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.
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.
JACKSON -- Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010.
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.
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.
PASCAGOULA -- Two teenagers have been arrested, accused of setting fires at Pascagoula's recreation complex.
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.
HATTIESBURG -- A federal judge has sentenced four people who authorities say were involved in a south Mississippi methamphetamine distribution ring.
JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has ended a decades-long practice of state prison trusties working at the Governor's Mansion.
JACKSON -- A study of a special retirement savings plan for Mississippi public university employees recommends changing how the state's contribution levels are set.
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.
JACKSON -- Mississippi's economy is slowly recovering but remains "feeble," an expert told lawmakers Thursday.
JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has canceled his Saturday inaugural parade, after already postponing from Jan. 10, when he was sworn in.
JACKSON -- Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn named leaders for the House's 41 committees Friday, allowing the chamber to move ahead with business.
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.
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.
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.
JACKSON -- Beginning in February, Mississippi inmates caught with cellphones will lose all privileges.
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 -- 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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