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No flush, no shower: Mississippi capital city in water pinch

Posted 3/11/2017 in State

Portable toilets are parked outside the Mississippi Capitol, city residents are stocking up on bottled water and restaurants are evaluating whether they can stay open with little or no water from the tap.

 

 

Miss. Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Posted 3/11/2017 in State

Senators moved Thursday to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi's school funding formula in coming weeks.

 

 

Mississippi House rolls out new roads, bridges funding plan

Posted 3/10/2017 in State

The Mississippi House is renewing efforts to pump money into transportation to address concerns that aging roads and bridges are hurting the state economy.

 

 

Divorce debate still rolling at Mississippi Capitol

Posted 3/10/2017 in State

The Mississippi Senate is reviving a proposal to make divorce less complicated for victims of domestic abuse.

 

Miss. House to colleges: Fly flag or lose tax break

Posted 3/9/2017 in State

Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.

 

Deadly bus-train wreck spurs call for safer rail crossings

Posted 3/9/2017 in State

The mayor of the Mississippi city where a train slammed into a bus, killing four Texas tourists, says he will keep working with the railroad to close some crossings and make others safer.

 

 

Firm cited for violating no-call rules, fined $240,000

Posted 3/9/2017 in State

Mississippi regulators have ordered a Florida company to pay a $240,000 fine for violating the state's ban on unwanted telemarketing.

 

 

Train hits bus carrying Texas tourists in Miss.; 4 die

Posted 3/8/2017 in State

A freight train crashed into a bus full of Texas tourists visiting Gulf Coast casinos, killing four in Biloxi.

 

 

Miss. lawmaker flips to support domestic abuse as divorce reason

Posted 3/7/2017 in State

A Mississippi lawmaker breathed life back into a proposal Monday to make domestic abuse a reason for divorce, after coming under fire recently for killing a similar measure.

 

 

Miss. statues at US Capitol up for discussion

Posted 3/7/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd be willing to talk about possibly replacing the statues that represent the state in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

 

 

Miss. Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

Posted 3/7/2017 in State

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield.

 

 

Mississippi legislators love to try to micromanage

Posted 3/6/2017 in State

Every year, Mississippi legislators deal with bills that could fall under the heading: Things You Shouldn't Have to Tell a Sensible Adult.

 

 

Nissan accused of wrongly blocking union activity at plant

Posted 3/4/2017 in State

The United Auto Workers union charges that Nissan Motor Co. broke federal labor law less than two days before a Mississippi rally where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to speak in favor of unionization.

 

 

Lawyers try to delay 'all-American' Argentine's deportation

Posted 3/4/2017 in State

Before she was arrested following an immigration protest, Daniela Vargas dreamed of earning her college degree in Mississippi, then becoming a math professor and soccer mom, driving three kids around in an SUV.

 

 

Ex-lawmaker sentenced to 6 years for bribes

Posted 3/4/2017 in State

Former Mississippi legislator Irb Benjamin was sentenced Friday to nearly six years in prison for bribes he paid to former state Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, but his sentence could be reduced if information he provided to investigators results in prosecutions of others in the bribery scandal.

 

 

Mississippi, Kansas authorities sort out deadly crime spree

Posted 3/3/2017 in State

Mississippi investigators joined counterparts in Kansas on Thursday, hoping to secure evidence and interview the suspect in a three-state crime spree that included two Mississippi slayings, a New Mexico carjacking and the shooting of a store clerk west of Wichita.

 

 

USDA: Drought disaster help in 79 of 82 Miss. counties

Posted 3/3/2017 in State

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought disaster aid is available in 79 of Mississippi's 82 counties -- and in 22 counties in adjacent states.

 

 

Miss. murder suspect's mayhem-fueled run ends in fiery crash

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A trail of mayhem that began last week in a suburban Mississippi apartment ended Wednesday morning when a stolen SUV chased by police flipped in a fiery crash in a rural Kansas field.

 

 

Trump budget hits Coast Guard ship, project of Sen. Cochran

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate a $600 million-plus state-of-the-art Coast Guard cutter that's a priority of the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

 

Legislator: No memorial signs for dilapidated highways

Posted 3/2/2017 in State

A Mississippi state representative tabled bills by senators to name highways after their constituents after the Senate killed a bill that would have provided funds for road repair.

 

 

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