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55 cases of West Nile virus in Miss. so far in 2017

Posted 10/4/2017 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus.

 

 

Mississippi could have tough 2018 Senate race

Posted 10/2/2017 in State

Mississippi's most recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate was hard-fought and ugly, and it might be a preview of things to come in 2018.

 

 

Ex police officer indicted in hot car death of her daughter

Posted 9/30/2017 in State

A former Mississippi police officer whose daughter died in a hot car has been indicted on a second-degree-murder charge.

 

 

Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

Posted 9/30/2017 in State

The federal health insurance market for individuals won't open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty.

 

 

Mississippi gets $15M for new charter schools

Posted 9/30/2017 in State

Charter schools could grow more rapidly in Mississippi, fueled by $15 million over five years that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to the state Thursday.

 

Lawsuit seeks to end Mississippi's lifetime felon voting ban

Posted 9/29/2017 in State

Mississippi's constitution bars its citizens from voting ever again after being convicted of certain felonies.

 

Education agency denies auditor's claim of breaking bid laws

Posted 9/29/2017 in State

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering on Thursday accused the Mississippi Department of Education of breaking state laws governing contracts and said he's continuing to investigate problems.

 

 

Miss. National Guard helping Virgin Islands after Irma

Posted 9/29/2017 in State

Mississippi is sending 202 national guard members and their equipment to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help after Hurricane Irma.

 

 

Lawsuit: Waitress fired over religious objection to pants

Posted 9/27/2017 in State

A restaurant chain discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a waitress, a federal agency says in a lawsuit.

 

 

Watchdog agency questions Mississippi education contracts

Posted 9/27/2017 in State

A state government watchdog agency is criticizing the Mississippi Department of Education for issuing contracts without taking bids, even though the contractors were paid more than the amounts that trigger bid requirements.

 

 

State gets more time in lawsuit over Confederate-themed flag

Posted 9/26/2017 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Mississippi more time to respond to a lawsuit that challenges the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.

 

 

Analysis: Do regulators hear praises of Miss. Power?

Posted 9/25/2017 in State

It's beginning to sound like 2010 again at the Public Service Commission.

 

 

Mississippi Medicaid seeks more money for its current budget

Posted 9/23/2017 in State

The Mississippi Medicaid program is requesting more money to pay for services during the state budget year that ends in June.

 

 

Mississippi lawmakers start picking through budget requests

Posted 9/22/2017 in State

Mississippi government agencies are seeking about $800 million more for the coming year -- roughly a 13 percent increase in a $6 billion budget. But legislators warn that with slow economic growth, there won't be enough new tax revenue to cover all the requests.

 

 

Memo: Consider civil rights home for national monument

Posted 9/21/2017 in State

Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.

 

 

Mississippi teacher on leave after racist Facebook post

Posted 9/20/2017 in State

A Mississippi teacher is out of the classroom after a racist Facebook post.

 

 

Survey: Childhood obesity may be falling in Mississippi

Posted 9/20/2017 in State

New government data show Mississippi children aren't getting fatter, and may be getting skinnier.

 

 

Ole Miss could swap black bear mascot

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

Years after it traded Colonel Reb for a bear, the University of Mississippi could again change its sidelines sports mascot.

 

 

Man in horror-film mask shoots 3 in Mississippi; 1 killed

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

Police say a man wearing a Jason Voorhees mask from the horror movie "Friday the 13th" shot three people in Mississippi, killing one and injuring two.

 

 

Miss. hometown honors author of civil rights memoir

Posted 9/19/2017 in State

A civil rights activist who wrote about challenging segregation in the South was honored in her hometown, two years after her death.

 

 

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