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Manning wins new trial in Starkville slayings

Posted 2/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi death row inmate has won a new trial after the state Supreme Court found Starkville Police Department investigators withheld evidence from prosecutors and defense attorneys that showed a key state witness lied.

House votes to remove graduation requirement to pass tests

Posted 2/13/2015 in State

The movement to allow Mississippi public high school students to graduate without passing four subject area tests continues to gain steam in the Legislature.

With Stewart leaving Daily Show, Molpus recalls his '15 seconds'

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

With the exception of five days in 2013, Dick Molpus has always been a big fan of Jon Stewart.

 

Miss. Senate passes bill to nix inspection stickers

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Some Mississippi senators haven't gotten an up-to-date vehicle safety inspection. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it, too.

 

 

Special education voucher plan passes in Senate

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools.

 

 

Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

 

Tagert considering bid for Nunnelee's vacant House seat

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert is considering a bid for former U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee's vacant House seat.

 

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

 

 

Autism insurance proposals advance in Miss. Legislature

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism screening, diagnosis and treatment on health plans sold in the state.

 

 

Reeves seeks $382M in tax cuts for companies and individuals

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing to phase in $382 million in tax cuts over 10 years.

 

 

House rejects state balanced budget amendment

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi voters may not get a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment in November requiring a balanced state budget.

 

 

Lt. Governor Reeves to propose cutting franchise tax

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

Embracing one of the business community's long-held tax reduction goals, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will propose eliminating the franchise tax on business capital today.

 

Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn't come from a political office.

Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi's attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, 11 other state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position.

 

Banned items found during prison shakedown

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

Officials say cellphones, shanks, prepaid credit cards and other contraband items have been found at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 

New Democrat Johnson has tough campaign ahead

Posted 2/9/2015 in State

Former state Sen. Tim Johnson jumped from Republican to Democrat last week to launch his campaign for Mississippi lieutenant governor, and he faces a difficult path in a state where the GOP controls seven of eight statewide offices and both chambers of the Legislature.

Nunnelee condolences come from White House, Caldwell classmates

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

In the final months of his life, fighting a losing battle against the effects of brain cancer and a stroke, Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi said he drew strength from a Bible verse about giving thanks to God in all circumstances.

 

House resurrects texting-while-driving ban it killed in 2014

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

In 2014, a bill to ban texting, emailing and social media use died a messy death in Mississippi's House of Representatives on the last night of the legislative session.

 

 

Probe of burning death continues in north Miss.

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

Authorities say they are still investigating the burning death of a woman in north Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. bill would honor late Sen. Turner

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

The Mississippi Senate has voted to name a segment of highway after a former lawmaker.

 

 

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