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Miss. police chief says kidnap-slaying suspect has been killed; 2 girls are OK

Posted 5/10/2012 in State

Mississippi authorities say a fugitive accused of a double-slaying and kidnapping has been killed but the two girls he fled with are safe.

 

College tuition costs to rise in Mississippi

Posted 5/8/2012 in State

Students and their parents will be digging a bit deeper in their wallets next semester, following a statewide tuition hike approved Monday by the Institutes of Higher Learning College Board.

 

 

A look at some items passed by Miss. legislature

Posted 5/4/2012 in State

A look at some of the major items that passed and failed during the 2012 Mississippi legislative session.

 

Miss. legislators OK limits on attorney general

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood's ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi Senate adopts redistricting plan

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A majority of Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to approve the chamber's redistricting plan, despite complaints from a few colleagues who think they're treated unfairly because their districts are dramatically changed.

 

Failed charter school bill highlights state education needs

Posted 5/2/2012 in State

Charter school legislation is dead, with little chance for resuscitation before the end of the session Sunday, but most supporters and opponents agree it's only a matter of time before charter schools become a reality in districts across the state.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers approve most parts of $5.6B budget

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday approved most parts of a $5.6 billion budget with only a few arguments about the level of education funding and whether to set aside money for an anticipated legal fight over voter ID.

 

 

Repairs and construction bond dies

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides Sunday to finish the budget process.

 

 

Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi government employees are starting this work week with a holiday honoring the old South.

 

 

Colleges schedule spring graduations

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University.

 

Deal reached in Deuce McAllister/Nissan lawsuit

Posted 4/28/2012 in State

A federal judge approved a deal Friday in which a $1.5 million judgment against former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister will be settled in accordance with a confidential agreement with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

State redistricting map passes House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

The House on Thursday passed a state redistricting plan on a 70-49 vote. The plan was submitted by Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Apportionment and Elections Committee Chair. Commonly known as the "Denny Map," the plan will increase majority minority districts in the state from 43 to 44. The vote was seen as a victory for state Republicans, who hold a House majority.

 

Voter ID bill gets final approval in Miss. House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections.

 

Bryant says left's mission is to abort children

Posted 4/26/2012 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor had some new harsh words for proponents of legalized abortion this week, saying, "their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb."

Aberdeen conservator: Takeover could last two to three years

Posted 4/25/2012 in State

Shortly before Christmas, the ailing Aberdeen School District sent a distress signal to the Mississippi Department of Education by way of a phone call and a plea for help.

 

Florida group to end Mississippi prison contracts

Posted 4/25/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says GEO Group Inc., one of the country's largest private prison operators, will no longer manage three facilities in Mississippi.

 

 

BancorpSouth's profits jump in first quarter

Posted 4/24/2012 in State

Bancorp South is set aside less for future loan losses and made more in fees from mortgage borrowers, increasing profit in the first quarter.

 

 

Miss. House seeks changes to charter-school bill

Posted 4/24/2012 in State

Mississippi House leaders are seeking changes in a proposed charter school bill, but Senate leaders appear unlikely to agree to measures that might win over House opponents.

 

 

Miss. jobless rate drops as labor force shrinks

Posted 4/23/2012 in State

Job growth is still anemic in Mississippi, but people are leaving the labor force in droves, rapidly pushing down the state's unemployment rate.

 

 

State 'Move Over Law' expanded to include utility crews

Posted 4/23/2012 in State

Mississippi's existing "Move Over Law" now protects utility crews working alongside busy highways and local roads.

 

 

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