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Bryant to give State of the State speech next week

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he'll offer specific policy proposals when he gives his first State of the State address next week.

 

 

Corinth seeks city-only liquor election

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

CORINTH -- The city of Corinth will ask the Legislature to approve a city-only vote on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

 

 

Work halted on Waveland Police Department

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

WAVELAND -- Construction has been stopped on the Waveland's new police station. Mayor David Garcia tells the Sea Coast Echo that the work stoppage is only temporary.

 

 

Jackson businessman Stuart M. Irby found dead

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life Tuesday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

Officials have meeting on Gulf restoration plans

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- Federal and state officials have presented plans to hold BP to its promise to make the Gulf whole in the wake of the 2010 oil-spill disaster.

 

 

Civil rights office to be area center in Meridian

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

MERIDIAN -- A civil rights office started by an activist who was later slain and his wife is being turned into a center to reach out to students in Meridian, just as it did decades ago.

 

 

Gun found after 36 years; owner now missing

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

TUPELO -- A gun stolen from Tupelo in 1975 has turned up in a Gautier pawn shop after spending nearly four decades on the national missing items list.

 

 

Lawmakers propose limits on pardons by govs

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some Mississippi lawmakers want to limit the governor's pardon powers, a discussion prompted by Republican Haley Barbour's actions as he left office last Tuesday.

 

 

Authorities: One dead in small plane crash in Mississippi

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say a Meridian, Miss., businessman died when a small twin-engine plane crashed in east-central Mississippi.

 

 

Madison County school board goes paperless with computers

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Madison County School District has gone paperless, using computers to keep up with work rather than relying on a notebook filled with key information.

 

 

Barbour 'very comfortable' with pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

RIDGELAND -- Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his final-days decisions to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers -- decisions that outraged victims' families and dismayed even some of his most devoted supporters. Coming Sunday: Lowndes County woman speaks out about Barbour's pardon of man convicted of killing her grandson

 

 

South Pike schools chief leaving in June

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

MAGNOLIA -- South Pike School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Gunnell says he will leave when his contract expires in June. Gunnell tells the Enterprise-Journal that he wants to explore other opportunities.

 

 

Campaign staffer hired as House Speaker assistant

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi House of Representatives will pay $110,000 a year to Nathan Wells, a former campaign worker and state Republican Party employee, to act as an assistant to new House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton.

 

 

State schools get C- from Education Week report

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance.

 

 

Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

 

Lawyer: Sisters will push new governor for pardon

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

JACKSON-- Two sisters released from a Mississippi prison last year on condition that one donate a kidney to the other were saddened and disappointed they weren't among dozens receiving full pardons from the governor, one of the women said Thursday.

 

 

Schools scramble to avoid takeover

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

STARKVILLE -- Two Oktibbeha County schools could lose their public school status if state test scores aren't improved. One of the two could be taken over by the state as soon as September.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

 

Misuse of fuel card, state vehicle alleged

Posted 1/12/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The deputy administrator of the Mississippi Homeland Security office is on administrative leave without pay following his arrest for alleged misuse of a state vehicle and Fuelman card.

 

 

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