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Budget cuts recommended for health care programs

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million.

 

 

2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.

 

 

Mississippi casinos win more in December

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010.

 

 

Celebrity rooster back home in Ocean Springs

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

Carl the rooster is back in Ocean Springs. Carl is one of a small band of roaming roosters who have become a quirky novelty of downtown Ocean Springs.

 

 

Police to meet with subject in BCS video

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- An Alabama sheriff says a relative is on his way to New Orleans to meet with police in connection with a video taken after the BCS football championship game that appears to show an unconscious LSU fan being abused by someone in Alabama attire.

 

 

Two Pascagoula teens arrested, accused of vandalism

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

PASCAGOULA -- Two teenagers have been arrested, accused of setting fires at Pascagoula's recreation complex.

 

 

DA seeks home of doctor nabbed in drug case

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

VICKSBURG-- The Vicksburg home of a Tallulah, La., doctor who was arrested on 300 counts of prescription fraud is the target of a forfeiture civil suit brought by Warren County District Attorney Ricky Smith.

 

 

Four sentenced in drug case

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A federal judge has sentenced four people who authorities say were involved in a south Mississippi methamphetamine distribution ring.

 

 

Governor's Mansion trusties booted in Mississippi

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has ended a decades-long practice of state prison trusties working at the Governor's Mansion.

 

 

Report backs changes to college employee plan

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A study of a special retirement savings plan for Mississippi public university employees recommends changing how the state's contribution levels are set.

 

 

Judge dismisses challenge to uniform policy

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

TUPELO -- A federal judge has upheld a uniform policy in Lee County that requires detention center officers to wear pants furnished by the sheriff's department.

 

 

Mississippi economy 'feeble' but slowly recovering

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's economy is slowly recovering but remains "feeble," an expert told lawmakers Thursday.

 

 

Poor weather forecast cancels inaugural parade

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has canceled his Saturday inaugural parade, after already postponing from Jan. 10, when he was sworn in.

 

 

GOP speaker names Mississippi House committee chairs

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn named leaders for the House's 41 committees Friday, allowing the chamber to move ahead with business.

 

 

Mississippi man arrested during TV interview

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

CANTON -- A Mississippi man accused of pointing a rifle at a neighbor was arrested during a television interview that began when he walked up to a TV crew photographing his house, which deputies previously had surrounded and searched.

 

 

Rescued Louisiana bear shot to death in Mississippi

Posted 1/20/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana black bear was so scrawny when it was captured rooting through garbage about about a year ago, officials sent it to a rescue center to get healthy. There, it filled out its frame to 104 pounds and taught an orphaned cub how to forage and fear people.

 

 

Mississippi hospitals won't try to kill tax for Medicaid

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won't fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid.

 

 

Cellphone crackdown in Mississippi prisons

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Beginning in February, Mississippi inmates caught with cellphones will lose all privileges.

 

 

Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi's effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.

 

 

Ocean Springs talks noise with businesses

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

OCEAN SPRINGS -- City leaders in Ocean Springs say establishing a noise ordinance to shield downtown neighborhoods from bustling late-night businesses will require negotiation.

 

 

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