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Governor Candidate Profile: Dave Dennis

Posted 7/29/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Dave Dennis says he's running for Mississippi governor because he believes the state will face "a phenomenal leadership void" when Haley Barbour leaves office after two terms, and he believes he can fill it.



Governor Candidate Profile: Bill Luckett

Posted 7/27/2011 in State

CLARKSDALE -- Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale. "That whole summer, I had no fingerprints.



Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in State

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Governor Candidate Profile: Johnny Dupree

Posted 7/26/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Democrat Johnny DuPree points to his record as Hattiesburg mayor to show what he'd like to do if he's elected governor of Mississippi.



16th Circuit Drug Court ready to accept referrals

Posted 7/26/2011 in State

The 16th Circuit District Drug Court started accepting referrals of non-violent first-time offenders this past week at the start of the Clay County Circuit Court term.



Alcorn school district unveils solar power system

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

CORINTH -- New solar collection panels will be used to teach students and bring in money for Alcorn County Schools, officials say.



Police: Repo man dragged car owner down driveway

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

CHULAHOMA -- A tow truck driver from Horn Lake was held on $200,000 bond Sunday after allegedly dragging a man 85 feet down a gravel driveway while repossessing a car in Marshall County.



Miss. eminent domain initiative in court

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear high-stakes arguments Monday over a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent governments from taking property for anything but a public project.



Federal judge: Biofuels deal was a scam

Posted 7/25/2011 in State

NATCHEZ -- A federal judge agrees with regulators' charges against a man who claimed he had developed a revolutionary process to more than double fuel production from soybeans -- and to do so without waste or the tiniest bit of pollution.



Field grows in race for Mississippi House speaker

Posted 7/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The race for Mississippi House speaker is attracting more candidates, with Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown becoming the latest lawmaker to say he wants to become presiding officer of the 122-member chamber.



Barbour says he's pursuing Mississippi jobs in California

Posted 7/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he's spending several days in California "chasing jobs" and calling on companies that have investments in his home state.



MSU architecture prof honored for Katrina recovery work

Posted 7/19/2011 in State

BILOXI -- A Mississippi State University architecture professor who helped in the coastal rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina is being honored today at the White House.



DUI arrests this holiday weekend top 2010 total

Posted 7/5/2011 in State

More than 200 people were arrested for DUIs in Mississippi over Independence Day weekend -- 44 more than in 2010 -- according to the state Highway Patrol.



Analysis: Rethinking relationships between judges, lawyers

Posted 6/21/2011 in State

The corruption case involving Paul Minor and two former Harrison County jurists has changed forever the relationships between Mississippi judges and lawyers, a federal public defender says.



Ex-mega church minister faces harassment lawsuit in Jackson

Posted 6/18/2011 in State

A former employee of a Jackson mega church has filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against the church and its former pastor.



Biloxi PD search for suspects in garage beating, robbery

Posted 6/18/2011 in State

Police are searching for three men suspected of beating and robbing a man in a Biloxi parking garage after the suspects gave him a ride.



Signs to honor state's notables

Posted 6/13/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi highways are peppered with signs honoring sports figures, civil rights figures, military heroes and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, among others. More will come this year. The 2011 Legislature authorized 21 signs to be erected along Mississippi roads to honor individuals or groups.



Lightning hits Miss. military base; 77 to hospital

Posted 6/8/2011 in State

CAMP SHELBY -- Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said.


Columbus Rep. Smith to run as Republican

Posted 6/2/2011 in State

Longtime state Rep. Jeff Smith of Columbus switched to the Republican Party just before Wednesday's qualifying deadline for legislative races, and he said he still plans to run for the open spot of Mississippi House speaker in January.


Bounds: Early learning essential

Posted 5/25/2011 in State

Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Columbus.



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