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Cochran back at work, faces questions on health

Posted yesterday in State

Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is back at work in Washington after a health setback and facing questions about whether he's up for the rigors of his job.



At Mississippi school: Goodbye, Confederacy. Hello, Obama

Posted 10/19/2017 in State

A Mississippi school is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States.



'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

Posted 10/17/2017 in State

The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict. What followed was confusion.


Burning death trial on 2nd day of jury deliberations

Posted 10/16/2017 in State

A second day of jury deliberation starts today in the trial of a Mississippi man charged in the burning death of a woman.


Analysis: Wicker praises Trump as '18 Senate race approaches

Posted 10/16/2017 in State

Facing a potential Republican primary battle in 2018, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is stepping up his praise of President Donald Trump, who won the state with 58 percent of the vote last November.



Investigator: Man charged with burning woman changed story

Posted 10/14/2017 in State

A man charged with fatally burning a 19-year-old Mississippi woman acknowledged that he was with her on the evening she was set on fire after repeatedly denying it during interrogations, an investigator said Friday.



Trial set for Miss. man indicted in killing of 2 nuns

Posted 10/14/2017 in State

A Feb. 12 trial has been set for a Mississippi man in the 2016 killing of two nuns who worked as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest parts of the U.S.



Miss. senator returning to Capitol Hill after illness

Posted 10/14/2017 in State

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi is soon returning to work in Washington after recovering from an illness.



Agent: Man charged with setting woman on fire offered alibi

Posted 10/13/2017 in State

A man charged with burning to death a Mississippi woman told an FBI agent he was miles away buying a debit card when she was set on fire.



Black parents sue over white teacher's hanging remark

Posted 10/13/2017 in State

Parents of a former student sued a central Mississippi school district Thursday, alleging a white substitute teacher made a racially biased comment about their black son being hanged.



Jury in trial of burned woman to visit key locations in case

Posted 10/12/2017 in State

A jury in the trial of a man charged with setting a 19-year-old Mississippi woman on fire and leaving her to die along a rural back road is scheduled to visit the crime scene in the case.



Trial begins to shed light on woman's gruesome burning death

Posted 10/11/2017 in State

The night a 19-year-old Mississippi woman was burned to death, she and her killer had sex in her car and he thought he had suffocated her before he torched her vehicle with her inside, a prosecutor said Tuesday in an opening statement, presenting his theory of what led to the gruesome slaying.



US Supreme Court is asked to block Mississippi LGBT law

Posted 10/11/2017 in State

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to LGBT people.



Senator's plan would raise taxes for transportation maintenance

Posted 10/10/2017 in State

Mississippi residents could vote on a state lawmaker's plan that would raise taxes and fees to pay for needed renovations to roads and bridges.



Analysis: More students graduate without passing tests

Posted 10/9/2017 in State

Mississippi's improving high school graduation rate is one piece of good news in a state where the education picture has often been dismal.



Murder trial to open in horrific burning death of woman, 19

Posted 10/7/2017 in State

Jessica Chambers was on fire when she was found along a back road near a north Mississippi tree farm nearly three years ago.



Mississippi regulators won't take utility path to rate vote

Posted 10/7/2017 in State

Facing political pressure to give a utility what it wanted, the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Thursday balked.



Mississippi residents told to prepare for tropical storm

Posted 10/6/2017 in State

Mississippians turned a cautious eye to the Gulf of Mexico Thursday as projections showed that Tropical Storm Nate could target the state.



New delay in Miss. law on objection to gay marriage

Posted 10/5/2017 in State

New court action has created a slight delay for a Mississippi law that, barring an intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, will let government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to gay couples.



Mississippi now collecting lodging tax from online services

Posted 10/5/2017 in State

Mississippi's tax collector is now collecting sales and lodging taxes from people renting rooms or vacation properties online.



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