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Former state lawmaker Ezell Lee dies at 74

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died Monday after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012.

 

Prison riot leaves guard dead, eight injured

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during a riot at a Mississippi prison that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

 

Miss. jobless rate falls as labor force dips

Posted 5/19/2012 in State

Mississippi's jobless rate continued to fall in April, again because fewer people were looking for jobs.

 

Man arrested in Miss. highway shootings

Posted 5/18/2012 in State

Police have arrested a suspect in two fatal highway shootings in Mississippi that prompted warnings a fake officer might be pulling over victims.

 

2 Miss. road shootings raise worry about fake police officer

Posted 5/15/2012 in State

Two shooting victims along Mississippi highways may have been killed by someone who posed as law enforcement and pulled them over late at night, authorities said Monday.

 

Rescued girl tells sister: 'Now we can go home'

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Days of grueling searches for two young girls and the kidnapper who killed their mother and sister led to the kind of terrain that favors the hunted -- high hardwoods and deep ravines near a red-brick church perched on a hill.

 

NC gov wrong to speak ill of Miss., Bryant says

Posted 5/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday it was "petty" for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to insult Mississippi while bemoaning that voters in her state approved a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage.

 

 

March sales tax collections up throughout Golden Triangle

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

Consumer confidence may be on an upswing in the Golden Triangle as March sales tax figures show a steady increase from February and from 2011 numbers.

 

 

Some improvement in low Miss. science scores

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

A national sampling of eighth-graders' performance in science showed Mississippi with a small improvement from 2009 to 2011 but still below the national average.

 

 

NAACP asks feds to block Mississippi voter ID law

Posted 5/11/2012 in State

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block what will likely become the state's new voter ID law, contending it will violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by diminishing the voting strength of minorities.

 

Miss. police chief says kidnap-slaying suspect has been killed; 2 girls are OK

Posted 5/10/2012 in State

Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

 

College tuition costs to rise in Mississippi

Posted 5/8/2012 in State

Students and their parents will be digging a bit deeper in their wallets next semester, following a statewide tuition hike approved Monday by the Institutes of Higher Learning College Board.

 

 

A look at some items passed by Miss. legislature

Posted 5/4/2012 in State

A look at some of the major items that passed and failed during the 2012 Mississippi legislative session.

 

Miss. legislators OK limits on attorney general

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood's ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi Senate adopts redistricting plan

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A majority of Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to approve the chamber's redistricting plan, despite complaints from a few colleagues who think they're treated unfairly because their districts are dramatically changed.

 

Failed charter school bill highlights state education needs

Posted 5/2/2012 in State

Charter school legislation is dead, with little chance for resuscitation before the end of the session Sunday, but most supporters and opponents agree it's only a matter of time before charter schools become a reality in districts across the state.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers approve most parts of $5.6B budget

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday approved most parts of a $5.6 billion budget with only a few arguments about the level of education funding and whether to set aside money for an anticipated legal fight over voter ID.

 

 

Repairs and construction bond dies

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides Sunday to finish the budget process.

 

 

Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi government employees are starting this work week with a holiday honoring the old South.

 

 

Colleges schedule spring graduations

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University.

 

 

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