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New US Rep. Kelly keeps most of his predecessor's staff

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's newest member of Congress is renting a tiny apartment in Washington and has hired most of his predecessor's staff.

 

 

Miss. charter board rejects Natchez school plan

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi's charter school agency rejected a Natchez charter school proposal Tuesday but voted to advance plans for two schools in Jackson proposed by RePublic Schools and could approve them in September.

 

 

Budget writer: Cuts possible if education measure passes

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

A top Mississippi budget writer is telling leaders of most state agencies to plan how they would cut spending in case voters approve a school funding initiative in November.

 

 

Mississippi joins states suing over new EPA water rule

Posted 7/8/2015 in State

Mississippi has joined in a lawsuit challenging a rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

 

Miss. flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

Posted 7/7/2015 in State

The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol.

Gov. Bryant receives human trafficking task force report

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

The fastest growing criminal industry does not involve illegal weapons or drugs. It involves the sale of human beings, and it's happening in Mississippi.

 

Tuition up this fall at 9 Miss. community colleges

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

Nine of Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges will raise charges on students this fall, with the average price of tuition and fees rising by 4 percent statewide.

 

 

2 charged in hair-raising thefts from Greenwood beauty shop

Posted 7/4/2015 in State

Two people have been charged with the theft of $6,700 worth of hair extensions and other items from a Greenwood beauty shop.

 

BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

Posted 7/3/2015 in State

More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

 

Head of rights group: Confederate emblems 'treason'

Posted 7/3/2015 in State

The national president of a civil-rights group says Confederate symbols represent "treason" and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag.

 

Ban on texting and driving begins today

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

A Mississippi law banning texting and driving goes into effect today.

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father's estate.

 

No immediate high court action on Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it.

 

 

Protesters: Remove Confederate sign from Miss. flag

Posted 6/30/2015 in State

Protesters are calling on Mississippi to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, saying it's a divisive symbol that fails to represent a state where more than one-third of residents are African-American.

 

Analysis: Confederate emblem affects Miss. election dynamic

Posted 6/29/2015 in State

The racially sensitive topic of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag was clearly was not on Republican Gov. Phil Bryant's agenda entering this election year.

 

Vicksburg park removes some Confederate items from store

Posted 6/27/2015 in State

Most souvenirs that feature the Confederate battle flag have been removed from the bookstore at Vicksburg National Military Park, home to a Civil War battlefield.

 

 

Bryant: No special session on Miss. flag

Posted 6/26/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he will not call Mississippi lawmakers back to the Capitol for an election-year special session to consider removing a Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

 

 

More than 75K in Miss. keep insurance subsidies

Posted 6/26/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republicans who criticized the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies that are a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

 

City of Tupelo awarded top municipal honor in Mississippi

Posted 6/26/2015 in State

The city of Tupelo has received a top honor among Mississippi municipalities by winning the Mississippi Municipal League Overall Award for Excellence for 2015.

 

 

GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Miss. flag

Posted 6/25/2015 in State

Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators said Wednesday that the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag.

 

 

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