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2 women sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

Posted 4/10/2015 in State

In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of white-on-black attacks.


Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.


Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize pot

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana has entered the Mississippi push for legalization by offering to pay volunteers to collect petition signatures needed to get the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.



Amazon considers 'Natchez Burning' series for video service

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

Author Greg Iles' book "Natchez Burning" is moving closer to becoming a television series, with Amazon Studios announcing that it's considering production.



Bill would increase sanctions for cheating on state tests

Posted 4/2/2015 in State

A bill that would tighten sanctions for schools that cheat on state tests passed what appeared to be its final hurdles Wednesday in the Mississippi House and Senate, but House members must return Thursday -- after the Senate has already adjourned for the year -- and decide whether to reconsider their vote.



Worker training bill may be dead as end of session nears

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

One of Gov. Phil Bryant's top priorities, a plan to divert $50 million in unemployment taxes into a worker training fund, may have died in the shuffle of the closing days of the 2015 legislative session.



Special-education voucher bill headed to gov.

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

A bill to create school vouchers for a small percentage of special-education students is headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who plans to sign it.



Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

Posted 4/1/2015 in State

Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization.



Former deputy to plead guilty to drug charges

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

A former Leflore County deputy sheriff is scheduled to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges.



Attorney: Indicted former Ole Miss student innocent

Posted 3/31/2015 in State

The attorney for a former University of Mississippi student indicted on federal charges connected to an incident where a noose was put on a statue James Meredith says his client didn't do it.



Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

Posted 3/30/2015 in State

One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it's never before discussed in an open meeting.



Hundreds attend funeral of man found hanged

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

Loss and healing were the focus of eulogies as more than 200 people packed a Baptist church for the memorial service for a black man found hanging behind his home in Mississippi.



Man charged in noose left on statue at Ole Miss

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday.



Ole Miss chancellor and trustees: Job talks continue

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones and trustees said Friday that they're still talking about renewing his contract, but that they haven't yet reached an agreement.



Bill: No license needed to carry gun in purse, briefcase

Posted 3/28/2015 in State

People would not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel under a bill that's getting final legislative debate.



AP: Trustees offer deal to Ole Miss chancellor

Posted 3/27/2015 in State

Mississippi's College Board is preparing to offer a two-year contract extension to the University of Mississippi chancellor whom they had previously refused to retain, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations said Thursday.



Black Caucus: Bryant's College Board picks lack diversity

Posted 3/27/2015 in State

Members of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus and a black education group are criticizing Republican Gov. Phil Bryant for what they see as lack of diversity in his College Board nominations.


Thousands rally in support of ousted Ole Miss chancellor

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

The University of Mississippi finds itself in turmoil after trustees ousted well-liked Chancellor Dan Jones, with more than 2,000 students and faculty rallying to his defense Wednesday on the Oxford campus.


Trial delayed for blogger in Rose Cochran photo case

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

Trial has been delayed until June 8 for a political blogger accused of photographing bedridden Sen. Thad Cochran's wife, without permission, in a nursing home.



Gov. Bryant signs K-12 education budget bill

Posted 3/26/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a $2.5 billion budget for elementary and secondary schools, putting in place one of the biggest pieces of an overall state government spending plan for the coming year.



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