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Drug tests: 2 of 38 welfare applicants positive

Posted 12/6/2014 in State

During the first four months of Mississippi's new welfare drug testing law, 3,656 people have applied for welfare, 38 of them have been tested for drugs and two tested positive.



Miss. appeal on gay-marriage set for Jan. 9

Posted 12/6/2014 in State

Three federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month about Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage.



VP Biden's son adopts Mississippi shelter pup

Posted 12/6/2014 in State

A dog abandoned in Mississippi has a new home with the vice president's son -- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.



No gay marriage in Miss. during appeals process

Posted 12/5/2014 in State

Same-sex marriages won't be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban, a federal appeals court said Thursday.



Sad day for Rienzi: Fire destroys historic block

Posted 12/5/2014 in State

More than 100 years of Rienzi history and an entire downtown block went up in flames Wednesday morning in the edge of southern Alcorn County.



More parties join Mississippi Silicon lawsuit

Posted 12/3/2014 in State

The legal fight over a silicon metal plant being built in northeast Mississippi is expanding.



Bryant: Superintendent not in charge of education

Posted 12/3/2014 in State

Mississippi should change its academic goals even if the public schools superintendent wants to stick with the Common Core standards that have been put in place over the past several years, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday.



Offseason offers no rest for Walls beekeeper

Posted 12/3/2014 in State

It's offseason for Jimmy Deaton, but that doesn't mean he's not abuzz with activity.


Reeves wants Miss. to shelve Common Core

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

The lieutenant governor wants Mississippi to stop using the Common Core State Standards to guide its public school curriculum and instead create its own higher standards.


Hosemann: Check on charities before donating

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

About one-quarter of charities registered in Mississippi are spending more than the recommended amount of money on fundraising and management.



Business meeting meals cost state $1.3 million

Posted 12/2/2014 in State

State agencies spent more than $1.3 million for meals during business meetings during the last fiscal year, a Mississippi public interest group reports.



School budget prop could get alternative

Posted 12/1/2014 in State

Next November, voters will decide whether to amend the Mississippi Constitution to require the state to pay for "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools."



Mississippi Capitol in midst of $8.3M restoration

Posted 11/29/2014 in State

The Mississippi Capitol is undergoing an $8.3 million restoration designed to help keep it in good working condition for generations to come.


Rebs prove spoiler to Dogs' storybook season

Posted 11/29/2014 in State

This is why the Bulldogs can't have nice things.


FBI investigating threat made against Ole Miss Grove

Posted 11/28/2014 in State

The FBI is looking into an anonymous threat made against trees and shrubs in the Grove at the University of Mississippi.



Bryant seeks to pay for community college for some

Posted 11/22/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing a $3 million plan to pay for community college for students who earn a technical diploma in high school.



Mississippi GOP against Obama's immigration order

Posted 11/22/2014 in State

Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority.



Charges filed against accused puppy mill owners

Posted 11/22/2014 in State

Charges have been filed against the owners of what authorities are describing as two large-scale Alcorn County puppy mills.



Date set in Mississippi same-sex divorce case

Posted 11/22/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 21 from a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce.



Prison contracts task force is reviewing documents

Posted 11/22/2014 in State

Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said Friday that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections.



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