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State urges parents to submit voucher applications quickly

Posted 7/16/2015 in State

The Mississippi Department of Education says 166 families will receive an annual subsidy of $6,500 that can be used to pay for private school tuition, tutoring or other educational services outside the public schools.



FBI aiding inquiry of Miss. man's death after police encounter

Posted 7/15/2015 in State

Some residents of a small Mississippi town say they're still looking for answers a week after a black man died following a physical encounter with a white police officer.



NAACP: Miss. should remove Confederate sign from flag

Posted 7/15/2015 in State

The NAACP is calling on Mississippi legislators to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, days after South Carolina removed a stand-alone Confederate banner from its Capitol grounds.



Mississippi faces struggle over Confederate emblem in flag

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Now that South Carolina has removed a Confederate battle flag from its statehouse lawn, the next big struggle over Old South symbols is shaping up in Mississippi, where the rebel X has fluttered over the Capitol and other public buildings for more than a century as part of the state flag.



Man charged in scheme to get reward for missing dog

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Bond has been set at $20,000 for a Jones County man who allegedly claimed to have found a lost dog and wanted a reward.



Clarksdale out as R&B Hall of Fame location

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

The Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame project is over in Clarksdale.



Mississippi Power seeks to keep 18 percent rate increase

Posted 7/11/2015 in State

Saying it's running short of cash and can no longer borrow without the support of its parent company, Mississippi Power Co. is trying again for a rate increase to help pay for the $6.2 billion power plant it's building in Kemper County.



Leflore County dropping Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Leflore County government employees will no longer get a day off work at the end of April to observe Confederate Memorial Day.


Rep. Thompson: Remove 'treasonous' Confederate symbols

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Mississippi's only black congressman is stepping up his effort to remove all images of the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. House chamber and House office buildings in Washington.


Auditor seeking $1.3M from ex-Neshoba workers

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

The state auditor's office is seeking $1.3 million from three former Neshoba County employees who were fired during an investigation into overtime pay discrepancies.



Miss. Sales Tax Holiday near start of school year

Posted 7/9/2015 in State

Many retailers say they are hopeful for an increase in sales since this year's annual Sales Tax holiday in Mississippi is closer to the opening date for several schools in the state's southern counties.



New US Rep. Kelly keeps most of his predecessor's staff

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's newest member of Congress is renting a tiny apartment in Washington and has hired most of his predecessor's staff.



Miss. charter board rejects Natchez school plan

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's charter school agency rejected a Natchez charter school proposal Tuesday but voted to advance plans for two schools in Jackson proposed by RePublic Schools and could approve them in September.



Budget writer: Cuts possible if education measure passes

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

A top Mississippi budget writer is telling leaders of most state agencies to plan how they would cut spending in case voters approve a school funding initiative in November.



Mississippi joins states suing over new EPA water rule

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi has joined in a lawsuit challenging a rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.


Miss. flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

Posted 7/7/2015 in State

The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol.

Gov. Bryant receives human trafficking task force report

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

The fastest growing criminal industry does not involve illegal weapons or drugs. It involves the sale of human beings, and it's happening in Mississippi.


Tuition up this fall at 9 Miss. community colleges

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

Nine of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges will raise charges on students this fall, with the average price of tuition and fees rising by 4 percent statewide.



2 charged in hair-raising thefts from Greenwood beauty shop

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

Two people have been charged with the theft of $6,700 worth of hair extensions and other items from a Greenwood beauty shop.


BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

Posted 7/3/2015 in State

More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.


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