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Vote delayed on new A-to-F scoring scale for high schools

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi education leaders may reset part of the grading scale for schools for the third year in a row, but the decision won't be made for another few days.



Bryant sets transport session, specifics expected next week

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant confirms he will call legislators into special session next week to deal with transportation funding.



Mississippi judge who uncovered lawyer bribes dies at 83

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi judge who helped bring down famed tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on bribery allegations has died.



Mississippi flag foes want court arguments on rebel symbol

Posted yesterday in State

Some Mississippi residents are asking a federal court of appeals to fully consider their arguments that the state flag with the Confederate battle emblem represents white supremacy and sends a message that black people are not welcome.



Bryant says special session for roads and bridges coming

Posted 8/17/2018 in State

There may not be a deal yet on transportation funding among legislative leaders, but Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's ready to call lawmakers back into session.



Appeals question life sentences for Mississippi juveniles

Posted 8/16/2018 in State

A Mississippi man resentenced to life in prison without parole for a murder committed while he was 17 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, raising more questions about whether the state's judges are obeying a ruling that lifetime sentences should be "rare" for crimes committed by juveniles.



FBI: Miss. sheriff was bribed to shelter drug dealer for 15 years

Posted 8/15/2018 in State

Federal authorities say a Mississippi sheriff gave protection for years to a drug dealer who robbed other dealers and kicked back stolen money and drug profits to the lawman.



Mississippi officials seek to end suit over Senate district

Posted 8/15/2018 in State

Three top Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to create a larger black majority in one of the 52 state Senate districts.



Mississippi: 8 more West Nile virus cases: 21 so far in 2018

Posted 8/15/2018 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming eight more cases of West Nile virus, bringing the year's total to 21.



Top officer replaced at troubled south Mississippi prison

Posted 8/14/2018 in State

The top officer of a Mississippi prison has been replaced, weeks after a convicted murderer escaped and days after an inmate's mother said her son was set on fire by another prisoner.



Multistate crime suspect pleads to some Mississippi charges

Posted 8/14/2018 in State

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Monday to a killing and a drive-by shooting that launched what authorities say was a series of violent crimes in three states separated by nearly 2,000 miles.


Analysis: Road money session waits on lieutenant governor

Posted 8/13/2018 in State

A special session to seek more money for Mississippi's roads and bridges could be drawing near. But nothing is likely to happen without Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' agreement, and many observers aren't sure what he wants.


Black soybean farmers claim they were sold faulty seeds

Posted 8/11/2018 in State

Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds.



Greenville delays vote on rules for to-go cups of alcohol

Posted 8/11/2018 in State

A city in the Mississippi Delta will wait a while before possibly letting people walk out of bars and restaurants with alcohol in to-go cups.



Illinois men charged with luring Mississippi teen from home

Posted 8/10/2018 in State

Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program.



Mississippi KFC incident with deaf woman leads to sensitivity training

Posted 8/10/2018 in State

The management company of 270 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchises nationwide has agreed to provide sensitivity training at those outlets following a May incident at a KFC in Mississippi in which a deaf woman felt she was being mocked.



Mississippi pharmacist pleads guilty in $400M-plus fraud

Posted 8/10/2018 in State

A Mississippi pharmacist pleaded guilty Thursday to helping run a fraud that collected $244 million from a federal military health insurer.



Mississippi man appeals judge's ruling clearing prosecutor

Posted 8/9/2018 in State

A man accused of killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire is appealing a judge's ruling clearing a prosecutor of misconduct, saying the judge used the wrong legal standard.



Lincoln Co. expects expensive trial for man charged in 8 killings

Posted 8/9/2018 in State

Some Mississippi officials say they worry about the expense of a capital murder trial for a man charged with killing eight people in May 2017.



Refrigeration maker to invest $1M in Mississippi, hire 30

Posted 8/9/2018 in State

A refrigeration equipment maker is shifting some production to Mississippi from Wisconsin, investing $1 million at its northeast Mississippi plant with plans to hire 30 new workers.



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