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Journalist Wilson 'Bill' Minor dies; covered civil rights

Posted earlier today in State

Wilson F. "Bill" Minor, a journalist who chronicled Mississippi through almost 70 years of change including its turbulent struggle over civil rights, has died.

 

 

Talks break down over Mississippi transportation spending

Posted earlier today in State

Mississippi House and Senate leaders publicly bickered but failed to agree on a transportation spending plan before a Monday night deadline, likely forcing the governor to call lawmakers back for a special session before the budget year begins July 1.

 

 

Miss. governor approves outlawing of sanctuary cities

Posted earlier today in State

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status.

 

 

Miss. legislator calls budget 'deliberate wreckage'

Posted yesterday in State

The Mississippi legislature inched toward a budget Sunday, after a contentious process the day before.

 

 

Miss. lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."

 

 

15-pound boxes of catfish from Miss. company recalled

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming.

 

 

Bryant signs bill doubling penalties for anti-police crimes

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

People who commit crimes in Mississippi against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers will face doubled penalties starting July 1.

 

 

Budget pains Miss. lawmakers as revenue outlook cut

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

It's been obvious for months that Mississippi tax revenues have been lagging, and Friday was a day that legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant faced up to the fact.

 

 

Judge sanctions lawyer suing over Tupelo police shooting

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A federal judge has sanctioned an attorney who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a Tupelo man by a police officer.

 

 

Seat belts in the back seat could become law in Miss.

Posted 3/24/2017 in State

Buckle up, Mississippi, because it could soon be the law, no matter where you sit in a car.

 

 

Campaign spending bill headed to Gov. Bryant's desk

Posted 3/23/2017 in State

Elected officials in Mississippi would no longer be able to use campaign money to subsidize their lifestyles or build retirement nest eggs under a bill likely to become law.

 

 

Credit card charge dropped against ex-Miss Mississippi

Posted 3/23/2017 in State

Authorities in Flora say a judge has dropped a credit card fraud charge against a former Miss Mississippi.

 

 

Lawmakers pass plan for faith-based advisory council

Posted 3/22/2017 in State

Lawmakers have given final passage to a plan sought by Gov. Phil Bryant to set up an advisory council on faith-based initiatives.

 

 

Thou shalt not smuggle: Woman hides drugs in inmate's Bible

Posted 3/22/2017 in State

Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail.

 

 

MPA names new acting president

Posted 3/21/2017 in State

The Mississippi Press Association announced Wednesday that Paul Keane will immediately begin serving as the organization's acting president.

 

 

Miss. government building to be named for Nunnelee

Posted 3/21/2017 in State

A state office building could soon be named for a Mississippi congressman who died in 2015.

 

 

Court blocks law that'd close Mississippi's only abortion clinic

Posted 3/18/2017 in State

A federal court on Friday permanently blocked Mississippi's law that threatened to close the state's only abortion clinic by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn't fulfill.

 

 

Groups seek to open 9 charter schools in Mississippi

Posted 3/18/2017 in State

Nine charter school operators say they're interested in opening new schools in Mississippi, although none of them currently run a charter school anywhere.

 

 

Mississippi Power's Kemper plant blows deadline after leak

Posted 3/18/2017 in State

After a March 9 tubing leak, Mississippi Power Co. said Thursday that it's unsure when its $7.1 billion Kemper County power plant will be finished.

 

 

Mississippi bill would stiffen penalties for attacks on cops

Posted 3/17/2017 in State

Mississippi could double the penalties against people who intentionally harm law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency workers, under a bill headed to the governor.

 

 

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