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Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.



Ex-Ohio death row inmate says not guilty to threat

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

OTTAWA, Ohio -- A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.



Federal judge, W. Allen Pepper Jr. dies

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

GREENVILLE -- U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., appointed to the bench in 1999 by President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday.



Lawmakers, others laud Phil Bryant's speech

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some reaction to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first State of the State address Tuesday night:



Bryant unveils policy details in State of State

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Phil Bryant used his first State of the State address Tuesday evening to unveil detailed policy proposals, from education to health care to energy, saying he wants to create a "Mississippi Works Agenda."



December state jobless rate dips to 10.4 percent

Posted 1/25/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force.



MDAH awards preservation, landmark grants, appoints Carpenter to board

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Church of the Annunciation in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants.



Proposals could limit governor's pardon power

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers might ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's power to pardon convicted criminals, the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee said Monday.



Judge delays decision on pardoned inmates

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Mississippi judge on Monday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor.



Bryant speech to give policy direction for Mississippi

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll reveal detailed policy proposals during his first State of the State address.



Annunciation church awarded preservation grant

Posted 1/24/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.



Movie set to film in Oxford

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.



Marion County students could get cash

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- In Marion County, they're giving students cash for going to school. A local business group has decided to donate $200 to each of the county's four high schools so officials can pay the sum to a student with perfect attendance.



Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.



Hattiesburg woman charged in DUI death

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A 37-year-old Hattiesburg woman is in the Forrest County Jail charged with driving-under-the-influence/causing death or mutilation.



Man found guilty in second murder trial

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

MERIDIAN -- Julius Wesley Kiker, of Lucedale, has been convicted for a second time in the shooting death of his wife, Renee Kiker, at their Lucedale home on March 6, 2002.



Budget cuts recommended for health care programs

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million.



2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.



Mississippi casinos win more in December

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010.



Celebrity rooster back home in Ocean Springs

Posted 1/21/2012 in State

Carl the rooster is back in Ocean Springs. Carl is one of a small band of roaming roosters who have become a quirky novelty of downtown Ocean Springs.



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