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Mississippi Democratic odds improve, but stay long

Posted earlier today in State

Does Hillary Clinton really have a chance of winning Mississippi's six electoral votes? Not likely. Are Democrats more competitive in the Magnolia State's presidential contest than they used to be? Maybe. Will Clinton fare better against Donald Trump in Mississippi than in every neighboring state? The prognosticators all think so.

 

 

Civil-rights marchers: US still needs to address inequality

Posted earlier today in State

A half-century ago, thousands joined a march across Mississippi to challenge a system that condoned violence against black people and suppressed their rights -- issues still reverberating in today's national debates about police violence.

 

 

Emails: Group asked Bryant for religious objections order

Posted 7/23/2016 in State

Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.

 

 

Officials: Miss. immigration agent shoots man after traffic stop

Posted 7/22/2016 in State

The shooting of a man who didn't speak English by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in Mississippi is under investigation, authorities said.

 

 

Physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps

Posted 7/21/2016 in State

A defense lawyer said that a Jackson physician indicted on federal bribery charges fell victim to a "shakedown" by former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.

 

 

Utility regulator seeks phone app to report telemarketers

Posted 7/21/2016 in State

Mississippi's Public Service Commission wants to create a cellphone application for consumers to report unwanted telemarketing calls.

 

 

Appeals court overturns conviction of former Southaven mayor

Posted 7/20/2016 in State

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get a new trial on fraud and embezzlement charges after Mississippi's Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that prosecutors failed to prove Davis could get a fair trial in DeSoto County.

 

 

Attorney: Lawsuit does not seek to close charter schools

Posted 7/19/2016 in State

An attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center says the group is not trying to close charter schools in Mississippi, but is only trying to have the schools' funding formula declared unconstitutional.

 

 

Miss. GOP delegates applaud Trump pick of Pence for VP

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

Mississippi delegates to the Republican National Convention are praising Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

 

 

Analysis: Miss. charter schools debated on many fronts

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The political debate about charter schools has been rumbling for years in the Mississippi Capitol and in the broader forum of public opinion.

 

 

State spends millions planning unbuilt road

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The state of Mississippi has spent $158.5 million on a road that does not exist. State and county leaders began planning 22 years ago for a road to connect Interstate 10 and the state Port of Gulfport.

 

 

Episcopal leader Gray, advocate for civil rights, dies at 89

Posted 7/18/2016 in State

The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray Jr., a civil-rights advocate and retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, died Friday. He was 89.

 

 

Man charged in burning death of woman pleads not guilty

Posted 7/16/2016 in State

An ex-convict who left Mississippi last year as authorities tried to determine who killed a young woman in their small town appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge.

 

 

Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint, dies

Posted 7/16/2016 in State

Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. Deputy Coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark tell The Clarion-Ledger they found Seaberry late Thursday in his back bedroom at the lounge.

 

 

Mississippi lawmakers to examine taxes and spending

Posted 7/15/2016 in State

Mississippi legislative leaders are appointing groups to study tax policies and examine state spending.

 

 

Mississippi leaders divided on religious-beliefs law appeal

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

Mississippi's Democratic attorney general said Wednesday that he won't join the Republican governor in appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked a state law on religious objections to gay marriage.

 

 

Lawsuit seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A new lawsuit seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi, arguing that they violate the state constitution by making school districts share property tax collections with schools they don't supervise or control.

 

 

Man pleads guilty in transgender teen's death

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A Mississippi man accused of killing a transgender teen pleaded guilty Tuesday in county court.

 

 

State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson's control over the state's largest airport.

 

 

Miss. district appeals desegregation order

Posted 7/14/2016 in State

A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge's order in a long-running desegregation case.

 

 

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