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Harrah's announces it will close Tunica casino

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The long decline of what was once the nation's third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi's Tunica County announced it would close.

 

 

Founders sell majority of Newk's restaurant chain

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The owners of the Mississippi-based Newk's Eatery restaurants have sold a majority of the company to a New York investment firm.

 

 

Records disputes could go to ethics group

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

The Mississippi Ethics Commission could gain power to settle disputes over requests for public records.

 

 

Law could cut cost of getting public records

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records.

 

 

Charter nominations go to full Senate

Posted 3/26/2014 in State

A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state's first charter school governing board.

 

 

Arguments set on 2012 abortion clinic law

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state's only abortion clinic.

 

 

Lawmakers enter final days of budget writing

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year.

 

 

Governor signs welfare drug-testing bill

Posted 3/25/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a welfare drug-testing bill on Monday, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash.

 

 

Inmates attempt to sneak drugs into jail

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Two Alcorn County regional jail inmates are being returned to the state penitentiary in Parchman after attempting to smuggle drugs and contraband into the Corinth facility.

 

 

Miss. court denies extra compensation to ex-inmate

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi says Frank Sanders Tipton is due $41,097 for the 300 days he was wrongfully incarcerated in prison.

 

 

Man shot while fishing in Rankin Co.

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

A man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot multiple times while fishing with his three sons.

 

 

Combs endorses Canton union push

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Sean "Diddy" Combs is adding his support those seeking a union at Nissan Motor Co. Combs endorsed the effort by video at a free pro-union concert by rapper Common Friday night at Jackson State University.

 

 

Mississippi legislative voting often confusing

Posted 3/24/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers consider hundreds of bills each year. While most votes are straightforward, House and Senate operating rules can make it difficult for spectators -- or even new lawmakers -- to understand what's happening when legislation passes or fails.

 

Competitor fights Miss. Silicon permit

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

A competitor's effort to question an air pollution permit for a planned Tishomingo County silicon metal refinery has spilled into court.

 

Federal school report highlights Miss. disparities

Posted 3/22/2014 in State

Black students in Mississippi are much more likely to be taught by rookie teachers, and black males are suspended at the second-highest rates in the country.

 

 

Presley issues consumer alert regarding billing scam

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley warned consumers to be on guard against scammers that have been targeting Mississippi utility customers.

 

 

Several shots fired into Hattiesburg Islamic Center

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Hattiesburg police are investigating an incident in which several shots were fired into the Islamic Center.

 

 

DeSoto County bans use of e-cigarettes

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

DeSoto County has added electronic cigarettes to a local smoking ban in government buildings.

 

 

Parties dismiss suit over execution drug info

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections and attorneys for a death row inmate have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over release of information on execution drugs and suppliers.

 

 

Mississippi legislators OK final version of criminal justice bill

Posted 3/21/2014 in State

Legislation to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval Thursday from state lawmakers.

 

 

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