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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.



Mississippi Lottery aims for Dec. 1 start of ticket sales

Posted 6/29/2019 in State

A new Mississippi Lottery could start selling scratch-off tickets Dec. 1.



Judge: Man's 'I'm sorry' video can be used in murder trial

Posted 6/29/2019 in State

Jurors will be allowed to hear what a Mississippi man told a reporter on video as he was arrested in the shooting deaths of eight people.



Mississippi fights lawsuit over reliance on mental hospitals

Posted 6/27/2019 in State

As the federal government tries to compel Mississippi to give mentally ill people more options to get the treatment they need in their own communities, the experiences of Harold Biggs and Pamela Kirby offer a sharp contrast.



Absentee voting begins for Mississippi party primaries

Posted 6/26/2019 in State

Mississippi voters can start casting absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 party primaries for governor and other statewide, regional, legislative and county offices.



More indictments in Mississippi over bogus pain creams

Posted 6/26/2019 in State

Four more people accused of prescribing unneeded pain creams to bilk insurers have been indicted on fraud charges in Mississippi.



Wrongfully convicted man is killed 13 years after release

Posted 6/26/2019 in State

A Mississippi man who spent nearly 12 years imprisoned for a wrongful conviction has been fatally shot, 13 years after his release.



Mississippi teacher killed in Louisiana; 2 arrested

Posted 6/26/2019 in State

A Mississippi school teacher who had recently been honored by his school district was found fatally shot Monday across the state line in Louisiana. Two people have been arrested in connection with his death.



Analysis: Views starkly differ on Mississippi prison's state

Posted 6/24/2019 in State

A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn't enough for him to make a decision on whether conditions are unconstitutional.



Court tosses black man's murder conviction over racial bias

Posted 6/22/2019 in State

The Supreme Court on Friday threw out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississippi because of a prosecutor's efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial.



Mississippi will appeal judge's ruling on abortion law

Posted 6/22/2019 in State

Mississippi is giving notice that it will continue defending one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.



Governor candidates split on road funding, Medicaid

Posted 6/22/2019 in State

Mississippi gubernatorial candidates are divided over whether the state should expand Medicaid to the working poor and find additional ways to fund improvements for highways and bridges.



Lawsuit: Mississippi inmate had free weekends, made acid attack on wife

Posted 6/22/2019 in State

A Mississippi sheriff repeatedly freed a woman's abusive husband from jail on weekends, and the man tried to run her over, beat her unconscious and then drenched her body with sulfuric acid, the woman says in a lawsuit.



Police warn of fentanyl after 2 Mississippi overdose deaths

Posted 6/20/2019 in State

Authorities are investigating a series of overdoses in northeast Mississippi that led to two deaths.



Grand jury to hear case in Mississippi police officer death

Posted 6/19/2019 in State

A grand jury will hear the case against the suspect in the slaying of a Mississippi officer who was shot outside a police station last month.



More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

Posted 6/18/2019 in State

A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized.



Analysis: Lawyers argue over abortion access in Mississippi

Posted 6/17/2019 in State

In 2015, on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said: "I am as committed as ever to ending abortion in Mississippi."



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