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First female Miss. National Guard general dies

Posted 1/18/2014 in State

Maj. Gen. Catherine S. Lutz, the first female general officer in the history of the Mississippi National Guard, has died. She was 58.

 

Lawmakers move to restore Voting Rights Act

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Four states -- Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced Thursday to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. approving new Common Core materials

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization.

 

 

Medical group: Teach children good health habits

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

The president of the Mississippi State Medical Association said Thursday that teaching children about exercise and proper nutrition could be a long-term way to help reverse some of the state's terrible health trends.

 

 

Public Records Act changes sought

Posted 1/17/2014 in State

Mississippi Ethics Commission director Tom Hood and good government groups are asking the Legislature to give the agency more authority to enforce the state's Public Records Act.

 

 

House passes welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The Mississippi House engaged in a contentious four-hour debate Wednesday before voting largely along party lines to pass a bill that would require drug testing for some people applying for welfare.

 

 

Universities seek $20M to fund aid formula

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

The board that oversees state-run universities in Mississippi says it needs more money to complete the transition to a new formula for dispensing funds to the state's eight public universities.

 

 

Company seeks change in Mississippi helmet law

Posted 1/16/2014 in State

A company that plans to make a three-wheeled vehicle is seeking a change in Mississippi's helmet law.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Among inspirational books, seed catalogs may be tops

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Forty years ago, a big old room at the big old Extension Service Building at Mississippi State University took on a mustier-than-usual smell about this time every year.

 

Economist: Government is top employer in Mississippi

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Government is Mississippi's largest employer these days, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Tuesday.

 

Welfare drug testing bill advances to House

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

The Mississippi House is expected to vote Wednesday on a welfare drug testing bill that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing, weeks after a judge struck down a similar law in Florida.

 

 

Mississippian named to EPA job in Atlanta

Posted 1/15/2014 in State

Former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Toney has been named regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Atlanta.

 

Gunn: Teachers deserve salary increase

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn on Monday repeated his support for an across-the-board teacher pay raise this year. But the Republican said it will be weeks before lawmakers will know how much money is available to put into raises.

 

Supreme Court denies Killen second look

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a rehearing request from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. death penalty case before high court

Posted 1/14/2014 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court consideration of an appeal from a woman on Mississippi's death row has been delayed.

 

 

Kmart's claims against Kroger set for trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth.

 

 

Mississippi death row inmate seeking new trial

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

Mississippi death row inmate Caleb Corrothers argues he deserves a new trial because a Lafayette County judge refused to allow an expert to testify about the reliability of eyewitness identification.

 

 

Camp Shelby looks to future in cyberspace, drones

Posted 1/13/2014 in State

As Camp Shelby's role as the National Guard's largest mobilization center is winding down, its leaders are focusing now on a future in cyberspace and drones for the facility.

 

Ex-Republican runs as Dem for Senate

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Bill Marcy said Friday that he's changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

 

Former Reagan spokesman, Speakes dies at 74

Posted 1/12/2014 in State

Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, died Friday in his native Mississippi. He was 74.

 

 

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