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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.

 

 

Bryant wants to be 'big idea governor' in Mississippi

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant on Thursday asked businesspeople, lobbyists, legislators and state agency leaders to help him shape an agenda for Mississippi's 2012 legislative session.

 

 

Bayer: Threshold met for $750 million rice deal

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rice growers met a threshold to move forward with a $750 million settlement over genetically modified rice, the company blamed for the problem said Thursday.

 

 

Dead and dying horses found in Yazoo pasture

Posted 12/16/2011 in State

The Yazoo County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of several dead and malnourished horses near Bentonia.

 

 

Eight projects to lead oil spill restoration efforts

Posted 12/15/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Citing "widespread and extensive" damage from the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a group of state and federal environmental officials said Wednesday it's important to begin restoration and listed eight proposed projects to kick off the effort.

 

 

Engineering experts hit safety culture in BP spill

Posted 12/15/2011 in State

WASHINGTON -- BP and the oil industry drilling in the Gulf of Mexico lacked the proper safety attitude to handle the large risks of deep-water drilling, leading to the many bad decisions behind the nation's worst offshore spill, a panel of expert engineers said Wednesday.

 

 

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