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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.



No files on pardoned Mississippi killers

Posted 1/26/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Pardon files are missing or don't exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion and were pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days in office.



Auditor probe delays funds for Southaven projects

Posted 1/26/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- The Mississippi Department of Transportation has frozen funding for new projects in Southaven because of an auditor's investigation into Mayor Greg Davis' spending.



Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.



Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.



Federal judge, W. Allen Pepper Jr. dies

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.



Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:



Bryant unveils policy details in State of State

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."



December state jobless rate dips to 10.4 percent

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.



MDAH awards preservation, landmark grants, appoints Carpenter to board

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Church of the Annunciation in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants.



Proposals could limit governor's pardon power

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers might ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's power to pardon convicted criminals, the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee said Monday.



Judge delays decision on pardoned inmates

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge on Monday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor.



Bryant speech to give policy direction for Mississippi

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll reveal detailed policy proposals during his first State of the State address.



Annunciation church awarded preservation grant

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.



Movie set to film in Oxford

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.



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