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Second appeal asks high court to block Mississippi LGBT law

Posted 10/31/2017 in State

A second appeal has been filed by same-sex marriage supporters who want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Mississippi law letting government workers and business people cite religious objections to refuse services to LGBT people.



Events seek civil discourse on Confederate symbols

Posted 10/30/2017 in State

Confederate images evoke strong feelings, and discussions about the public display of flags or monuments can quickly turn rancorous.



Judge allows new route to challenge Mississippi LGBT law

Posted 10/28/2017 in State

A gay rights group is getting another chance to challenge a Mississippi law that lets government workers and private business people cite their own religious beliefs to refuse services to LGBT people.



Attorneys: Confederate emblem causes unequal treatment

Posted 10/28/2017 in State

Attorneys say in written arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court that the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is "an official endorsement of white supremacy" and lower courts were wrong to block a lawsuit challenging the flag.



Credit agency: Court decision could hurt school finances

Posted 10/28/2017 in State

A credit rating agency is warning that Mississippi school districts could feel more financial pressure after the state Supreme Court's decision that the Legislature isn't obligated to fully fund a school budget formula.



Burning cross in Mississippi is under investigation

Posted 10/27/2017 in State

Authorities in Mississippi are looking into what led someone to burn a cross.



Mississippi to resume teaching 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Posted 10/26/2017 in State

A Mississippi school district will resume teaching "To Kill A Mockingbird" after the book was pulled from a junior high reading list.



Mississippi superintendent says purchasing methods improve

Posted 10/24/2017 in State

Mississippi's state superintendent of education says her department is tightening accounting and purchasing procedures, weeks after it was accused of illegally issuing some contracts without taking bids.



Biofuel company announces plans for Natchez refinery

Posted 10/24/2017 in State

A British company aims to build a $300 million refinery in southwest Mississippi to turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel.



Mississippi launches next push on college degree completion

Posted 10/23/2017 in State

Mississippi's community colleges and universities are preparing to send 40,000 letters urging former students to check how close they are to a diploma.



Cochran's illness raises what-if scenarios in Mississippi

Posted 10/23/2017 in State

A Mississippi senator's frail appearance on Capitol Hill this week raises questions that make some of his home-state supporters downright queasy.



Mississippi could sue solar panel maker that owes $74.8M

Posted 10/21/2017 in State

Mississippi officials are considering whether to sue a solar panel maker that recently announced it will be closing its Hattiesburg plant, which had received millions in loans and incentives from the state.



Mississippi high court: School budget formula is not binding

Posted 10/21/2017 in State

The Mississippi Legislature does not have an obligation to fully fund a school budget formula that was put into law two decades ago, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in upholding a ruling from a lower court.



Cochran back at work, faces questions on health

Posted 10/20/2017 in State

Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is back at work in Washington after a health setback and facing questions about whether he's up for the rigors of his job.



At Mississippi school: Goodbye, Confederacy. Hello, Obama

Posted 10/19/2017 in State

A Mississippi school is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States.



'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

Posted 10/17/2017 in State

The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict. What followed was confusion.


Burning death trial on 2nd day of jury deliberations

Posted 10/16/2017 in State

A second day of jury deliberation starts today in the trial of a Mississippi man charged in the burning death of a woman.


Analysis: Wicker praises Trump as '18 Senate race approaches

Posted 10/16/2017 in State

Facing a potential Republican primary battle in 2018, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is stepping up his praise of President Donald Trump, who won the state with 58 percent of the vote last November.



Investigator: Man charged with burning woman changed story

Posted 10/14/2017 in State

A man charged with fatally burning a 19-year-old Mississippi woman acknowledged that he was with her on the evening she was set on fire after repeatedly denying it during interrogations, an investigator said Friday.



Trial set for Miss. man indicted in killing of 2 nuns

Posted 10/14/2017 in State

A Feb. 12 trial has been set for a Mississippi man in the 2016 killing of two nuns who worked as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest parts of the U.S.



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