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Mississippi casino revenue up in 2018 with sports betting

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

Mississippi casino revenues rose in 2018, with patronage noticeably increasing beginning in August, after the state legalized sports betting.



Woman who hunts deer at age 101 kills 2 with a single shot

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot.



Sheriff pleads not guilty to felonies, put on house arrest

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A Mississippi sheriff is pleading not guilty to 12 felony charges accusing him of stealing guns and drugs, seeking sex with inmates and threatening employees if they told about the crimes.



92-year-old Eola Hotel being restored, updated in Natchez

Posted 1/19/2019 in State

A noted hotel in a Mississippi River town is undergoing a transformation, years after closing.



Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Posted 1/18/2019 in State

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it's cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there.



Mississippi graduation rate hits new record of 84 percent

Posted 1/18/2019 in State

Mississippi is graduating a greater share of its students in four years than ever before, with 84 percent of public high school seniors earning their diplomas on time last year, the Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday.



Mississippi House: Power cooperatives could offer internet

Posted 1/16/2019 in State

With rural residents facing few choices for high speed internet, Mississippi lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a measure that would allow the state's electric cooperatives to offer the service.



Second man arrested in shooting death of Mississippi pastor

Posted 1/16/2019 in State

A second man has been charged with killing a Mississippi pastor who was unlocking his small church Sunday morning.



Bryant pushes teacher pay, school safety in State of State

Posted 1/16/2019 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant used his final State of the State speech Tuesday to look back on his two terms and to offer proposals for his final year in office.



Bill: Let Mississippi electric cooperatives offer internet

Posted 1/15/2019 in State

A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking its first step forward.



Reeves: Strong revenue no reason to 'spend, spend, spend'

Posted 1/15/2019 in State

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that Mississippi tax collections are better than expected for the first half of the budget year, but he said that doesn't mean the state should spend more money.



Mississippi could see push-pull on Medicaid expansion

Posted 1/15/2019 in State

Just as the leader of Mississippi's Medicaid program cracked open the door Monday to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state's uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seemed to slam it shut.



Pastor shot to death while unlocking Mississippi church

Posted 1/15/2019 in State

A pastor in Mississippi's capital city was shot to death while unlocking his small church for worship services, and his truck was stolen, police said.



Mississippi treasurer Fitch running for attorney general

Posted 1/15/2019 in State

Mississippi's second-term state treasurer said Monday that she is running for attorney general because she wants to protect gun rights, fight opioid abuse and crack down on human trafficking.



Central Mississippi officials want to reopen private prison

Posted 1/14/2019 in State

Officials in a central Mississippi town want the state prison system to reopen a closed private prison there instead of spending money to rebuild part of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.



Puppeteer Jim Henson's legacy lives on at The MAX museum

Posted 1/14/2019 in State

When famed puppeteer Jim Henson died unexpectedly in 1990, his imagination, creativity and influence didn't die with him.



Vicksburg military park reopening closed area

Posted 1/14/2019 in State

Some parts of Mississippi's Vicksburg National Military Park that had been closed by the federal government shutdown are reopening.



Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Posted 1/12/2019 in State

Mississippi lawmakers and officials told business leaders Thursday that they're hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, noting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates.



Tollison wins Mississippi Senate leadership post

Posted 1/12/2019 in State

A Republican from Oxford has been sworn in to the second-highest leadership position in the Mississippi Senate.



Tests confirm 2 more cases of deer disease in Mississippi

Posted 1/12/2019 in State

Two more cases of debilitating deer disease have been confirmed in Mississippi, bringing the total to six.



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