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Miss. lawmakers propose spending cuts for coming year

Posted yesterday in State

Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year.

 

 

Teacher barred for 12 years after dragging student by hair

Posted 12/8/2016 in State

Fired, criminally charged and with her state teaching license on the line, Linda Winters-Johnson admitted Wednesday that she'd been wrong to drag a special education student by the hair across the gym floor at Greenville High School.

 

 

Presley seeks break on rates for deployed military members

Posted 12/7/2016 in State

A Mississippi utility regulator wants to consider giving some active-duty members of the military breaks on their electrical and natural gas bills.

 

 

Miss. lawyers: Don't revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

Posted 12/7/2016 in State

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

 

 

Analysis: Mental health suits await decision on combination

Posted 12/5/2016 in State

If Mississippi gets its way, a long-running case challenging the state's mental health care for children could be rolled up with the more recent suit by the federal government over how the state provides mental health care for adults.

 

 

Mississippi awards nearly $2M for preservation projects

Posted 12/5/2016 in State

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is awarding almost $2 million in grants to cover several preservation projects.

 

 

Miss. Power: Likely to miss Kemper deadline

Posted 12/3/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it's likely to again delay its Kemper County power plant, pushing completion of the $7 billion plant past the previous deadline of Dec. 31.

 

 

Greenville school board says it's firing superintendent

Posted 12/3/2016 in State

A day after refusing to clarify his status, the Greenville school board definitively said Friday that it's firing its superintendent immediately.

 

 

Tupelo police HQ to fly Miss. bicentennial banner, for now

Posted 12/1/2016 in State

The Mississippi flag with the Confederate battle emblem won't fly outside the new Tupelo Police Department building -- at least for a year.

 

 

Dog finds human bone in woods for second time

Posted 11/30/2016 in State

For the second time, a pet dog in south Mississippi has gone into the woods and returned home with a human bone.

 

 

Chamberlin elected to Supreme Court over Brady

Posted 11/29/2016 in State

The AP reports Bobby Chamberlin has beaten Columbus attorney John Brady for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

 

 

Teacher accused of dragging student indicted

Posted 11/29/2016 in State

A former Greenville teacher has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of abusing a vulnerable person.

 

 

Delta State to raise tuition 5 percent

Posted 11/26/2016 in State

Delta State University wasn't going to raise tuition next fall, but President Bill LaForge said state budget cuts changed the university's mind.

 

 

Two Miss. churches transcend racial barriers after arson

Posted 11/23/2016 in State

Back in the 1960s, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, a fact that remains true in many communities today.

 

 

1.2M voted in Miss., 560 lacked photo ID at polls

Posted 11/23/2016 in State

Only a small percentage of Mississippi voters did not take photo identification to the polls for the presidential election, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday.

 

 

Mississippi troopers beefing up traffic safety patrols

Posted 11/23/2016 in State

Thanksgiving travelers can expect increased patrols on interstate and state highways as the Mississippi Highway Patrol beefs up its ranks over the four-day holiday weekend.

 

 

Pence spending Thanksgiving in Mississippi

Posted 11/23/2016 in State

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Mississippi where his son, who is a Marine, is stationed.

 

 

Miss. legislative leaders backing off bid to keep contracts secret

Posted 11/23/2016 in State

Legislative leaders in Mississippi have reversed course, now saying that the Legislature cannot keep its contracts from public view -- despite a committee's earlier vote to keep them secret.

 

 

Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, but direction unclear

Posted 11/21/2016 in State

Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

 

 

Miss.'s obesity rate among low-income children stable

Posted 11/21/2016 in State

Mississippi's obesity rate among young children from low-income families remains stable at 14.5 percent, but officials note the rate is still too high.

 

 

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