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Sheriffs question inmate shift from county programs to state

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

Mississippi sheriffs say they are dismayed and puzzled by Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher's decision to abolish a program that sends inmates to 30 county jails.

 

Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

Posted 5/3/2015 in State

The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn't ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme.

 

 

Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday.

 

 

Gov. Bryant expects to name new College Board member soon

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

Mississippi Gov. Bryant says he will act quickly to choose a new state College Board member after he moved one of his own recently confirmed board nominees into a different job.

 

 

Man gets maximum prison term in rundown death of black man

Posted 5/1/2015 in State

A final pair of sentencings Thursday was supposed to wrap up the long-running federal prosecution into a group of young white men and women whose repeated assaults on African-Americans in Mississippi's capital city ended in the 2011 death of an autoworker.

 

 

Top candidate to lead Community College Board withdraws

Posted 4/30/2015 in State

Mississippi's Community College Board is likely to restart its search for an executive director after the candidate favored by half the 10-member board withdrew following a five-month stalemate over hiring her.

 

 

Elvis kitsch from Graceland Too museum back on auction block

Posted 4/30/2015 in State

A huge, quirky collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia is about to be auctioned off piece-by-piece.

 

 

102-year-old woman, dogs rescued from burning home

Posted 4/29/2015 in State

Two Mississippi men helped to rescue a 102-year-old neighbor and her dogs from a fire at her home.

 

 

Nissan gives $500,000 to Miss. history museums

Posted 4/28/2015 in State

Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson.

 

 

Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

Posted 4/28/2015 in State

A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there's a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote.

 

 

Aide to Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge

Posted 4/25/2015 in State

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

 

 

Bryant vetoes bill he calls weak on ditching Common Core

Posted 4/24/2015 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday vetoed a bill that some lawmakers said would move Mississippi away from the Common Core academic standards adopted by this state and many others.

 

 

Barbour: Mississippi needs 'salt-and-pepper' party diversity

Posted 4/22/2015 in State

Mississippi and the nation would be better served with more racial diversity within the Democratic and Republican parties, former Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday at one of the state's historically black universities.

 

 

Convicted synthetic drug dealer sentenced to 120 years

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for trafficking spice online.

 

 

Analysis: Over a dozen to get wrongful conviction payments

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

More than a dozen people will be compensated by the state of Mississippi this year for being wrongfully convicted of crimes, including one from Lowndes County and two from Noxubee County.

 

 

Group starts new Miss. term-limits ballot initiative

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

A group is starting a ballot initiative that proposes limiting Mississippi lawmakers and statewide elected officials to two consecutive four-year terms in the same office.

 

 

Suit: Miss. lethal injections are unconstitutional

Posted 4/21/2015 in State

Two Mississippi prisoners condemned to death are challenging the legality of the state's lethal injection procedures.

 

 

$1.6M flows into Congressional election

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The race for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District representative has more than $1.6 million being thrown around.

 

 

Glenn Boyce named higher education chief

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner.

 

 

Mississippi law could expand autism services

Posted 4/16/2015 in State

Brian and Laura Beth Johnston of Madison learned in December that their 4-year-old son, Fraiser, has autism.

 

 

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