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Bill will open more of Gulf to energy exploration

Posted 5/15/2015 in State

Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are supporting legislation to expand energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.



Zinn, Kelly turn attention to election runoff

Posted 5/14/2015 in State

Democrat Walter Zinn got the most votes in a congressional special election in north Mississippi this week, and he and Republican Trent Kelly advanced to a June 2 runoff.



Another arrest made in shooting of 2 Hattiesburg officers

Posted 5/14/2015 in State

A fifth person was arrested Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend.



Family accused of growing pot in Kiln

Posted 5/14/2015 in State

Hancock County narcotics agents said they've seized 22 marijuana plants growing outside a home in Kiln, and arrested a man, woman and their son.



2 more sought for questioning in police shooting

Posted 5/13/2015 in State

Authorities said late Tuesday that they want to question two more people in connection with the fatal shooting of two Mississippi police officers last weekend.



Dem Slater criticizes Gov. Bryant on Medicaid, education

Posted 5/13/2015 in State

Vicki Slater, one of the Democrats running for Mississippi governor, said Tuesday that she wants to do two things Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has not done: fully fund a state education budget formula and expand Medicaid as allowed by a federal health law.


1 Dem, 1 Republican headed to US House runoff in Mississippi

Posted 5/13/2015 in State

Democrat Walter Zinn and Republican Trent Kelly will spend the next three weeks competing for support in a north Mississippi congressional race after emerging from a field of 13 candidates in a special election.

Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem

Posted 5/12/2015 in State

Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head.


Subway employee fired for posts celebrating police deaths

Posted 5/12/2015 in State

A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg.


Hattiesburg mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

Posted 5/11/2015 in State

With lowered flags and prayers, Hattiesburg is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance today.


Mississippi man cleared of poison-letters charges sues feds

Posted 5/8/2015 in State

An Elvis impersonator and singer in Mississippi is suing the federal government for wrongful arrest after he was charged and later cleared of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama.



Bryant asks court to reject rewording of initiative ballot

Posted 5/7/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in a Wednesday filing with the state Supreme Court, said no court should have the power to reword how the Legislature phrased its version of an education funding ballot initiative.


Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.


Mississippi gets $2.4 million to improve reading teachers

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

Mississippi will get $2.4 million to subsidize summer programs for struggling readers and improve teachers' reading instruction methods.



Greenville police officer charged in slaying of her husband

Posted 5/6/2015 in State

A Greenville police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of her husband.



New Jersey's Gov. Christie heading to Miss.

Posted 5/5/2015 in State

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading south for a handful of events on behalf of his political action committee.



Superintendent to launch own review of Common Core

Posted 5/5/2015 in State

Mississippi education officials will conduct their own voluntary review of the Common Core academic standards, even after Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed a bill that would have created an outside panel to examine the standards.



State community college fight attracts little attention

Posted 5/4/2015 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's Community College Board should be thankful that the state's College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones.


Eagle on Miss. Capitol undergoes restoration

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The eagle atop the Mississippi Capitol has a new golden glow.

Sheriffs question inmate shift from county programs to state

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

Mississippi sheriffs say they are dismayed and puzzled by Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher's decision to abolish a program that sends inmates to 30 county jails.


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