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Miss. to regulate restraint and seclusion of students

Posted 3/18/2016 in State

The Mississippi Board of Education released a revised policy Thursday that for the first time regulates when public school students statewide can be physically restrained or placed in private spaces because of behavior problems.

 

 

Mississippi senators: Next president should nominate justice

Posted 3/17/2016 in State

Both of Mississippi's U.S. senators say they think the next president should nominate someone to fill a current vacancy on the Supreme Court.

 

 

Miss. senators preserve chance for road funding

Posted 3/17/2016 in State

Opponents are still heaping scorn on an empty vessel of a transportation funding package, but the bill remained alive Wednesday after the Mississippi Senate passed it 34-13.

 

 

DeSoto rated as healthiest county, while Coahoma rated worst

Posted 3/17/2016 in State

A new study finds that DeSoto County remains the healthiest county in Mississippi, while Coahoma County is considered the least healthy.

 

 

New figures show Miss. has nation's worst jobless rate

Posted 3/16/2016 in State

Mississippi's jobless rate is worst among the 50 states, dragged down in part by a low-growth state economy, according to U.S. Labor Department figures released Monday.

 

 

Bryant signs revision of small loan law

Posted 3/16/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that revises the state's regulation of small loan companies.

 

 

Mississippi senators barely keep chance for road money alive

Posted 3/16/2016 in State

The possibility of raising taxes or borrowing money to improve Mississippi's roads and bridges remains alive in the Legislature, but just barely.

 

 

NAACP: Plaque at Confederate statue must mention slavery

Posted 3/15/2016 in State

A plan to add context to a Confederate soldier statue at the University of Mississippi is a failure because a proposed plaque does not mention slavery as the central issue in the Civil War, the campus NAACP says.

 

 

Miss. Senate panel could consider gas tax increase

Posted 3/15/2016 in State

A legislative panel will consider whether to increase Mississippi's gasoline tax and put additional registration fees on vehicles to help pay for highway and bridge repairs.

 

 

State spent almost $1B on post-Katrina jobs

Posted 3/15/2016 in State

The Mississippi Center for Justice is keeping tabs on jobs created with almost $1 billion the federal government granted after Hurricane Katrina.

 

Gulfport rep leads Black Caucus

Posted 3/14/2016 in State

Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes of Gulfport is stepping into a new leadership role as chairwoman of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus.

 

River floods threaten after rains deluge much of Mississippi

Posted 3/12/2016 in State

Soaked Mississippians turned concerns from flash flooding to rising rivers as rain kept falling across the state on Friday.

 

 

Ole Miss adding plaque with context for Confederate statue

Posted 3/12/2016 in State

A Confederate soldier statue that has stood for generations in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus will soon be accompanied by a plaque giving it historical context.

 

 

Tax cut proposals moving forward at Mississippi Capitol

Posted 3/11/2016 in State

The Mississippi Senate voted 38-10 Thursday to phase out the corporate franchise tax, reduce the individual and corporate income tax and give a tax break to self-employed people.

 

 

Murder suspect who escaped jail killed after holding family

Posted 3/11/2016 in State

An escaped murder suspect with little to lose made a desperate move before dawn Thursday, breaking into a house at knifepoint and holding a husband, wife and son hostage for hours in a bathroom.

 

 

Reeves, senators renew push for $575M in tax cuts

Posted 3/10/2016 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Republican senators are renewing their effort to push through a $575 million package of tax cuts, even as Mississippi officials consider a revenue shortfall and the prospect of raising other taxes for transportation.

 

 

Man gets second plea hearing over noose on Ole Miss statue

Posted 3/10/2016 in State

 

 

Tom Brokaw to deliver Ole Miss commencement address

Posted 3/10/2016 in State

NBC's Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw returns to Oxford, Mississippi, to deliver the 163rd Ole Miss commencement address.

 

Trump, Clinton big winners at Miss. polls

Posted 3/9/2016 in State

There was little drama attached to Tuesday's presidential primaries in Mississippi, where party front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won easily.

 

SC lawmaker: Remove rebel emblem from Miss. flag

Posted 3/9/2016 in State

A South Carolina lawmaker is joining other black leaders in calling for Mississippi to change the last state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

 

 

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