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Supreme Court axes suit over Mississippi Confederate emblem

Posted 11/28/2017 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag "an official endorsement of white supremacy."



Chairmen tamp down talk of big jump in tobacco tax

Posted 11/27/2017 in State

It's been nearly a decade since a former tobacco lobbyist signed a law that increased the Mississippi's state cigarette tax from 18 cents to 68 cents a pack.



Walmart cashier's inspirational response reaches people

Posted 11/27/2017 in State

A cashier at a Walmart in Clarksdale couldn't have possibly known her kindness to one man could reach so many people.



Low voter turnout is wasteful, election commissioner says

Posted 11/25/2017 in State

Taxpayer money is being wasted because of registered voters who don't bother to cast ballots, a local election official in Mississippi said.



Senator: Capitol art should also show black Mississippians

Posted 11/25/2017 in State

A lawmaker says art at the Mississippi Capitol should be updated to reflect accomplishments of African-Americans.



Report: Mississippi agencies sloppy on vehicle records

Posted 11/21/2017 in State

Mississippi government agencies are doing a sloppy job of keeping records about vehicles they own, a watchdog group said in a report issued Monday.



Analysis: Bryant proposes free community college for some

Posted 11/20/2017 in State

Free community college for all Mississippians would be an ambitious and easy-to-explain goal.



Mississippi governor's budget has free community college

Posted 11/16/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is recommending that the state spend $7 million in the coming year to provide free community college for an unspecified number of students.



Mississippi seeks OK for job training for some on Medicaid

Posted 11/16/2017 in State

Mississippi is seeking federal permission to require job training for some able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid, and the Trump administration has signaled that is open to approving such plans.



Attorneys defend Mississippi law on denying LGBT services

Posted 11/14/2017 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant are defending a state law that lets government workers and private business people cite religious beliefs to deny services to LGBT people.



Analysis: State budget practices receive mixed grades

Posted 11/13/2017 in State

A nonpartisan group that evaluates state government budget practices is giving mostly mid-level marks to Mississippi.



State: Disclosure could lead to inability to do executions

Posted 11/10/2017 in State

Lawyers for the state of Mississippi argued Wednesday that disclosing information could destroy the state's ability to get the drugs needed for executions, urging a federal judge to block death row inmates suing the state from obtaining any more information.



Regulators nix Mississippi Power push to exclude testimony

Posted 11/8/2017 in State

Regulators have again denied a request by Mississippi Power Co. to narrow proceedings over how much customers should pay for a power plant.



2 dogfighting operations found in Mississippi

Posted 11/8/2017 in State

Sheriffs in two Mississippi counties say they have found dogfighting operations that included animals that were mutilated, malnourished and chained to trees.



Calloway to appeal conviction in Hattiesburg officers' deaths

Posted 11/8/2017 in State

The only person to stand trial in the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers has filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court.



Fatal Tupelo police shooting: Judge dismisses $35M suit

Posted 11/7/2017 in State

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a civil lawsuit that sought $35 million in damages from a Mississippi city and a white police officer in the disputed 2016 shooting death of a black man, leaving his relatives "dumbfounded."



Tupelo dedicates its own Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Posted 11/7/2017 in State

A Mississippi community has dedicated its own smaller-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that's in the nation's capital.



Analysis: There's no hiding Mississippi's economic weakness

Posted 11/6/2017 in State

Let's make this simple -- Mississippi's economy is weak and shows few signs of growing stronger.



Mississippi on track for record opioid deaths in 2017

Posted 11/6/2017 in State

Mississippi officials are anticipating a record number of opioid deaths statewide in 2017.



White man nears end of custody for Mississippi hate crime

Posted 11/3/2017 in State

A white man has less than six months left in federal custody for his part in the fatal rundown of a black man in Mississippi in 2011.



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