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Mississippi pot legalization initiative falls far short

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

A DeSoto County woman's push for a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in Mississippi has fallen far short of the required number of petition signatures.



Former Miss. dean to plead in meth case

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

A former college administrator has notified federal court officials of his intent to plead guilty in a meth distribution case in which his co-defendant faces trial.



School funding, Miss. flag, highways on legislative agenda

Posted 1/2/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers begin their four-year term, and their four-month 2016 session, on Tuesday with a wide range of issues to consider.



Requests for special education money fall short of supply

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

Demand so far has been low for $6,500 scholarships that Mississippi is awarding to parents of special education students to use in private or home schooling.



Mississippi crawfish abundant early

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

Mississippi crawfish are plentiful early in the season and prices are down.



New Year holiday highway enforcement checkpoints planned

Posted 12/30/2015 in State

It's a holiday warning for Mississippi motorists: The Mississippi Highway Patrol plans safety checkpoints around the state to make sure impaired drivers are removed from the roads.



Miss. seeks federal disaster ruling for killer tornado

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that Mississippi is seeking a federal disaster declaration for some or all of the seven counties hit by a tornado last week.



Highway Patrol says 5 die in Christmas accidents

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says five people died on state and federal highways during the Christmas holiday period from Wednesday through Sunday.



Mississippi state flag debate tops state news in 2015

Posted 12/29/2015 in State

Debate over the Confederate battle emblem in the Mississippi state's flag is the top state news story of 2015.



Tupelo band director arrested on drug charges

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

Police say a high school band director was arrested on drug charges after he was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine.



Group calls off lawsuit over Nativity display

Posted 12/24/2015 in State

The American Humanist Association is calling off a lawsuit against Harrison County over a Nativity scene in the courthouse lobby.



Mississippi signs up 90K-plus for marketplace coverage

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 90,358 in Mississippi.



State troopers to increase patrol over Christmas weekend

Posted 12/23/2015 in State

State troopers have announced they will beef up their patrols during the Christmas weekend.



Mississippi may close 3 more inmate work centers

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Facing a tight budget, the head of Mississippi's prison system said Monday that staff shortages may prompt him to close three more inmate community work centers that provide free labor to counties.



Trump set to campaign Jan. 2 in Biloxi

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign just after the New Year on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.



US attorney: Restaurant pays $3K in service dog settlement

Posted 12/22/2015 in State

The U.S. attorney in Jackson says a Hattiesburg restaurant will pay $3,000 for telling a woman that she and her service dog had to leave, then seating them in a corner.



JSU raises nonblack enrollment, gains control of endowment

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Jackson State University will become the second of Mississippi's three historically black universities to gain control of an endowment set aside in a desegregation lawsuit.



Under the Capitol dome: Tax fairness could be issue in push for transportation money

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Mississippi could get smoother roads, lower taxes and a tax system more tilted to favor the rich than it does today.



Union: Company will move work from China to Miss.

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

The United Steelworkers union says workers at the True Temper Sports plant in Amory have ratified a new contract with the sporting goods maker.



Animals killed by wild dogs at Mississippi zoo

Posted 12/21/2015 in State

Wild animals at a Mississippi zoo continue to fall prey to wilder animals intruding from the outside.



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