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New Mississippi governor says he's 'ready to work'

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The inauguration of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday capped a week of ceremony in Mississippi state government, as leadership changed hands in the House, then the Senate, and finally in the governor's office.

 

 

Study: Mississippi River channel woes huge for economy

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river.

 

 

Wild hogs unwelcome guests at Miss. Civil War site

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

Last year's frightening flooding of the Mississippi River didn't do any direct damage to the site of one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War. It did bring in some undesirable new neighbors.

 

 

Lamar officials get pay boost

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

PURVIS -- Two key Lamar County administrators received significant raises this year, thanks to provisions provide by state statute.

 

 

State drops drug charges against doctor

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

ESCATAWPA -- Prosecutors have dropped all charges against former heart surgeon, who in 2009 was accused of growing marijuana on his 50-acre property in Jackson County.

 

 

Union County rejects liquor sale

Posted 1/11/2012 in State

NEW ALBANY -- For the second time in three years, Union County residents have rejected the sale of hard liquor and wine in the county.

 

 

New NOAA study mirrors spill rate from BP well

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.

 

 

Bryant's road to the mansion started with a defeat

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Phil Bryant has won seven straight elections, beginning with a race for state House in 1991. But he lost his first run for public office, a bid to become a Rankin County supervisor in 1988.

 

 

Bryant appoints several state agency directors

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Phil Bryant's administration is going to look at least a little like outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour's administration.

 

 

Defense wants delay in cancer clinic fraud case

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Defense lawyers want a federal judge to give them more time to prepare for trial in the case of a cancer clinic accused of using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs.

 

 

Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Barbour pardons four killers

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked as inmate trusties at the Governor's Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago.

 

 

City-owned utility out $350K after under billing

Posted 1/10/2012 in State

GREENWOOD -- Greenwood Utilities has taken a $350,000 hit after under-billing a local furniture factory for 15 years before the mistake was caught.

 

 

Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game -- BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered.

 

 

Second Georgia man dies from RV wreck on way to BCS game

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities say a second man has died from injuries sustained in the crash in southern Mississippi of a motorhome carrying people from Georgia to New Orleans to attend the national college football championship game.

 

 

Civil War museums changing as view on war changes

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.

 

 

Gov. Barbour pardons convicted murderer

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A convicted murderer released from prison over the weekend on a pardon by Gov. Haley Barbour was denied parole less than two weeks ago.

 

 

Fundraising begins to construct Evers statue

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

LORMAN -- The 50th anniversary of the June 12, 1963, assassination of Medgar Evers won't be commemorated until next year, but Alcorn State University has begun its campaign to raise funds to build a statue honoring Evers, who graduated there in 1952.

 

 

Mississippi high court to hear church dispute

Posted 1/9/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the move of a church in Oxford.

 

 

AP Interview: Hyde-Smith will focus on jobs

Posted 1/8/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Cindy Hyde-Smith wants to emphasize the "commerce" part of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

 

 

Parole denied for man in killing of trooper

Posted 1/7/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Parole Board has refused early release for a man convicted of felony fleeing in the death of a Mississippi state trooper.

 

 

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