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Judge blocks Miss. law on objections to gay marriage

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.

 

 

Tupelo City Council meets to discuss police shooting

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

City leaders met behind closed doors for more than an hour Thursday but made no official decisions regarding the officer-involved shooting on June 18 that has led to a federal lawsuit being filed against the city of Tupelo.

 

 

Prosecutor: 11 more to be charged in prison bribery inquiry

Posted yesterday in State

As many as 11 more people may face criminal charges stemming from a Mississippi prison contract bribery scheme, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

 

 

Officials: 3 people dead after police chase in Miss.

Posted yesterday in State

Three people died early Wednesday after a police chase in Mississippi that started when an SUV crossed the road's center line and forced a deputy's car onto the shoulder, officials said.

 

 

Governor could dip deeper into Miss. rainy day fund

Posted 6/29/2016 in State

Mississippi House members will return today to finish giving Gov. Phil Bryant permission to take as much as he needs from financial reserves to cover a deficit of up to $75 million for the budget year ending at midnight Thursday.

 

 

Highway Patrol to begin July 4th enforcement

Posted 6/29/2016 in State

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2016 Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period on Friday at 6 p.m. ending at midnight Monday.

 

 

Supreme Court ends legal fight over Miss. abortion law

Posted 6/29/2016 in State

A physician at Mississippi's only abortion clinic is praising the end of a legal fight over a state law that threatened to close the facility by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn't fulfill.

 

 

Miss. to begin registering cell phones on no call list

Posted 6/29/2016 in State

The Mississippi Public Service Commission on Friday will begin registering cellphones on the state's No Call Registry to help cut the number of telemarketers calling.

 

 

Judge: HB 1523 creates inequality for gay marriage

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.

 

 

Miss. abortion law similar to overturned Texas law

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's abortion restrictions will likely be the first outside Texas to be affected by Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges, the leader of the Center for Reproductive Rights said.

 

 

GOP leaders hope for quick session on Miss. budget

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

Republican officials are hoping for a quick special session to patch holes in the Mississippi budget. But there's no guarantee Democrats will sit quietly and go along with that plan.

 

 

Justice quest goes on after 'Freedom Summer' cases end

Posted 6/28/2016 in State

The search for courtroom justice in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi's Neshoba County is over, more than a half century after they died, but some Mississippians and the relatives of the slain men say the search for another kind of justice still is still ongoing.

 

 

Gov. could call Tuesday session to deal with budget gap

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday that he will call a special legislative session Tuesday to deal with a shortfall as Mississippi's 2016 budget year comes to a close, unless state collections make such a move unnecessary.

 

 

Man wanted in Panola Co. slaying returns to Miss.

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Authorities say the man wanted in the 2014 burning death of a woman is back in Mississippi.

 

 

Attorneys clash over possible impact of Miss. LGBT law

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage argued Friday that it unconstitutionally establishes state-preferred beliefs and treats lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people different from other citizens.

 

 

Rep: State constitution at stake in 'demon chipmunk' lawsuit

Posted 6/25/2016 in State

A Mississippi lawmaker says the state constitution is at stake in his lawsuit against the House speaker over a speed-reading computer voice that's been called the "demon chipmunk."

 

 

Judge hears arguments over Miss. LGBT marriage law

Posted 6/24/2016 in State

Mississippi is the only state to enact a law listing specific religious beliefs to be protected in reaction to the legalization of same-sex marriage, a professor testified Thursday in federal court.

 

Mississippi graduation rates reach all time high

Posted 6/23/2016 in State

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, high school graduation rates for the state reached an all time high during the 2015-2016 school year with 80.8 percent of all students graduating within four years.

 

Miss. LGBT law withstands 1 challenge; 3 others await

Posted 6/22/2016 in State

A federal judge has declined to block a Mississippi gay marriage law in one challenge filed against it. But it's still possible he will block the law after considering three other lawsuits.

 

 

Prosecutor: 'Mississippi Burning' civil rights case closed

Posted 6/21/2016 in State

One day short of the 52nd anniversary of three civil rights workers' disappearance during Mississippi's "Freedom Summer," state and federal prosecutors said Monday that the investigation into the slayings is over.

 

 

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