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10 young writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards

Posted 3/24/2016 in State

Vietnamese poet Ocean Vuong and fiction writer Catherine Lacey, a native of Tupelo, are among this year's 10 recipients of the Whiting Awards, $50,000 prizes given to young writers of exceptional promise.

 

 

Innocent bystander killed during Miss. police pursuit

Posted 3/23/2016 in State

An innocent bystander was killed when his car was struck by a suspected shoplifter leading police on a chase from a suburb into Mississippi's capital city, police said Tuesday.

 

 

Miss. senators seek to end personal campaign cash use

Posted 3/23/2016 in State

A Mississippi Senate committee Tuesday proposed to ban elected officials and candidates from spending campaign money on themselves, after Associated Press and Clarion-Ledger reports highlighted widespread personal use.

 

 

Attorneys argue over court role in Miss. flag dispute

Posted 3/23/2016 in State

Attorneys are arguing about whether a federal court has the power to decide if the Confederate battle emblem should be removed from the Mississippi flag.

 

 

Mississippi senators kill plan to widen vaccine exemptions

Posted 3/23/2016 in State

Mississippi senators have killed a proposal to expand medical exemptions to some of the strictest childhood vaccination requirements in the nation.

 

 

Will Gulf Shores beach booze ban bring breakers to Miss.?

Posted 3/22/2016 in State

Some college students are telling a Mississippi Gulf Coast television station that a ban on alcohol at a popular Alabama beach destination will bring more spring breakers to Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

Posted 3/22/2016 in State

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients.

 

 

Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: Road money lobbying heats up, as outcome unclear

Posted 3/21/2016 in State

Fights last week in the Mississippi Senate over a transportation spending bill that doesn't actually do anything yet indicate how intensely people are lobbying for and against more money for roads and bridges.

 

 

In Miss., retiring officials can pocket campaign cash

Posted 3/21/2016 in State

When former Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck shut down her campaign committee in the closing days of 2013, she took a parting gift -- the $158,342 remaining in the account.

 

 

Bill would allow school boards to appoint superintendents

Posted 3/19/2016 in State

 

 

Miss. Senate committee passes guns in church bill

Posted 3/18/2016 in State

A Mississippi Senate committee passed a bill Thursday that would allow guns in churches.

 

 

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.

 

 

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