday.

 

 

Poor weather forecast cancels inaugural parade

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has canceled his Saturday inaugural parade, after already postponing from Jan. 10, when he was sworn in.

 

 

GOP speaker names Mississippi House committee chairs

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn named leaders for the House's 41 committees Friday, allowing the chamber to move ahead with business.

 

 

Mississippi man arrested during TV interview

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

CANTON -- A Mississippi man accused of pointing a rifle at a neighbor was arrested during a television interview that began when he walked up to a TV crew photographing his house, which deputies previously had surrounded and searched.

 

 

Rescued Louisiana bear shot to death in Mississippi

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana black bear was so scrawny when it was captured rooting through garbage about about a year ago, officials sent it to a rescue center to get healthy. There, it filled out its frame to 104 pounds and taught an orphaned cub how to forage and fear people.

 

 

Mississippi hospitals won't try to kill tax for Medicaid

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won't fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid.

 

 

Cellphone crackdown in Mississippi prisons

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Beginning in February, Mississippi inmates caught with cellphones will lose all privileges.

 

 

Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi's effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.

 

 

Ocean Springs talks noise with businesses

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

OCEAN SPRINGS -- City leaders in Ocean Springs say establishing a noise ordinance to shield downtown neighborhoods from bustling late-night businesses will require negotiation.

 

 

USDA: $5.4M for Miss. in disaster funds

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi is set to get $5.4 million in disaster aid from the Department of Agriculture.

 

 

Appeals court hears case over Mississippi girl's rape

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A south Mississippi school district is asking a federal appeal court to throw out a lawsuit claiming a 9-year-old student was repeatedly raped by a man who checked her out of school six times without authorization.

 

 

Hard Rock explores expansion options

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

BILOXI -- Hard Rock Casino Biloxi is considering building a 12-story hotel tower that would add 154 hotel rooms.

 

 

BancorpSouth profits drop, company to sell stock

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit dropped even as it cut loan losses. The regional bank, with $13 billion in assets, posted a profit of $13.3 million, or 16 cents per share, in the last three months of 2011. That's down 16 percent from $15.8 million, or 19 cents per share, in 2010's fourth quarter.

 

 

Renasant Corp.'s fourth quarter profit rises

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- Renasant Corp. says fourth-quarter profit rose on the strength of its expansion.

 

 

Southaven stops paying stipend to mayor

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- A $145,000 annual salary already makes Southaven Mayor Greg Davis one of the highest-paid public officials in Mississippi. But the city also has been paying the mayor a little-known $35,000-a-year stipend for supervising water and sewer operations.

 

 

State plans teacher evaluation system

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

TUPELO -- The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year.

 

 

Police hiring lawsuit settled

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

ABERDEEN -- A settlement has been announced between the city of Tupelo and former police recruit Latana Williams.

 

 

Columbia student hit by car after exiting bus

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- A 13-year-old Columbia student was hit by a car while trying to cross a street after getting off a school bus.

 

 

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