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Judge OKs delay in Dutschke sentencing

Posted 4/9/2014 in State

A federal judge has granted a request to provide the attorney for a 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials more time to review a pre-sentencing report.

 

Study: Most states improve election performance

Posted 4/8/2014 in State

A new report by a nonpartisan public policy group says Americans spent an average of three minutes less standing in line to vote in the 2012 presidential election than they did four years earlier. An exception was Florida, where the wait increased by 16 minutes.

 

Cochran runs ads against 'powerful interests'

Posted 4/8/2014 in State

Out-of-state groups on Monday continued pouring money into Mississippi's Republican primary, criticizing Sen. Thad Cochran for staying in office too long. The six-term lawmaker responded with his own ads against challenger Chris McDaniel.

 

 

2014 session: Justice, teacher pay top issues

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers used their 2014 session to enact substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system, give pay raises to teachers and a few thousand lower-paid state employees and put more money into training new state troopers.

 

 

Missing girl may be flood victim in Yazoo City

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

Police in Yazoo City say a 9-year-old girl has been missing since Sunday evening, when she was last seen playing in flood waters outside the back door of her home.

 

 

Natchez looking to catch 'poopetrators'

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

After a pile of complaints from residents and tourists about a stinky problem downtown, the City of Natchez is on "poop patrol."

 

 

Woman lands in jail on visiting day

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

A woman visiting the Warren County Jail is now in the jail herself.

 

 

Miss. Gaming Commission to study online gambling

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

Mississippi's chief gambling regulator is heading up a group that will gather data on how Internet gambling and sports betting are working other states.

 

 

Federal court dismisses Miss. appeal

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

A federal appeals court panel has overturned a lower court's ordered granting an appeal hearing in a Mississippi robbery and aggravated assault case.

 

Gipson wields influence in 2014 legislative session

Posted 4/7/2014 in State

During the 2014 Mississippi legislative session, one of the most influential lawmakers was Rep. Andy Gipson, chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee. The Republican from Braxton was a main sponsor of the session's most complex legislation, House Bill 585, a package designed to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

 

Court: Prisoner can get workers' comp

Posted 4/5/2014 in State

A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers' compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled.

 

 

Two prison guards charged after contraband found

Posted 4/5/2014 in State

Two guards at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County are charged with trying to sneak contraband items into the prison in food.

 

 

Woman faces up to 76 years in meth case

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Warren County prosecutors say a Bolton woman faces up to 76 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday on methamphetamine charges.

 

 

Texting-while-driving ban rejected by Miss. House

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

The state House says it's OK, so Mississippi drivers can text away. House members killed a texting-while-driving ban Wednesday night on a voice vote in the closing minutes of the 2014 Legislature.

 

 

Miss. governor signs religious practices bill

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

 

 

Holmes Co. sheriff to seek ban on pit bulls

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Holmes County sheriff wants to ban pit bulls days after a family's dogs killed a 3-year-old boy.

 

 

Lawmakers finish state budget, end 2014 session

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session Wednesday night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1.

 

 

Costs rise another $177 million at Kemper plant

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion.

 

 

Miss. House rejects special education vouchers

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students.

 

 

Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.

 

 

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