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Mississippi Writers Trail marker honors Margaret Walker

Posted 7/10/2019 in State

A new Mississippi Writers Trail marker honors novelist and poet Margaret Walker.



Analysis: Mississippi candidates split on school vouchers

Posted 7/8/2019 in State

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents' Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not.



Bacteria close Mississippi Gulf Coast mainland beaches

Posted 7/8/2019 in State

People and pets are being warned to stay out of the water along the entire mainland of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic bacteria continue spreading eastward.



1 escaped Mississippi inmate is captured, 2 still sought

Posted 7/8/2019 in State

An inmate has been captured after escaping from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. A search continues for two others who escaped from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.



Mississippi group looks at the potential of hemp cultivation

Posted 7/6/2019 in State

A new group will discuss what growing hemp might mean for Mississippi's economy. Legislators created the Hemp Cultivation Task Force, and the group has its first meeting Monday at the state Capitol.



3 gulf state Saenger Theaters restored; what about Biloxi's?

Posted 7/6/2019 in State

Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in south Mississippi is dark, with a leaky roof and unsafe areas.



2 school districts merge into 1 in Mississippi Delta

Posted 7/6/2019 in State

Two school districts in the Mississippi Delta have completed their merger.



National military park in Mississippi gains another section

Posted 7/5/2019 in State

Another Civil War site is being added to the Vicksburg National Military Park, one of Mississippi's top tourist attractions.



Bond denied for man held in slaying of pregnant woman

Posted 7/5/2019 in State

A court is refusing bond for a man charged with murder in the slaying of a Mississippi woman and her unborn child.



Port has fewer maritime jobs after expansion; agency says OK

Posted 7/5/2019 in State

A Mississippi Gulf Coast port has fewer maritime jobs now than it did before a $570 million restoration and expansion project funded by a federal grant.



Trial reset for lawmaker accused of beating his wife

Posted 7/3/2019 in State

The misdemeanor domestic violence trial for a Mississippi lawmaker has been delayed because a local prosecutor stepped down from the case.



Man shot by Mississippi officer after Louisiana shooting

Posted 7/3/2019 in State

A man shot a woman in Louisiana, stole her car and left her wounded before driving to Mississippi where he was shot multiple times early Tuesday by a police officer, authorities said.



Defenders of vegan bacon sue Mississippi over labeling law

Posted 7/3/2019 in State

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon."



Judge gets challenge to Mississippi mental health system

Posted 7/3/2019 in State

A federal judge should intervene in Mississippi's mental health care system, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer argued Monday, saying the state has moved far too slowly to provide community alternatives to mental hospitals.



Mississippi man charged in cross burning near black residents' home

Posted 7/2/2019 in State

A white man faces federal charges in a 2017 cross burning outside the home of African American residents in a small Mississippi town.



Jones Co. Sheriff: Man says he mistakenly killed friend on gator hunt

Posted 7/2/2019 in State

A Mississippi man charged in a fatal shooting told deputies he was hunting alligators with a friend when his gun jammed and he accidentally shot the other man.



Analysis: 2 years after rule changes, bail still flourishes

Posted 7/1/2019 in State

Two years after rule changes in Mississippi courts, judges are still demanding bail -- and people are still getting stuck in jail.



Mississippi enacts new laws on teacher pay, criminal justice

Posted 7/1/2019 in State

Several new laws are taking effect Monday in Mississippi, including one that gives a pay raise to teachers and two that are designed to ease burdens on people who face court fines or who are trying to find jobs after having a criminal conviction.



3 longtime Mississippi lawmakers retiring before term ends

Posted 7/1/2019 in State

Three Mississippi lawmakers are retiring as of Monday, when the new state budget year begins.



Mississippi election lawsuit is 'time-sensitive,' judge says

Posted 7/1/2019 in State

A federal judge says he's aware of the "time-sensitive nature" of an election-year lawsuit that says Mississippi has a racially discriminatory method of choosing statewide officials, including governor.



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