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McDaniel demands election records

Posted 8/28/2014 in State

Attorneys for Chris McDaniel have issued subpoenas demanding election records from more than half of Mississippi's counties for a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.



Ballot set with Cochran as Senate nominee

Posted 8/27/2014 in State

Mississippi elections commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a November ballot that lists Republican Thad Cochran, Democrat Travis Childers and the Reform Party's Shawn O'Hara as nominees for U.S. Senate.



Miss. test scores dip in transition to Common Core

Posted 8/26/2014 in State

Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards.



Miss. House speaker plans listening tour

Posted 8/26/2014 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state in late September to gather ideas for the 2015 legislative session, and he said he'd like to hear possible ways to improve education, health care and job creation.



Book takes fresh look at Mississippi history

Posted 8/25/2014 in State

The book is called "A New History of Mississippi," and a new approach is what Dennis Mitchell wanted when he wrote it.



Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's attorneys say a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary victory should be dismissed because it was filed too late.



Adams Co. sheriffs get pepper guns

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

The Adams County Sheriff's Department has a new weapon in its arsenal: pepper spray guns. Sheriff Chuck Mayfield tells The Natchez Democrat six deputies have been trained as instructors on the JPX Jet Protector pepper spray guns.



Wrongful-death case before high court

Posted 8/23/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Sept. 29 whether to hear an appeal from operators of a northwest Mississippi shooting range in a case involving the death of a Navy SEAL during a training exercise.



KiOR misses payment with Adams Co.

Posted 8/22/2014 in State

Financially struggling fuel maker KiOR missed a key payment to Adams County this week that would have allowed the company to continue holding onto its undeveloped proposed industrial site in Natchez.



Lawmakers likely to borrow less for universities

Posted 8/22/2014 in State

Mississippi's public universities are likely to have less money to spend on capital projects in the state's 2016 budget year, under projections the universities agreed to with lawmakers in 2013.



State confirms two cases of TB

Posted 8/22/2014 in State

State health regulators confirm they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis affecting two casinos in Tunica County.



Sept. trial likely for election challenge

Posted 8/21/2014 in State

A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election.



No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent's benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services.



Teen births down in Miss., other states

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said for years that one of his top goals is reducing Mississippi's teenage pregnancy rate, long one of the highest in the nation. Now, he says his administration deserves credit for chipping away at the problem.



Plane crash survivor arrested on drug charges

Posted 8/19/2014 in State

What began as a plane crash has turned into a drug investigation after Stone County officials found thousands in cash and numerous bottles of prescription pills in the wreckage.



Miss. physicians want smoking ban put to voters

Posted 8/18/2014 in State

Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters.



Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

Posted 8/16/2014 in State

A retired chancery judge who is now a Methodist minister will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.



Lawsuit challenges loss to Sen. Cochran in Miss.

Posted 8/15/2014 in State

A tea party-backed candidate asked a Mississippi court on Thursday to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election.



Big sinkhole develops on U.S. 61 in Natchez

Posted 8/15/2014 in State

State highway workers have blocked off a big sinkhole that developed this week on U.S. 61 near Natchez Regional Medical Center.



McDaniel challenge expected to be filed today

Posted 8/14/2014 in State

A campaign spokesman said tea party-backed Chris McDaniel will file a lawsuit today to challenge his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.



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