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Court won't revive suit over Confederate-themed state flag

Posted 4/1/2017 in State

A federal appeals court has blocked an African-American attorney's effort to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. He says he'll take the case to the Supreme Court.



Lottery? Miss. House leader setting group to study it

Posted 4/1/2017 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he will appoint a committee to study the pros and cons of creating a state lottery.



Mississippi Legislature ends session with budgets unfinished

Posted 3/30/2017 in State

The Mississippi Legislature ended its 2017 regular session Wednesday, but will have to return later to pass budgets for the attorney general's office and the Department of Transportation.



Spice maker to open Marshall Co. warehouse, hiring 48

Posted 3/30/2017 in State

McCormick & Co. will open a distribution center in north Mississippi, investing $6 million in equipment and hiring 48 workers.



Lawmakers say Bryant can use another $50M to cover deficits

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers Tuesday gave Gov. Phil Bryant permission to withdraw another $50 million from state reserves to cover deficits in the budget year that ends June 30.



Execution statute, with firing squad, heads to Miss. governor

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

Lawmakers want Mississippi to change how it handles executions, with changes meant to overcome legal challenges to execution drugs, and possibly allow the state to use electrocution and the firing squad as death penalty methods.



Domestic abuse divorce bill moves ahead

Posted 3/29/2017 in State

A bill defining domestic violence in is on its way to the governor's desk.



Journalist Wilson 'Bill' Minor dies; covered civil rights

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Wilson F. "Bill" Minor, a journalist who chronicled Mississippi through almost 70 years of change including its turbulent struggle over civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Jackson. He was 94.



Talks break down over Mississippi transportation spending

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Mississippi House and Senate leaders publicly bickered but failed to agree on a transportation spending plan before a Monday night deadline, likely forcing the governor to call lawmakers back for a special session before the budget year begins July 1.



Miss. governor approves outlawing of sanctuary cities

Posted 3/28/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status.



Miss. legislator calls budget 'deliberate wreckage'

Posted 3/27/2017 in State

The Mississippi legislature inched toward a budget Sunday, after a contentious process the day before.



Miss. lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."



15-pound boxes of catfish from Miss. company recalled

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming.



Bryant signs bill doubling penalties for anti-police crimes

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

People who commit crimes in Mississippi against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers will face doubled penalties starting July 1.



Budget pains Miss. lawmakers as revenue outlook cut

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

It's been obvious for months that Mississippi tax revenues have been lagging, and Friday was a day that legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant faced up to the fact.



Judge sanctions lawyer suing over Tupelo police shooting

Posted 3/26/2017 in State

A federal judge has sanctioned an attorney who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a Tupelo man by a police officer.



Seat belts in the back seat could become law in Miss.

Posted 3/24/2017 in State

Buckle up, Mississippi, because it could soon be the law, no matter where you sit in a car.



Campaign spending bill headed to Gov. Bryant's desk

Posted 3/23/2017 in State

Elected officials in Mississippi would no longer be able to use campaign money to subsidize their lifestyles or build retirement nest eggs under a bill likely to become law.



Credit card charge dropped against ex-Miss Mississippi

Posted 3/23/2017 in State

Authorities in Flora say a judge has dropped a credit card fraud charge against a former Miss Mississippi.



Lawmakers pass plan for faith-based advisory council

Posted 3/22/2017 in State

Lawmakers have given final passage to a plan sought by Gov. Phil Bryant to set up an advisory council on faith-based initiatives.



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