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MDEQ nixes groundwater amendments

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has decided against enforcing proposed amendments to state ground water regulations.

 

 

Governor's Mansion getting $425K of upkeep

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The 170-year-old Mississippi Governor's Mansion is undergoing $425,000 in renovations before the new occupants can move in.

 

 

Hood: Pardoned killer found in Wyoming

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A convicted killer pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in Wyoming with his fiancee and initially drove off when he was located Sunday by investigators seeking to serve him with a court summons, authorities said Monday.

 

 

Father of kids killed in fire is out of hospital

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

NESHOBA -- Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says a Neshoba man and his 4-year-old grandson remain hospitalized after a fire that killed three younger grandchildren, but the dead children's father is out of the hospital.

 

 

Davis says he won't resign as Southaven mayor

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN-- Fourth-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said Monday he plans to remain on the job amid continuing state and federal scrutiny of his spending of city money.

 

 

Gulfport debates fate of 33rd Avenue school

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

GULFPORT -- The $23 million question is whether or not a former high school for African Americans is a historic building.

 

 

Most Mississippi residents with HIV skip treatment

Posted 1/31/2012 in State

JACKSON -- More than two-thirds of the Mississippi residents who test positive for the AIDS virus don't get medical treatment, state health officials say.

 

 

Miss. regulators pushed to drop statewide burn ban

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Although almost no one seems to know it, it's illegal for everyday citizens to burn common waste in Mississippi.

 

 

New Orleans celebrates anniversary of steamboat

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Two hundred years ago, the first steamboat meandered down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, taking more than four months to reach New Orleans. The journey was marked by Indians chasing the paddle-wheeled boat, a baby's birth and an earthquake that made the Mississippi flow in the opposite direction for 45 miles.

 

 

Bryant salutes work of racial reconciliation group

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant said he plans to continue activity with a Christian group promoting racial reconciliation.

 

 

Brandon teenager in 'Idol' top 40

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

Brandon -- A 17-year-old Brandon girl is one of the Top 40 candidates on Fox's American Idol. Skylar Laine Harden was one of the top 40 contestants who advanced to the singing competition's Hollywood round, placing her one step closer to making her debut on a stage that has launched the careers of stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

 

 

BP emails reveal company knew rig could blow

Posted 1/28/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials warned in an internal email conversation that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the U.S. government ultimately estimated spilled daily from the site.

 

 

Sara Lee to close plant in Shannon

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

SHANNON -- Sara Lee says it will close a plant in Shannon, Miss., by the end of March putting 155 people out of work.

 

 

Judge dismisses stun gun case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former Waveland police officer and the city in a ruling that found the use of stun gun against a naked man was reasonable under the circumstances.

 

 

Man charged in priest's death found dead in jail

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A man accused of killing a Roman Catholic priest and taking the victim's car on a family vacation to Walt Disney World was found dead early Thursday in a prison cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck.

 

 

Jackson fire chief: No social media pix in uniform

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Jackson Fire Chief Raymond McNulty has told firefighters not to post any comments that could hurt the department on their social network sites -- or post photos of themselves in uniform or with city equipment.

 

 

Former teacher sentenced in sexual battery case

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

NEW ALBANY -- A former Ripley High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Union County to one count of sexual battery on a minor, in connection with an improper relationship with a former student.

 

 

AG's office offers money to find pardoned trusty

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that his office is willing to pay confidential informants for information that helps him track down a convicted killer pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

State lawmakers working to expand charter schools

Posted 1/27/2012 in State

JACKSON -- With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out what a new law should cover.

 

 

Tigers, other animals taken from Mississippi zoo

Posted 1/26/2012 in State

COLLINS -- Authorities have seized three tigers, three cougars, two leopards, two wolf-hybrids and a Macaque monkey from a roadside zoo in Mississippi.

 

 

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