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Newborn Ala. baby tests positive for marijuana

Posted 4/13/2011 in State

Florence police say a woman was arrested after her newborn baby tested positive for having marijuana in her system.

 

 

Ala. man loses lawsuit over tooth found in KFC chicken

Posted 4/8/2011 in State

A state appeals court says a man isn't due any money after claiming he found a human tooth in the crust of a piece of KFC fried chicken in Montgomery.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers end session without redistricting

Posted 4/7/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday ended their 2011 session without finishing the job of redistricting.

 

 

Barbour signs $422.8 million bond bill

Posted 4/7/2011 in State

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a $422.8 million bond bill to pay for needs at colleges, state agencies and for economic development projects.

 

 

Storms fell trees, crush homes across South, killing 8

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

An enormous tree limb that crashed through a Georgia family's bedroom killed a father and the young son he was holding in his arms Tuesday as a fast-moving storm system pounded the South with tornadoes, hail and spectacular lightning. At least eight people were killed around the region.

 

 

Barbour signs school bus safety bill

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a school bus safety bill drafted in response to a Jones County child's death.

 

 

Wing of Ala. prison briefly seized by inmates

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Alabama corrections officials say they've put down an inmate uprising at Holman Prison near Atmore.

 

 

Lawmakers pass $5.5 billion budget

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Monday easily passed dozens of bills that make up the state's $5.5 billion budget for the year that begins July 1.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers approve civil rights museum

Posted 4/5/2011 in State

Lawmakers on Monday approved a bill authorizing the multimillion-dollar construction of two new Mississippi museums -- one devoted to the civil rights struggle and another focused on the state's overall history.

 

One dead in Miss. after severe storm

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Six Columbus and Lowndes County families were evacuated from their homes Monday as a severe storm front swept across the state, causing power outages, damage and a death in Copiah County.

 

Schools close early ahead of severe storm

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Some Golden Triangle-area schools let students out early as tornado watches and warnings broke out across north Mississippi and storms pushed toward Alabama this afternoon.

 

 

Analysis: Miss. lawmakers haven't ignored obesity issue

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Mississippi usually tops most rankings for the unhealthiest or fattest states, but lawmakers can't be accused of ignoring the problem.

 

 

Storms sweep through Miss., Ala.

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

The National Weather Service says a storm system from the west was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds into Mississippi today.

 

 

New state law targets parents who allow teens to drink

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute parents who host drinking parties for teenagers.

 

 

Marsha Barbour: Thought of presidential race 'horrifies me'

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's wife says the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

 

 

10-year-old girl dies in Bolivar County school bus crash

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Fog may have been a factor when a school bus and a tractor-trailer collided on a rural Mississippi highway Friday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.

 

 

Legislature extends session to pass budget

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to begin passing a nearly $5.5 billion plan to pay for public schools, colleges, mental health services and other state programs during the next fiscal year.

 

 

Barbour: No pardon for Scott sisters

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press he doesn't plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other.

 

 

Barbour pushes for civil rights museum funding

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is pressing lawmakers to resolve funding for a Mississippi civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum, saying he wants both to be open in downtown Jackson when the state marks its bicentennial in 2017.

 

 

Columbus women charged with defrauding food stamp program

Posted 3/30/2011 in State

Two Columbus women were among four Mississippi residents charged with welfare fraud, the state Department of Human Services said.

 

 

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