Sunday, March 31
Tate Reeves looked like a wizard after his first legislative session as Mississippi lieutenant governor.
Saturday, March 30
Mississippi lawmakers are likely to approve a bill requiring a doctor to personally oversee the administration of abortion-inducing drugs and requiring the woman to return for a follow-up exam two weeks later.
Friday, March 29
If you let teachers and other staffers bring guns into schools, a kid is likely going to get shot. And based on past discipline practices at public schools in Mississippi, that kid will probably be black.
Imagine filing your income taxes in five minutes and for free.
Rev. Jerry Young wants more African American girls in Mississippi to explore engineering.
On Saturday, the Easter Celebration at the Mississippi Children's Museum is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prosecutors have added five more counts against an Ohio man suspected in more than 100 telephone bomb threats made to courthouses and other public buildings in five states.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered a period of mourning March 30 to honor the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw.
A man and woman arrested on a prostitution charge at a Biloxi hotel now face a charge of human trafficking.
When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition.
Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards.
The Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give shotguns to single women and homeowners in the nation's crime-ridden neighborhoods.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready "to settle accounts with the U.S.," unleashing a new round of bellicose rhetoric after U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions in joint military drills with South Korea.
Nelson Mandela is making "steady progress" while being treated for a recurring lung infection and he had a full breakfast on Friday, South African authorities said.
In the not-so-distant future, aerial drones will be part of Americans' everyday lives.
Civil rights groups said Thursday that a bill that would provide funding for officers to police schools or arm teachers would ultimately make Mississippi schools more dangerous.
Thursday, March 28
Soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home.
I spent an hour or so talking Jackson with Hal White at the south corner of the bar at Hal and Mal's, his signature spot, two weeks ago. I had just moved back to town, and he was giving me my unofficial welcome back.
The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $110,102 in federal mineral payments to Mississippi over the next five months.
Medicaid expansion has been one of the most hotly debated subjects of the year across Mississippi and in the capitol's hallways. So far, however, no substantive debate on Medicaid expansion has taken place on the House or Senate floor.
Scientists are discovering that sea turtles, long ignored by toxicologists who study wildlife, are highly contaminated with industrial chemicals and pesticides.
For Mississippi Brilla, this season--the team's seventh--will mostly be one of change, but four veteran players will be back as well.
Mississippi lawmakers say they're getting closer to agreeing on details of a budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1.
A court-appointed federal monitor said better communication is the best immediate step to take in getting the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center into compliance with an agreed order from a U.S. District Court lawsuit.
A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday.
Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small business owners.
Late in the oral argument over same-sex marriage in California, Justice Anthony Kennedy made a startling comment, given the months of buildup and mountain of legal briefs that have descended on the justices.
Republicans are moving aggressively to repair their technological shortcomings from the 2012 election, opening a new tech race to counter a glaring weakness against President Barack Obama.
Marco Antonio Durazo had been awaiting deportation from an Arizona detention center for six months when an officer came to get him from his cell.
It would seem a lobbyist's dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated anti-abortion activist Terri Herring for a six-year term on the state Board of Health, a position that could give Herring influence over Health Department policies that affect the state's only abortion clinic.
Wednesday, March 27
This is a craft that has been on my list since I saw a similar creation on a blog I frequent.
Ole Miss fans will wonder what might have been for the rest of this week and years to come after the way they lost to La Salle.
This year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has reached the Sweet Sixteen. We've seen some entertaining games the first weekend, including some surprises no one expected.
Over the last 30 years or so, fitness training has changed a lot. These days, fitness fiends have more ways than ever to get into shape.
As some of you may know, I was fortunate to attend the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, during my spring break a couple of weeks ago.
Leaving with a finished painting is one of the best parts about classes at Artful Hours or Easely Amused.
Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade feels like the kickoff to spring in Jackson.
“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO March 31.
Good Friday is traditionally the time for those who plant "by the signs" in central Mississippi to put seeds in the ground, but for most home gardeners, now is a good time to prepare seedlings (or "starts") for transplanting.
Two Sisters' Kitchen is the downtown home of arguably some of the best fried chicken in the Metro, and devotees sing praises of its tomato gravy, fried steak and angel biscuits.
Kristin Gazaway is promoting healthy eating in local elementary schools.
Just outside the declared limits of downtown, near where the water starts at the Hinds-Rankin line, Mary Harden mans the cash register in Beatty Street Grocery.
As an elementary librarian at Woodville Heights Elementary in south Jackson, I get the opportunity to share books with kids on a plethora of topics.
“Fifty Shades of Chicken” entertains while educating about cooking poultry.
Enrika Williams is one of many female chefs on the rise in Jackson.
While charter schools may be tuition-free, they may still be out of reach for a district’s neediest families.
The Department of Finance and Administration has finally made its long-awaited recommendation for a new permanent home for the Department of Revenue, which is now housed in a Quonset hut in Clinton.
Why it stinks: Since 2010, House Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to repeal the ACA, aka "Obamacare," 36 times.
Brother Hustle: "I want to use these remaining days of Women's History Month to honor Aunt Tee Tee Hustle and her Sequestration Survival and Affordable Technology Initiative."
State workers were hit especially hard when a hailstorm marched recently through the capital city.
Democratic lawmakers are questioning why the Mississippi Legislature is getting a funding boost when other agency budgets are shrinking. Democrats point to this year's $30 million legislative operations budget.
The Mississippi Legislature does not lack the money to fully fund education; it lacks political will, Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, says.
Question o' the Week: What is your favorite dish at a locally owned restaurant in the Jackson area? (What and where?
What is your favorite dish at a locally owned restaurant in the Jackson area? (What and where?
Quote: “Smile! It enhances your face value.”
The condition of city streets may be the hottest issue during the 2013 Jackson mayoral campaign. It has become a running joke among Jacksonians, but in reality, it's a huge problem with few answers.
Plavise "Patti" Patterson may have grown up in Michigan, but she became an adult in Jackson. Now she's trying to return the favor and help bring Jackson to a role of prominence as Ward 5 councilwoman.
What do a Norwegian cruise ship worker, a baby nurse and a head pastry chef have in common? They are all part of Jennifer Adelsheimer's career path.
We don’t all have to be newspaper people. But we can all find that niche, that way to contribute.
Oxford’s Unwed Teenage Mothers play loud but they have hearts of pure pop.
Mississippi lawmakers are considering giving a development agency the capacity to use $100 million in bonds toward the construction of buildings for suppliers of Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant.
An inmate has been found dead in his cell at a state prison in Rankin County.
A federal judge has ruled a Mississippi inmate is mentally disabled and is not to be executed.
Excerpts from the arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, from a transcript released by the Supreme Court.
Gains in housing and manufacturing propelled the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spending cuts kick in.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director.
Hundreds of pages of police reports in the investigation of the Tucson shooting rampage that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are being released Wednesday.
Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut its last military hotline with Seoul on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.
Mississippi House members don't want to proceed with a bill including a charter schools expansion favored by the Senate.
Tuesday, March 26
After voting down a $10 million bond issue to repave Jackson streets just a month ago, the Jackson City Council voted Monday to capitalize on low interest rates and borrow $10 million to $12 million to be paid back over 10 years.
Free People, a part of the Urban Outfitters umbrella, opened a new location March 22 at 1000 Highland Colony Pkwy, #5018 Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.
Otis Williams was one of 15 applicants out of 550 national and international nominees to receive the 2012 Shire Brave Award and the only one in Mississippi.
A leading proponent of charter schools may be joining the state Board of Education.
Lillie B. Ayers, who became the lead plaintiff in Mississippi's college desegregation lawsuit after the death of her husband, has died at her home in Glen Allan. She was 85.
State Sen. Nicky Browning of Pontotoc is switching to the Republican Party.
Eager to overcome a bout of bickering, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unusual unity between their two nations on Monday. The friendly display came as the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations.
U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding.
John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.
North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.
The U.S. Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage.
Monday, March 25
State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 53.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of the slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with the opening of a new exhibit in Jackson on May 1 with Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers Williams.
Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."
Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs.
Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.
Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case.
The lottery fantasies of mansions, luxury boats and unlimited travel are over for most people. But for the owner—or owners—of the lone winning ticket sold in New Jersey for Powerball's $338.3 million drawing they're just beginning.
The U.S. is seeking to bring Arab countries into efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that broke down more than four years ago, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.
The hailstorm that blew through the greater Jackson area last Monday left vehicles dented, damaged and, in some cases, totaled.
In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments--seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once.
Desiree Roby, an 11-year-old 6th grader home-schooled in Jackson, recently became Mississippi's 2013 spelling bee champion.
A Medicaid Rally is March 27, 11 a.m., in the second floor rotunda at the Mississippi State Capitol.
Slowing the buildup of greenhouse gases responsible for warming the planet is one of the biggest challenges we face.
Sunday, March 24
Saturday, March 23
How much is too much?
Friday, March 22
The U.S. Justice Department said it has reached a deal with a Mississippi school district to end discriminatory disciplinary practices.
The good news for state-budget worrywarts is that Mississippi could have additional spending money for its woefully underfunded state agencies. The bad news for those state agencies is that state leaders seem reluctant to spend the extra cash.
When the NAACP began challenging Jim Crow laws across the South, it knew that, in the battle for public opinion, the particular plaintiffs mattered as much as the facts of the case.
Erica Michelle has known all her life that acting would be her career. Now, at 26, the Jackson State University alumna has completed her first movie role and has several other projects in the works.
On Saturday, the Zippity Doo Dah Parade is at 7 p.m. in Fondren. See the Sweet Potato Queens and the Budweiser Clydesdales.
The University of Mississippi is taking concrete steps toward building a new basketball arena.
The Greenwood School District will spend a $25,000 dropout prevention grant for iPads for the classrooms at Greenwood Middle School.
A woman who was acquitted in the death of her boyfriend has sued the medical examiner who testified at her 2010 trial.
A federal court panel has ruled against Dixie-Net Communications Inc. in its appeal of an adverse ruling in Mississippi over in-state fees.
A North Carolina-based real estate development group has declared its interest in renovating the former Forrest County, Miss. jail complex into affordable housing.
Gov. Phil Bryant confronted members of the state College Board Thursday over their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said Thursday that gay and lesbian students at a south Mississippi school are subjected to bullying and harassment from classmates and faculty.
Former State Rep. Jerry E. Wilkerson, who served three terms in the Mississippi House and was a spokesman for the propane, petroleum and convenience store associations for 25 years, has died at the age of 68.
Thursday, March 21
With no shortage of suggestions about how to fix the conditions and the lagging achievements of public schools during this legislative session, Democrats say that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, has yet to receive the attention it deserves.
Women exposed before birth to the banned pesticide DDT may have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, according to a study published today.
The madness of March begins today with the open round of the NCAA Tournament set to start shortly before noon.
The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would amount to a crime against humanity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday.
The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.
President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned appeal Thursday for Israel to recognize that compromise will be necessary to secure peace and lasting security for the Jewish state.
The House has passed a huge stopgap spending bill to keep the government open through the end of September, sidestepping any threat of a government shutdown.
The Air Force is transferring 10 C-130j aircraft from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi to Pope Field near Fayetteville, N.C.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak March 26 at Mississippi State University as part of the school's Global Lecture Series.
Tate Reeves of Mississippi has been chosen vice chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.
Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has been indicted on a federal bribery charge.
John Purry nailed tarps onto the roof of his hail-damaged home on Wednesday, all too aware that more severe weather may be on its way.
Wednesday, March 20
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms, signaling a change for Democrats who have traditionally shied away from gun control in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.
The nation's views on gay marriage are more favorable in large part because of a shift in attitudes among those who know someone who is gay or became more accepting as they got older of gays and lesbians, according to a national survey.
We design and work on floral arrangements, door baskets, all sorts of things, so wire cutters and clippers, scissors, moss, ribbon, oasis foam (to anchor plants and flowers in arrangements)...
One of the best sporting events starts Thursday with the opening round (now the second round after the play-in games) of the NCAA Tournament. Chances of a perfect bracket are nine-quintillion to one.
If you missed it, the big news last week comes from a mixed martial arts fighter, Fallon Fox, whose license to fight in the state of Florida under review. Fox is the first openly transgender fighter in the MMA sport.
Ole Miss finally broke through under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament after winning the SEC Tournament for the first time since 1981.
The immediacy of music is one of the things that I find captivating about living in a city instead of the countryside or, say, a deserted island where the closest thing to a dance beat is a coconut thumping against a rock.
Steve Carell (front) is “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” Steve Buscemi costars as his sidekick, Anton Marvelous.
If you were to ask Mr. or Mrs. Random Citizen to name important cities in the world of dance, he or she would probably rattle off the usual suspects: cultural meccas like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Besides its religious or spiritual meaning, Easter is a highly anticipated holiday for many because it means they can finally indulge in whatever they have been resisting since Fat Tuesday.
Sweet potatoes are as southern as sweet tea and the Sweet Potato Queens themselves, but these orange-fleshed treats are a lot more versatile than that old standby, the Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole topped with mini marshmallows.
In our rush to meet deadlines, take care of our families and get stuff done, finding the time to do nothing may seem counter-intuitive.
Study after study shows that the amount of direct and indirect screen time is increasingly problematic for our children's development.
Just because it's a race doesn't mean you can't make a fashion statement--and let's face it, when the Sweet Potato Queens get involved, everything becomes a show.
All Zippity Doo Dah events take place in Fondren or at the Hilton Jackson hotel.
Meeting Sweet Potato Queens from all over—such as Cantina Queens from Texas—is one of the best parts of Zippity Doo Dah weekend.
This year's Grand Marshal, Sweet Potato Queen Aunt Faye of Texas, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
When Jill Conner Browne dubbed herself a Sweet Potato Queen in 1982, she launched a brash, quirky, self-deprecating and, above all, sassy brand of feminism that people worldwide are still embracing three decades later.
Francis Smith calls himself a non-politician. The pastor of Total Praise and Worship on Cedar Lane in south Jackson is taking to the campaign trail this spring though, as an independent candidate for the office of mayor in Jackson.
Bluesman Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry isn't really howling mad.
Transparency in government is a big and often slippery subject that most media outlets only look at from the 10,000-foot national level.
Palin was making fun of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to reduce obesity by limiting the availability of large sugary drinks.
Fathers, teach your sons what respect means. It seems to be a quality lost on a new generation of boys, and we all must collectively take responsibility for that.
Supporters of a legislative proposal that promotes healthy eating believe the bill is an oasis for foods deserts--communities with limited access to grocery stores.
We've reached that make-or-break point during the legislative session where legislators are flying through the litany of spending bills for individual state agencies to build a framework for the budget.
What is your favorite thing about Fondren?
Favorite quote: "I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."—Marilyn Monroe
Women and children may be a little safer in Mississippi after some successes this past week at the state house.
De'Keither Stamps has worn many hats: farmer, Marine, Army patrolman, veteran's advocate and public speaker. This summer, he hopes to add Ward 4 Jackson city councilman to that list.
After 20 years, the only thing that's lasted longer than Jim Wilkirson's marriage to his wife, Audrey, is his commitment to making things move and shake in the Jackson community.
I have read accounts of the now-infamous Steubenville, Ohio, rape with horror.
One thing we can all agree on is that Rick James, Prince and Michael Jackson are undeniable icons of pop and soul music.
Beer enthusiasts in Mississippi will soon be able to legally brew their own beer, thanks to a bill Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law.
Transocean employees should have done more to detect signs of trouble before the company's drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the nation's worst offshore oil spill, Transocean's chief executive testified Tuesday.
Desiree Roby, a 6th grade home schooled student from Jackson, is Mississippi's 2013 Spelling Bee Champion.
America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession—but few are bragging.
A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.
Exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a suburban Denver movie theater, Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign new restrictions on firearms in Colorado, signaling a historic change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from taking on gun control in a state where owning a gun is as common as owning a care in some rural areas.
Cypriot officials rushed Wednesday to find a new plan to stave off bankruptcy, a day after Parliament rejected an initial scheme to contribute to the nation's bailout package by seizing up to 10 percent of people's bank savings.
President Barack Obama delivered a blunt warning to Israel's foes that the United States has the Jewish state's back.
Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2141, which called for a 13-member task force to study how Mississippi's local school boards are selected.
Tuesday, March 19
Hundreds of claims are pouring in to insurance companies in Mississippi, an early indication of the widespread damage left behind by a hail storm that pounded the capital city and other areas.
France's budget minister, ensnared in a ballooning scandal over suspected tax fraud and money laundering, on Tuesday became the first resignation in President Francois Hollande's 10-month-old Socialist government.
All but ending chances for an assault weapons ban, Democratic leaders said Tuesday the firearms legislation the Senate will debate next month won't include the provision that gun-control advocates pressed for after an assault-type weapon was used in the Newtown school shootings in December.
Syria's government and rebels traded accusations Tuesday of a chemical attack on a northern village for the first time in the civil war, although the U.S. said there was no evidence it had happened.
Now that authorities believe they know who stole $500 million worth of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the largest art heist in U.S. history, what are the chances they'll actually recover the stolen works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet after 23 years?
The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad's regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.
The student behind a foiled attack plot at a Florida university was working off a checklist that included plans to get drunk, pull a fire alarm and then "give them hell," authorities said Tuesday.
Mississippi's Sunshine Law is designed to shed light on campaign finance, but Jacksonians have found themselves in the dark when it comes to the majority of candidates seeking to become Jackson's next mayor.
David Pharr, a Jackson attorney, is one of the first tenants of the former Pix/Capri theater at 3023 N. State St.
JSU's 7th annual Fit Fest Week starts Monday, March 25, and runs through Saturday, March 30.
Employees at a Veterans Administration hospital in Mississippi have reported a range of "serious wrongdoing," including improperly sterilized instruments and missed diagnoses of fatal illnesses, an independent federal investigative agency said in a letter to the White House.
Seventeen counties are reporting damage the severe storm that produced large hail in the Jackson, Miss., metropolitan area and high winds to areas of north Mississippi.
North Dakota lawmakers who approved what would be some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. are now considering outlawing all abortions.
On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strategic landscape nearly unrecognizable from the one he encountered on his first trip to the region shortly after assuming office in 2009.
If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.
Firearms play an outsized role in the hearts of Coloradans. It's a frontier state that adopted gunslingers Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday as native sons, where treasured guns are routinely passed from generation to generation.
Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Cypriot government officials sought Tuesday to alleviate the pain on small savers from a plan to raid bank deposits that has caused outrage in the country and sent jitters through European financial markets.
Congress is finally cleaning up its unfinished budget business for the 2013 budget year.
Mississippi House Democratic leader Bobby Moak says the state could hurt its own financial standing if it rejects Medicaid expansion.
Monday, March 18
A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in what may have been an attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said.
Hinds County still doesn't have the money it needs to fix a housing unit at the Raymond Detention Center damaged during an inmate uprising last summer.
With a tradition more than 100 years old, osteopathic physicians are hardly the new doctors in town.
Saturday, March 23, the Mississippi Children's Museum is hosting "Question It? Discover It!" a monthly program sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Mississippi, which is part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The program has been operating for six months.
The Sweet Potato Queens headline the series of Zippity Doo Dah events March 21-23 that include a parade March 23 at 7 p.m.
The first two bills that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed during the 2013 legislative session dealt with money.
Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.
In a Family Corner of the upcoming major French painting exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art, artist Ginger Williams-Cook has re-created a Renoir painting of Monet's gardens to give pint-sized creators a pretend shot at the easel, beret included.
President Barack Obama will find a disillusioned Palestinian public, skeptical about his commitment to promoting Mideast peace, when he visits the region.
China has bypassed Britain as the world's fifth largest arms exporter, a Swedish think tank said Monday.
The soaring half domes of the Martyr Monument stand out against the drabness of eastern Baghdad, not far from where Saddam Hussein's feared eldest son was said to torture underperforming athletes.
Afghan opposition parties, frustrated with the government's lack of progress in making peace with the Taliban, have opened their own channel for negotiations with militant groups in hopes of putting their imprint on a deal to end 11 years of war.
The tax on depositors was a significant policy shift that has stoked fears of bank runs in other troubled European economies.
Sunday, March 17
Saturday, March 16
In the most obese state in the nation, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'll sign a new law to prevent cities or counties from banning extra-large soft drinks or requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.
Friday, March 15
Jackson has fired Fahrenheit Creative as the leader of the Celebrate Jackson marketing campaign.
The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles.
A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics—and views on emotional issues—are changing fast.
The charity-run businesses under investigation in a Florida gambling probe started popping up in strip malls about six years ago and rapidly spread as the unregulated stores became a billion-dollar enterprise.
The first round of campaign finance reports were due on Jan. 31, and just four of the 35 candidates for city council submitted one.
Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. has a lead on his on challengers in campaign funds and newcomer Jonathan Lee has spent the most money, but nothing is known about the other 12 candidates vying to lead Jackson.
Karen Battle barely had the energy to lift her feet high enough to clear an ordinary street curb just a few weeks ago. Liver disease had ravaged her health and drained her vitality. Eventually, even her sense of humor disappeared with her illness.
What's good for the heart is also good for the brain. That premise connects the work of Thomas Mosley to traditional medicine, which is concerned with treating ailments of the body.
On Saturday, the Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is in downtown Jackson.
Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated.
Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low.
While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes.
At a recent gathering of House committee and subcommittee chairmen, Republican lawmakers were asked if they could name the legislative affairs staffer at the White House responsible for staying in contact with their panel.
It's been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly, as expected, gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.
The head of a U.N. team investigating casualties from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan declared after a secret research trip to the country that the attacks violate Pakistan's sovereignty.
For more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide, he's Pope Francis. For Argentina's poorest citizens, crowded in "misery villages" throughout the capital, he's proudly known as one of their own, a true "slum pope."
President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize $200 million a year for research into clean energy technologies.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events.
Thursday, March 14
Construction has hit a snag on the new JATRAN facility at U.S. Highway 80 and Valley Street—a facility that the city considers crucial to the revitalization of the Highway 80 corridor.
Mississippi State University won its opening round game of the SEC Tournament with a 70-59 victory over the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Mississippi's unemployment jumped to 9.3 percent in January, wiping out almost a year's worth of job gains.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's staff suggested that the Department of Public Safety should delay fulfilling requests for gun permit records until a law could be enacted to shield them from public scrutiny, emails obtained by The Associated Press show.
Florida's lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a scandal involving a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was a front for a $300 million gambling operation.
A record number of U.S. counties—more than 1 in 3—are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.
Acting on the Senate's first budget since President Barack Obama took office, a Democratic-led panel is moving toward party-line approval of a fiscal blueprint that would trim the budget deficit while protecting safety net programs from slashing cuts proposed by Republicans.
Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.
Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.
Pope Francis hardly ever denied one of the harshest allegations against him: That he was among church leaders who supported Argentina's murderous dictatorship.
The suspect in the slaying of a mayoral candidate was released to Mississippi authorities on Wednesday, an official said.
Wednesday, March 13
Looking for perhaps the biggest underdog to root for in the NCAA Tournament? Take a look at the Big South tournament champs Liberty Flames who have a 15-20 record.
Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Ray called out the talking heads after the Bulldogs defeated Auburn 74-71 in overtime.
The band Cardinal Sons, a trio of brothers, has created an indie-rock aesthetic while being influenced mainly by psychedelic ’60s music.
Musical superstars often skip playing in Jackson, but this weekend the city will host early music's equivalent of The Rolling Stones.
James Franco is on his way to the magical kingdom in “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
Cooking for friends and family on St. Paddy's weekend may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be a total schlep.
Frequently, people ask me why their pecan trees no longer bear. A major reason (among other possibilities) is that the trees don't get enough food.
Modern homesteaders, that is, urban and rural folks who are into self-sufficiency, could do little better in regard to their food choices than delving into probiotics.
When I decided to hop on an international flight with just my 3-year-old and a few suitcases for company, much to the thinly veiled scorn and genuine bewilderment of many less adventurous souls, I knew we would have a great time together.
Three decades ago, it was just folks in costumes inspired by Tennessee Williams novels and Queens in pickup trucks throwing produce at people during rush hour on a Friday.
One of the most interesting things about Irish culture is the unique names--and pronunciation of those names--that have resulted from the linguistic shift from old Irish to modern English.
The time is finally here: the annual Mal's St. Paddy's Parade week. I and so many others start anticipating and preparing for the next year's parade the day after the parade is over.
Guinness is more than a drink to Ireland—it is part of the country’s legacy.
You've mostly likely seen Irish dancing in movies and TV, if not in real life.
The Southern Komfort Brass Band leads the way, followed by Hal and Malcolm White, the O'Tux Society, the Green Ladies, the Krewe of Kazoo, the Bucketheads and any other Jacksonians willing to wear funky costumes and join the fun.
The theme of the parade is a slightly adjusted line from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Samuel Taylor Coleridge's longest poem.
Anyone who lives or plays in Jackson long enough will eventually be driving down a road and pass a quiet, slender man with a paintbrush.
The mall was the largest shopping venue in the state. I was proud to be part of it.
In November 2011, 58 percent of Mississippi voters made their voices unequivocally heard when they said "No" to Initiative 26.
A 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll showed that President George W. Bush left office with an approval rating of 22 percent, the lowest approval since Gallup began asking the question 70 years earlier.
Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo and members of the Ghetto Science Economic Survival Commission want to help financially challenged customers deal with the sequestration budget cuts."
Local musician Sherman Lee Dillon is trying to raise money to turn the former home of Trumpet Records into a museum and recording studio.
Under a 2009 state law, Jackson has the authority to impose the tax with the approval of three-fifths of voters and with oversight from a legislative oversight board.
Many of Mississippi’s education initiatives are based on programs former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush implemented during his eight years in office.
What is your best St. Paddy’s Parade memory?
Favorite quote: "Don't argue with crazy people."
Not satisfied with taking "no" for an answer from the state's voters, Personhood Mississippi has teamed up with the Christian ultra-conservative American Family Association to take another shot at changing the definition of a person in the Mississippi Constitution.
When Charles Alexander first ran for the Jackson City Council Ward 5 seat in 2005, he was just 29 years old. Two defeats later, Alexander is back on the ballot and hoping the third time will be the charm in his attempt to unseat incumbent Councilman Charles Tillman.
Each year, in March, V.A. Patterson becomes something else. One year, she became a gypsy. Another year, a cavewoman. One year, she even transformed into an emu.
Jackson has long had a strong base of urban warriors.
Steve Johnson was delivering a FedEx package to the animal clinic where his friend Zac Cockrell worked in 2008 when Cockrell asked if he wanted to play some music together after work.
In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools.
Drilling into a rock near its landing spot, the Curiosity rover has answered a key question about Mars: The red planet long ago harbored some of the ingredients needed for primitive life to thrive.
Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
The House is taking up a politically charged bill that would block the Obama administration from waiving any work requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law.
Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication of disagreements about the direction of the Catholic church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.
A fire that ignited when a gas pipeline was hit by a tug boat pushing an oil barge burned into the morning hours Wednesday in a bayou south of New Orleans amid reports that oil had leaked into the water.
A 53-year-old former champion has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska's grueling test of endurance.
Neither side is backing down from entrenched positions that have prevented deals in the past.
House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees.
Tuesday, March 12
Senate Bill 2199, which was supposed to lead to more appointed superintendents around the state, lost on a 65-52 vote.
The Defense Department is establishing a series of cyber teams charged with carrying out offensive operations to combat the threat of an electronic assault on the United States that could cause major damage and disruption to the country's vital infrastructure, a senior military official said Tuesday.
Google will pay a $7 million fine to settle a multistate investigation into a snoopy software program that enabled the Internet search leader to intercept emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent several years ago over unprotected wireless networks in neighborhoods across the world.
Police Officer Gilbert Valle's lawyers said he was just spinning sick and twisted fantasies for his own pleasure when he chatted online about abducting, roasting and eating women. A jury, though, decided he was deadly serious.
Some supporters of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy released a leaked audio recording Tuesday of Pfc. Bradley Manning explaining why he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
A top Syrian cleric's appeal to young men to join the army raised the question of whether President Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers, prompting a pro-government newspaper to reassure readers Tuesday that the military can keep fighting insurgents for years to come.
Gov. Phil Bryant is still against Medicaid expansion, but says he's now willing to talk to hospitals about a deal on health-care funding.
Aeropostale Inc., a specialty retailer of casual apparel for children and teens, plans to open a new store--P.S. from Aeropostale--at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland.
C Spire named Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson and Mississippi State's Martha Alwal the state's best college basketball players Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
Top Senate Democrats and Republicans Monday night released a catchall government funding bill that denies President Barack Obama new money for implementing signature first-term accomplishments like new regulations on Wall Street and his expansion of government health care subsidies but provides modest additional funding for domestic priorities like health research and highway projects.
A judge struck down New York City's pioneering ban on big sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating uncertainty for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus.
Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities.
Humiliated by past attacks, South Korea has promised—as recently as Tuesday—to hit back hard at the next assault from the North, opening up the prospect that a skirmish could turn into a wider war.
Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems.
In the nearly eight months since James Holmes first shuffled into court with vacant eyes and reddish-orange hair, neither he nor his lawyers have said much about how he would plead to charges from the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.
After years of pouring his heart into the city of Jackson and Hinds County, former Hinds Emergency Operations Director Larry Fisher can finally rest.
The short-term fiscal outlook isn't all that bad. It's actually getting better--at least for now.
The Mississippi Hospital Association says it is working with Gov. Phil Bryant to address funding issues related to Medicaid.
Monday, March 11
The People's Assembly Task Force hosted eight candidates for mayor of Jackson Saturday in the first public forum of the 2013 election season.
The 9 million people nationwide who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are by far the sickest and most expensive patients in the country.
The St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Fenian's Pub is March 16 at 9 a.m.
Both the State Auditor's Office and the FBI have ramped up probes of misspending at the agency charged with protecting and enhancing the state's coastal resources.
In a Family Corner of the upcoming major French painting exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art, artist Ginger Williams-Cook has re-created a Renoir painting of Monet's gardens to give pint-sized creators a pretend shot at the easel, beret included.
City clerks are required to collect campaign finance reports during local elections throughout Mississippi and deliver that information to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office, but Hosemann said he only receives the information sporadically.
Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: support an assault weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat.
President Barack Obama is close to naming Thomas Perez, a civil rights official in the Justice Department, as his choice to head the Department of Labor, two people familiar with the process say.
Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama's courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans' jobs at risk.
After surviving a combative Senate confirmation battle, he jumped on a military plane to Afghanistan and was hit with the jarring difficulties of shutting down a war in a country still wracked by violence and political volatility.
The U.S. government censored or withheld more files that the public requested last year more often than at any time since President Barack Obama took office.
Suppose President Obama was a room with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Suppose they had time to kill and no one to talk to except each other. Would they have common ground for chit-chat?
An ongoing lawsuit challenging Mississippi's foster care system has cost the state at least $4.4 million in legal expenses and fees since 2008.
Sunday, March 10
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them.
City clerks are required to collect campaign finance reports during local elections throughout Mississippi and deliver that information to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office, but Hosemann said he only receives the information sporadically.
Both the State Auditor's Office and the FBI have ramped up probes of misspending at the agency charged with protecting and enhancing the state's coastal resources.
Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people.
Saturday, March 9
The state Senate gave final approval Friday to House Bill 559, which deletes the requirement that lawmakers periodically renew authorization for the loans.
Friday, March 8
Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, a milestone in this unusual papal transition and an indication that even without an obvious front-runner, the cardinals have a fairly good idea of who best among them can lead the Catholic Church and tackle its many problems.
Employers added 236,000 jobs in February and drove down the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent, its lowest level in more than four years.
Charlotte Dupré, chief executive officer of the Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said the hospital would benefit if state lawmakers expand the Medicaid health-care program.
Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American.
A senior at Wingfield high school, Cadet Colonel Seggie McClendon is a positive role model for his school and a symbol of the potential of young people.
On Saturday, Arts Klassical's Music from the Soul and Poetry Reading is from 7-10 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall in the Community Room.
Mississippi lawmakers are considering a sweeping plan that could remove more than 100 low-performing schools from local school board control for unknown periods of time.
Candidates for municipal offices have until 5 p.m. Friday to qualify for the May party primaries and the June general election.
Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.
Punctuated with the sounds of ringing phones and clinking china, President Barack Obama's new legislative diplomacy has Republicans wondering what took so long.
After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.
Seven years of U.N. sanctions against North Korea have done nothing to derail Pyongyang's drive for a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.
Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number.
Robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further.
House members amended an unrelated Senate bill Thursday to allow the state Transportation Commission to raise the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph.
Thursday, March 7
Once again, the Mississippi Legislature has left Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. with a local-option sales-tax law he refuses to implement.
For four decades, from 1929 until 1971, a Monsanto plant in West Anniston produced chemicals called PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls.
Earlier this week, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced the three finalists for the Howell and Gillom Trophies.
Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion—an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose.
The FBI said Wednesday that it has been monitoring the state investigation into the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi, but the agency didn't indicate it had opened its own investigation.
Seven air traffic control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services.
States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference.
Something has happened in advertising over the last two or three years, nearly two decades after Ikea broke ground in the U.S. with a TV spot featuring a gay couple shopping for a dining room table.
President Barack Obama's prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases seemed shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared for Congress' first votes on curbing firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
President Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela's presidential guard said late Wednesday.
North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.
If Congress can avoid another budget crisis, it could clear the way for lawmakers and President Barack Obama to restart talks on a longer-term deficit reduction plan.
The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.
Wednesday, March 6
Jeb Bush has long resisted pressure from supporters to run for president. Now the former Florida governor is signaling that he's at least open to the idea, a shift that comes as he promotes a new book and Republicans struggle to rebound after President Barack Obama's re-election.
I've always wanted to be a journalist. My mother used to say I had to be the first to know it and the first to tell it.
Arkansas lawmakers overrode a veto Wednesday and gave the state the most restrictive abortion law in the country — a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy onward that is certain to end up in court.
March Madness officially begins as NCAA teams begin conference tournaments over the next seven days.
A Republican critic of the Obama administration's drone policy succeeded Wednesday in blocking a vote on John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director over questions about the possible use of the unmanned weapons against American citizens.
Music and I have an understanding: I make it, and it makes me happy. That's a simple enough idea, I think.
The Weeks have returned to Mississippi to play a series of seven shows, coinciding with the upcoming release of its first full-length album since signing to the label Serpents and Snakes.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" transforms a public-domain fairy tale into a Marvel-comic-styled movie.
This spring, the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art is once again home to a participatory art project.
Chow down on a granola bar and a banana while running out the front door first thing in the morning. Scarf a brown bag PB&J at lunch time between meetings, and hurry to put some pasta on the table when you get home.
Although the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta still ranks the state the most overweight in the nation, Mississippi's obesity rate for elementary-school children is down 13.3 percent since 2005.
Clever brides and friends-of-brides have come up with lots of games to liven up weddings, from the intimate gift-giving occasion of the bridal shower to the wild bachelorette parties.
Each year, thousands of Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, a festival of colors commemorating the beginning of spring.
Last year, after several failed attempts, Mississippi lawmakers made it legal to produce and sell beer containing as much as 8 percent alcohol.
If there's one thing Mississippians love, it's their discount stores.
VIP Jackson magazine recently asked me to write an article on the continued relevancy of Black History Month. After writing what I thought was a candid, non-controversial piece, I received a call from the editor.
Mississippi can't seem to stop wagging the dog when it comes to creating an inviting business climate.
Section 5 gives the U.S. government the authority to pre-approve changes to voting policy in several states and counties with histories of voter suppression.
Initially I didn't think it that big of a deal. I mean, the YouTube Harlem Shake videos were just that, right?
Syrena Johnson never thought anyone evaluating scholarship applicants would even give her a second look.
Five Mississippi prisons are already privately run, but Adams County could be the first in the state to turn operations of its county jail over to a private firm.
What is your favorite locally owned alternative to a big-box chain business?
Favorite quote: "17 has turned 35 , I'm surprised that we're still livin' , If we've done any wrong , I hope that we're forgiven"—John Mellencamp "Cherry Bomb"
Jackson State University is aiming for a lofty peak, hoping to fill what some see as a real need in the capital city with its plan to build a $200-million domed stadium on campus.
Robert Thompson is no stranger to comebacks. This May, he's hoping to rally from a 2005 defeat by Frank Bluntson to win the election for Jackson's Ward 4 City Council seat.
In 1992, Daphne Higgins started a 13-year sales career at The Clarion-Ledger.
I've been a bit amazed of late to hear all the hoopla over Sam's Club deciding to leave Jackson for suburban pastures.
Watching a highly trained cutting horse with "cow sense" is an athletic event on par with few equine sports.
A state commission voted Tuesday to allow Mississippi Power Co. to start billing customers to pay for the Kemper County power plant it's building, but not as much as the company wanted.
A Mississippi congressman on Tuesday asked the FBI to review the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated.
Secretary of State John Kerry schmoozed and cajoled his way through Europe and the Middle East on his first trip abroad as America's top envoy.
The Obama administration and congressional Republicans are quietly working in tandem to blunt the impact of short-term spending cuts.
There were no signs of a celebration on Wall Street after the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high Tuesday.
Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.
Kim Ridgway and her wife, Kimberly Bliss, can well envision the shop they plan to open—where they'll put the accessories, the baked goods and the shelves stacked with their valuable product: jars of high-quality marijuana.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seen as a hero by some, a bully by others.
Mississippi union members and state workers gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to protest legislative efforts to privatize the state's child support collections program.
Tuesday, March 5
Backers of 2011's unsuccessful Personhood amendment are back with a retooled effort.
The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope.
The world moved closer to punishing North Korea for its latest nuclear test Tuesday as the United States introduced a draft resolution, backed by China, with new sanctions aimed at reining in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and preventing their export to other countries.
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday to approve President Barack Obama's pick to lead the CIA after winning a behind-the-scenes battle with the White House over access to a series of top-secret legal opinions that justify the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects, including American citizens.
A massive House Republican measure to keep the government operating would ease some of the pain of automatic spending cuts slamming the Defense Department, the nation's senior military leaders told Congress on Tuesday.
Venezuela's vice president announced that President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday, ending 14 years of rule by the firebrand socialist but leaving his party firmly in control of the nation.
Scrawls of racially offensive graffiti and, more recently, a report of someone wearing what looked like a Ku Klux Klan-type hooded robe on campus have shaken students at historically liberal Oberlin College, one of the nation's first universities to admit blacks.
The Dow is closing at a record, beating the previous high it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
Black families in America have never reached the levels of wealth that American whites enjoy, a new report from Brandeis University finds.
Monday, March 11, the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Expo will be at the Metrocenter Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At Jaycee Park Friday, Cindy Griffin, the executive director of the Habitat for Humanity-Metro Jackson affiliate, announced that the organization received a $250,000 matching grant from Lowe's.
A Democratic lawmaker said Monday that Mississippi's Republican governor is a "fool" and a "hypocrite" for opposing Medicaid expansion.
A new exhibit opening at Graceland showcases Elvis Presley's strong connection to Las Vegas, where he performed and vacationed.
Mexico's Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man for the fourth year in a row, according to Forbes, while Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush writes in a new book that the nation needs to completely overhaul its immigration policies but cautions against providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a position that puts him at odds with some Senate reformers within his own party.
China's government promised its people Tuesday deficit-fueled spending to fight deep-seated corruption, improve the despoiled environment and address other quality-of-life issues demanded by an increasingly vocal public looking for change.
Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the CIA after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
A severe new respiratory infection has hit cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and his condition is "very delicate," Venezuela's government says.
Government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Utility regulators will be asked again Tuesday to approve a rate increase to repay money Mississippi Power Co. has borrowed to build a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.
Monday, March 4
Mississippi HIV/AIDS advocates are meeting the news of a baby's apparent cure from human immunodeficiency virus with hope and cautious optimism.
For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.
A Mississippi Delta native, Gene Dattel was the only Mississippian to attend Yale in 1962.
The documentary "United States of ALEC" is showing March 5, 7 p.m., in the Student Center Theater at Jackson State University.
The weak job market is prompting many young adults to pursue careers as skilled laborers—jobs that pay well and don't need a four-year degree.
Mississippi State University's 15th president, Donald W. Zacharias, has died of complications from multiple sclerosis, the university said Sunday. He was 77.
After almost two years of pushing for a sports complex for Vicksburg, Mayor Paul Winfield has shelved the project.
Three budget crises ago, in early 2011, Republicans and President Barack Obama faced off over raising the debt ceiling—and Alison Brown saw the writing on the wall.
The spending cuts are here to stay if you believe the public posturing Sunday.
More than 5,000 people followed Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.
President Barack Obama learned in his first term that he couldn't change Washington from the inside, saying in the heat of his re-election race: "You can only change it from the outside."
The child, who's now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year, shows no signs of infection.
Sunday, March 3
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State had a 13-game losing streak, only seven scholarship players and every reason in the world to roll over for Mississippi on Saturday in front of a two-thirds filled Humphrey Coliseum. Instead, the Bulldogs pulled off a stunning 73-67 victory over their archrival that ended nearly two months of misery.
Friday, March 1
Today marks the deadline for Congress and the president to agree on a plan to avoid the $85 billion in automatic, indiscriminate spending cuts called the sequester.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
When Dr. Michael Vinson Williams discusses his most recent book, "Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr," one can only wonder where he obtained the passion to write such an in-depth biography of one of Jackson's most important visionaries.
On Saturday, the JFP sponsors the Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal's.
Jackson State University will produce a digital short about the connection between slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and author Margaret Walker Alexander.
Although far behind schedule, Mississippi officials say plans for BlueFire Renewables Inc.'s biofuels plant aren't dead, just dormant.
In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.
It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest.
Automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday are expected to touch a vast range of government services.
After almost three years in custody, the Army private accused in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history said he did it because he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.
Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.
Five hundred miles from Capitol Hill, the men and women of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are worrying about paying rent, searching for new jobs and caring for sick loved ones.
House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on expansion of the Violence Against Women Act.
Obama says he again wants a fiscal deal to raise taxes and trim billions from entitlement programs.
The Mississippi House has sent a bill to the governor's desk to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons.