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Mississippi fugitive arrested in Utah after 34 years

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

 

 

Miss. health officer opposes change to vaccine requirement

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has some of the worst rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., but public health officials brag that it ranks best in the nation for childhood immunization.

 

 

Miss. House passes pair of low-impact Common Core bills

Posted 1/23/2015 in State

Mississippi House members overwhelming approved a pair of bills Thursday that may immunize members against controversy over Common Core State Standards, but could have little effect over what's taught in the state's public school classrooms.

 

 

Miss. high court hears arguments over same-sex divorce

Posted 1/22/2015 in State

Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008.

 

 

Bryant: Mississippi in best shape in recent history

Posted 1/22/2015 in State

Mississippi has not reached its full potential, but the state is in its best financial condition in recent history, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday during his State of the State address.

 

 

Bryant to outline priorities in State of the State

Posted 1/21/2015 in State

Job creation, schools, tax cuts and tourism are among the issues Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will discuss Wednesday during his annual State of the State address.

 

Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

Posted 1/20/2015 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he wants to eliminate Mississippi's $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker, decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit and revamp the school funding formula.

 

Two initiatives could neutralize education funding issue

Posted 1/19/2015 in State

All Mississippi politicians say they love education, especially during election years. The key question is: How do they translate that love into public policy?

 

 

Gov. accused of improper role in executive search

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action.

 

 

Mississippi Board of Education quitting multi-state test group

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi is withdrawing from a multi-state testing consortium as the state Board of Education prepares to seek new bids for state tests and tries to navigate political pressure surrounding its selection of tests and continued use of the Common Core State Standards.

 

 

Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Mississippi's attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed.

 

 

Bryant: No confusion over similar proposals on same ballot

Posted 1/17/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that "the public is smarter than most people might believe" and it's wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November's ballot.

 

 

Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

Posted 1/15/2015 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding.

 

 

Miss. tax collections $91M ahead of expectations

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

Mississippi tax collections are running $91 million ahead of expectations just over halfway into the fiscal year, a top budget writer said Tuesday.

 

 

House votes for school funding amendment alternative

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

House Republicans pushed through a proposal for alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding Tuesday, as supporters of the original language howled that the effort aimed to sabotage the November vote.

 

 

Miss. murder suspect shot by police in New Mexico

Posted 1/14/2015 in State

Mississippi authorities say D'Juan Holloway, wanted in the shooting death of a Gulfport man, was arrested Monday after a gunfight with New Mexico law enforcement.

 

Miss. to look for university chief after Bounds' exit

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

With a native son headed west to lead the University of Nebraska, Mississippi's College Board is looking for a leader to oversee its eight public universities.

 

Khosla seeks KiOR plant receiver, says state ran off buyer

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

KiOR financier Vinod Khosla is asking a Mississippi state court judge to name a receiver for the company's Columbus plant.

 

 

Congressman Nunnelee takes oath in hospital

Posted 1/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi congressman who is recovering from a series of health problems took his oath of office Monday while hospitalized in his hometown.

 

 

Judge makes second delay in prison gang case in Miss.

Posted 1/12/2015 in State

The trial of 14 alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang in Mississippi has been pushed back again, this time to Aug. 3.

 

 

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