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First soldiers from Mississippi unit return from deployment

Posted earlier today in State

A Mississippi National Guard unit is coming home from a deployment to the Middle East, with the first 300 members of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team returning to Mississippi on Monday after leaving last April.



Lawsuit: Mississippi man beaten by jail guards before death

Posted earlier today in State

Relatives of a man who died in a Mississippi jail last May filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday, saying witnesses saw jail guards beat the man before his death.



Deer disease found in 2 more Mississippi counties

Posted earlier today in State

Cases of debilitating deer disease have been confirmed in two more Mississippi counties, making it present in five counties.



Mississippi doctor, civil rights pioneer James Anderson dies

Posted earlier today in State

Well-known African-American physician and civil rights activist Dr. James Anderson has died. He was 82.



Mississippi offering drug addicts free help to get clean

Posted yesterday in State

People addicted to narcotics in Mississippi can get free help to stop using the drugs through a statewide initiative.



Analysis: Mississippi abortion bills invite more litigation

Posted 2/18/2019 in State

Mississippi lawmakers acknowledge they are inviting a new court fight over banning most abortions at about six weeks into pregnancy, even as the state remains enmeshed in a fight over a 15-week ban. Soon after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the 15-week ban into law in 2018, the only abortion clinic in the state filed a lawsuit. A federal judge put the law on hold and ruled months later that the law was unconstitutional. Mississippi is asking an appeals court to overturn that ruling.



Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category.



Mississippi ACLU director runs for attorney general as Dem

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said Friday that she is running for state attorney general.



Forrest County jail agrees inmates can receive nonreligious books

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

A south Mississippi county has agreed to allow inmates to receive non-religious reading materials, ending a lawsuit.



Shipyard doesn't meet investment target, incentive deal ends

Posted 2/16/2019 in State

Mississippi officials say they have voided an incentive deal with a Louisiana shipbuilder because planned investments and hiring never occurred.



Mississippi Senate to keep private school money through 2024

Posted 2/15/2019 in State

Mississippi state senators on Thursday voted to keep public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools, overcoming some Democrats who were trying to kill the state's Education Scholarship Account program.



Longest-serving Mississippi lawmaker not seeking new term

Posted 2/15/2019 in State

The longest-serving state lawmaker in Mississippi history says he is not seeking re-election this year.



Mississippi advances ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Mississippi is working toward enacting one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, in a race with other states to push a legal challenge to the more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.



Mississippi Senate passes $1,000 teacher raise, seeks to pay as bonus

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Mississippi's state senators on Wednesday voted to advance a plan that would raise public school teacher salaries by $500 a year over two years, for a total of $1,000.



Mississippi ban on tanning beds for those under 18 advances

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Children younger than 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Mississippi under a measure passed Wednesday by the state Senate.



US judge orders remap of a Mississippi state Senate district

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that one of Mississippi's 52 state Senate districts violates the Voting Rights Act because it does not give African-American voters an "equal opportunity" to elect a candidate of their choice.



Louisiana-based company to pay back wages in Mississippi

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

The U.S. Department of Labor says a Louisiana-based transportation company will pay more than $25,000 in back wages to 21 employees at its terminal in Jackson, Mississippi.



2 Mississippi governor candidates: No blackface or KKK robes

Posted 2/13/2019 in State

Two top candidates for Mississippi governor say they have never worn blackface or costumes such as Ku Klux Klan uniforms.



Fed Chairman Powell says prosperity not felt in all areas

Posted 2/13/2019 in State

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell traveled Tuesday to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta to deliver a message that the nation's prosperity has not been felt in many such areas around the country.



Mississippi tweaking pension rule for elected officials

Posted 2/13/2019 in State

Retired Mississippi government employees who win legislative seats this year could be paid for legislative work while continuing to collect pension benefits. That is according to a new rule the state pension system is on track to adopt.



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