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State casino revenue decline continues in November

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- November has been a bad month for Mississippi casinos in recent years, but last month plumbed new lows.

 

 

NTSB issues report on 2010 Mississippi plane crash

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A plane crash in Mississippi that killed a Georgia businessman and his wife in 2010 was probably caused by the man flying into known bad weather and the air traffic controller's failure to provide required precipitation information, federal authorities said.

 

 

BP: Rig partner liable for own punitive damages

Posted 12/22/2011 in State

BP wants to shield itself from having to compensate Halliburton for punitive damages, fines and penalties the cement contractor may face for its role in the deadly 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Historical marker finds a new home

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

MERIDIAN -- A historic marker that denotes the importance of Meridian as a railroad hub has been moved to the Union Station depot from Interstate 20.

 

 

Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The federal government says Mississippi must turn over $17 million of a $20 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.

 

 

Barbour defends proposed offshore drilling regs

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Allowing oil and gas drilling 10 to 12 miles south of Mississippi's coastline in the Gulf of Mexico is a good idea because it could generate state revenue, Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday. The Mississippi Development Authority on Monday published proposed regulations to lease state waters in the Gulf for the drilling.

 

 

Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.

 

 

Receipts: Southaven mayor a big tipper on city tab

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

 

 

Barbour hits lecture circuit Jan. 11

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press his first event as a professional speaker will be the day after he leaves office.

 

 

USM President: Colleges benefit in economic partnerships

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- One higher education leader says Mississippi's universities could expect dividends from getting more involved in economic development and job training.

 

 

Former Ole Miss chancellor Khayat hospitalized

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

OXFORD -- A University of Mississippi spokesman says retired chancellor Robert Khayat is hospitalized but improving.

 

 

Fed judges release plan for Miss redistricting; Oktibbeha County split between 1st and 3rd Districts

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Federal judges on Monday released a plan to update Mississippi's four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said.

 

 

Biloxi Salvation Army not sure whether grinch took toys or workers misplaced them

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

BILOXI -- At least 20 bags of toys collected as part of the Salvation Army toy drive are missing after a break-in at the school where they were stored, but officials hope they are just misplaced, not stolen.

 

 

DUI trial: Second hung jury in five months

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said he doubts there'll be a third trial for a woman accused of aggravated DUI in a 2009 accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

 

 

Vancleave man charged with DUI after six-vehicle pileup in Biloxi

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

D'IBERVILLE -- A six-vehicle pileup in D'Iberville left one man hospitalized and another man in jail charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence with injuries.

 

 

High court justice to play music at the Capitol

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A bluegrass band led by a Mississippi Supreme Court justice will perform Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda and host a concert that will include Christmas music.

 

 

Analysis: Budget guides set for new Miss. leaders

Posted 12/19/2011 in State

JACKSON -- New legislators will write Mississippi's budget for the year that begins July 1 and, after a certain amount of haggling, a new governor will sign it into law.

 

 

BP settles with maker of failed blowout preventer

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP in a legal settlement, BP said Friday.

 

 

State court rejects appeal in girlfriend burning case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The Mississippi Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a man sentenced to life in prison for dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire.

 

 

South Carolina man pleads guilty in Mississippi cigarette case

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

TUPELO -- A South Carolina man is the latest person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of packs of cigarettes.

 

 

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