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Officials: Hattiesburg visitor could have spread measles

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi officials say they're investigating whether a traveler passing through Mississippi may have infected people with measles.



Mississippi raises high-stakes reading bar for third graders

Posted yesterday in State

More than 35,000 Mississippi third graders sat down in front of computer this week to take reading tests, facing a state mandate to "level up" or not advance to fourth grade. But with the bar set higher this year, state and local officials expect more students will fail the initial test, even with efforts to improve teaching.



Ex-sheriff gets 6 years in prison over drug dealer bribes

Posted yesterday in State

A former Mississippi sheriff who admitted to extorting bribes from a drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.



Mississippi: Automatic renewal on hunting, fishing licenses

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi is offering an option for people to automatically renew their hunting or fishing licenses.



Mississippi woman dies following rescue from flash flooding

Posted 4/19/2019 in State

A central Mississippi woman has died days after being rescued from a flash flood. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart tells WLBT-TV that 44-year-old that Malisa Wortham died Tuesday at a local hospital.



Mississippi drivers can put flag minus rebel X on license plate

Posted 4/18/2019 in State

Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem will soon be able to display one on their license plate.



Mississippi governor signs $1,500 pay raise for teachers

Posted 4/17/2019 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday to give teachers and assistant teachers a $1,500 pay raise during the year that begins July 1.



Mississippi tornado count rises to 19 in Saturday outbreak

Posted 4/17/2019 in State

The National Weather Service now counts 19 tornadoes that hit Mississippi on Saturday.



Third casino in Mississippi's Tunica County to close

Posted 4/17/2019 in State

A casino company announced Tuesday that it's closing a gambling hall in Mississippi's Tunica County, the third casino to close in the area since 2014 in the face of increasing competition and declining revenues.



Food stamp investigator gets 39 months for extortion plea

Posted 4/17/2019 in State

A former Mississippi food stamp fraud investigator has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.



Mississippi lottery board adopts rules on ethics and records

Posted 4/16/2019 in State

The governing board for the upcoming Mississippi Lottery is setting rules for ethics and public records.



Tornadoes hit more than 250 buildings across Mississippi

Posted 4/16/2019 in State

Early assessments show Saturday's tornado outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi.



Analysis: Redistricting a big task for incoming lawmakers

Posted 4/15/2019 in State

People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term.



Mysterious bowls of mashed potatoes confuse Mississippians

Posted 4/13/2019 in State

Residents of a neighborhood in Jackson are confused by the bowls of mashed potatoes they're finding on their cars, porches and mailboxes.



Nuclear regulator cites Mississippi plant for 2 low-level violations

Posted 4/13/2019 in State

A special inspection of a nuclear power plant in Mississippi has resulted in two low-level citations, as its operator says it has continued trying to make improvements.



Mississippi politico in skit that had others in blackface

Posted 4/12/2019 in State

A white Republican running for Mississippi attorney general said Thursday that he is "embarrassed" about taking part in a college skit 40 years ago in which other actors wore blackface.



Mississippi school board votes to take over 2 districts

Posted 4/12/2019 in State

Two school districts in Mississippi's Delta region will be the first to be folded into a new statewide district aimed at improving academic performance.



Safety agency sets $159,000 fine after Mississippi worker loses 4 fingers

Posted 4/11/2019 in State

A federal workplace safety agency is fining a south Mississippi plastics manufacturer after an employee lost four fingers.



Mississippi OB-GYN indicted on 12 sexual battery charges

Posted 4/11/2019 in State

An OB-GYN in Mississippi is charged with 12 counts of sexual battery after patients accused him of assaulting them in medical offices.



Final soldiers from Mississippi unit return from deployment

Posted 4/10/2019 in State

The final members of a Mississippi National Guard unit returned home Saturday from deployment in the Middle East.



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