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Storms sweep through Miss., Ala.

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

The National Weather Service says a storm system from the west was expected to bring heavy rain and high winds into Mississippi today.

 

 

New state law targets parents who allow teens to drink

Posted 4/4/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute parents who host drinking parties for teenagers.

 

 

Marsha Barbour: Thought of presidential race 'horrifies me'

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's wife says the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

 

 

10-year-old girl dies in Bolivar County school bus crash

Posted 4/1/2011 in State

Fog may have been a factor when a school bus and a tractor-trailer collided on a rural Mississippi highway Friday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.

 

 

Legislature extends session to pass budget

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Monday to begin passing a nearly $5.5 billion plan to pay for public schools, colleges, mental health services and other state programs during the next fiscal year.

 

 

Barbour: No pardon for Scott sisters

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press he doesn't plan to pardon two sisters he released from prison earlier this year on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other.

 

 

Barbour pushes for civil rights museum funding

Posted 3/31/2011 in State

Gov. Haley Barbour is pressing lawmakers to resolve funding for a Mississippi civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum, saying he wants both to be open in downtown Jackson when the state marks its bicentennial in 2017.

 

 

Columbus women charged with defrauding food stamp program

Posted 3/30/2011 in State

Two Columbus women were among four Mississippi residents charged with welfare fraud, the state Department of Human Services said.

 

 

Lawmakers send animal cruelty bill to governor

Posted 3/30/2011 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have passed an animal cruelty bill that includes a felony charge.

 

 

Hail, possible tornado hit central Miss.

Posted 3/30/2011 in State

Authorities say wind damaged more than 40 homes in central Mississippi, hail the size of golf balls and quarters pounded some areas and heavy rains flooded roads and homes.

 

 

Study: Miss., Ala. have nation's worst eating habits

Posted 3/30/2011 in State

Americans are getting fatter, and the diets that have led to ever-expanding waistlines are only getting worse, according to a new report that ranks Mississippi first and Alabama second for the worst eating habits in the United States.

 

 

House kerfluffle: Lawmaker throws bill at colleague

Posted 3/29/2011 in State

Several Mississippi House members said they were outraged Monday when one lawmaker threw a bill at a colleague during a floor debate.

 

 

Bill targeting uninsured motorists sent to governor

Posted 3/25/2011 in State

Lawmakers are targeting the 28 percent of Mississippi motorists who are uninsured.

 

 

Analysis: Remapping sets tone for coming decade

Posted 3/21/2011 in State

To hear some people tell it, Mississippi's legislative redistricting process is one step toward a fiery political Apocalypse.

 

 

POLITICO: Barbour aide out after Japan joke (link)

Posted 3/15/2011 in State

 

Barbour presidential bid focuses on economy, jobs

Posted 3/14/2011 in State

Previewing a presidential campaign pitch, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is blaming President Barack Obama for the sluggish recovery and accusing him of enacting a series of policies that "created economic uncertainty or directly hurt the economy."

 

MHP officer saved from wrecked car

Posted 3/10/2011 in State

VICKSBURG -- A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer from Vicksburg escaped unharmed after an on-duty wreck Tuesday night landed his patrol car upside down in rising water.

 

 

Storms dump rain on Miss.; flooding main concern

Posted 3/9/2011 in State

A heavy storm system dumped five to seven inches of rain in areas of Mississippi, leaving officials concerned about flash flooding.

 

 

Panel unveils Mississippi Senate redistricting proposal

Posted 3/8/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A proposal to redraw the 52 Mississippi Senate districts quickly gained some support when released on Monday, but politics at the Capitol could derail it with the lieutenant governor saying he plans to produce his own revamped map.

 

 

Ex-NASA manager's conviction upheld in Miss. case

Posted 3/4/2011 in State

A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia on Friday upheld the conviction of a former chief of staff for NASA in a case stemming from a $600,000 contract awarded by the space agency to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm.

 

 

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