Heavy clouds blanket the skies in Hattiesburg today following a Sunday night tornado, but a steady rain has not dampened cleanup efforts on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, which took a direct hit. Residents have already started the long process of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.
Hundreds of bills don't survive a session of the Mississippi Legislature. Some are filed by multiple lawmakers when only one bill is needed. Some Senate bills are duplicates of House bills and vice versa. Some are silly. Some need more study. Some make no sense. Others originated in coffee shop discussions as something the Legislature should do -- but really shouldn't.
After blocking Mississippi's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they're encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership -- an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments.
Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday.
The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.
Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services could hire private companies to handle child support collections under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.
House members want to move the Department of Revenue to a new home in Speaker Philip Gunn's district.
Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program.
The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.
Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.
Mississippi lawmakers may let two teachers or other employees per public school carry concealed weapons.
Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won't revive its efforts to nullify federal laws -- at least not this year.
State lawmakers are advancing a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.
Speaker Philip Gunn has emerged as a stronger figure in his second year at the helm of Mississippi House.
Mississippi's in the middle of a deadly tornado zone, and Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week Severe Weather Preparedness Week statewide. The zone stretches roughly from Little Rock, Ark., to Birmingham, Ala.
Mississippi Gulf Coast hotels chartered buses to bring guests to New Orleans for the Super Bowl and back. Mississippi's coastal casinos were hoping for good business.
The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to vessel traffic in both directions after finishing the cleanup of thousands of gallons of oil from a leaking barge.
More than 50 years ago, the University of Southern Mississippi rejected a chance to admit a black man and end segregation in the state's higher education system. Today, the school is likely to become the first of Mississippi's historically white public universities to be led by a black man.
From tales of a former governor procuring male prostitutes to a U.S. senator speaking off the cuff at a birthday party about admiring a segregationalist presidential candidate, Mississippi politics have had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the national media.
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