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Autopsies set after deaths of Mississippi inmates

Posted 1/13/2021 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has announced the deaths of four inmates so far in 2021, and a private prison company has announced the death of one. An autopsy was to be done on each.



Meredith Anding Jr., member of the 'Tougaloo Nine,' dies

Posted 1/13/2021 in State

Meredith C. Anding Jr., a member of the "Tougaloo Nine," who famously participated in a library "read-in" in segregated Mississippi 60 years ago, has died. He was 79.



Mississippi governor signs law for flag without rebel emblem

Posted 1/12/2021 in State

Mississippi hoisted a new state flag without the Confederate battle emblem on Monday, just over six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the U.S. that included the divisive rebel symbol.



Analysis: Health care, education, incentives on 2021 agendas

Posted 1/11/2021 in State

With the Mississippi legislative session just beginning, officials are starting to reveal their public policy wish lists, including proposals to increase teacher pay and improve the availability of health care services.



Longtime officer is named police chief in Greenwood

Posted 1/11/2021 in State

A longtime police officer is moving up to become chief in a Mississippi city.


Mississippi governor: State will double number of COVID vaccination sites

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that the coronavirus vaccine rollout is not going fast enough in Mississippi. He said officials are working behind the scenes to "eliminate roadblocks" so more people can get vaccinated quickly.


Mississippi governor to sign law Monday for new state flag

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Mississippi will officially have a new state flag next week, featuring a magnolia and the phrase, "In God We Trust."



'Zombie law' cited in court fight over Mississippi marijuana

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi medical marijuana program say the state is using a "zombie law" about old congressional districts to defend how an initiative landed on the ballot.



Mississippi schools chief: Ease mandates on some tests

Posted 1/8/2021 in State

Mississippi high school students will take end-of-course exams and third graders will take mandated reading assessments this spring, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told lawmakers Wednesday.



New Mississippi flag without rebel symbol being put into law

Posted 1/7/2021 in State

Mississippi is updating its laws to include a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase "In God We Trust," six months after legislators ditched the last state flag in the U.S. that had the Confederate battle emblem.



Mississippi works to formalize new state flag without rebel icon

Posted 1/6/2021 in State

Mississippi is a short step from formally adopting a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase "In God We Trust" to replace a Confederate-themed flag legislators mothballed six months ago.



Mississippi legislators set to finalize magnolia-themed flag

Posted 1/5/2021 in State

Mississippi legislators are beginning their 2021 session Tuesday and one of their first tasks will be to finish adopting a new state flag that voters approved, with a magnolia blossom and the phrase, "In God We Trust."


Analysis: No clear path to erasing Mississippi income tax

Posted 1/4/2021 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he will ask legislators during the 2021 session to phase out the state personal income tax. The Republican should not count on it happening quickly -- and even with his party controlling the House and Senate, it might not happen at all.


Mississippi post office named for 3 officers killed on duty

Posted 1/4/2021 in State

A post office in Brookhaven, Mississippi, will be named for three local law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.



New Albany man credited with saving woman from burning home

Posted 1/4/2021 in State

A Mississippi woman is crediting a 19-year-old man for helping save her life when her house was on fire.


Hosemann: Teacher pay a priority in new session

Posted 12/30/2020 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday that giving teachers a pay raise will be the most important issue he pushes during the 2021 legislative session that opens next week.

Study: Kids get virus at gatherings more often than school

Posted 12/29/2020 in State

Children are more at risk of contracting the coronavirus at a social gathering than in a classroom or childcare setting, according to a study released by the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Mississippi defends initiatives in medical marijuana lawsuit

Posted 12/29/2020 in State

A mayor's lawsuit is making baseless arguments as it seeks to overturn a medical marijuana initiative that Mississippi voters approved, state attorneys said in court papers filed Monday.



Teen makes 'hugging booths' for nursing homes amid pandemic

Posted 12/29/2020 in State

A Mississippi 17-year-old created "hugging booths" for a local assisted living home as part of an Eagle Scout project so that families can embrace loved ones safely during the coronavirus pandemic.



Former Mississippi lawmaker dies with COVID-19 complications

Posted 12/29/2020 in State

A former Mississippi lawmaker died Monday after being hospitalized with pneumonia from COVID-19, his wife said.



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