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Mississippi Officials Set to Rule on Controversial Landfill

Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality is set to decide on whether a controversial new landfill will be allowed in a county that already has two other trash dumping sites.

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Both Parties in New Mississippi Senate Leadership Roles

Mississippi's new Republican lieutenant governor is putting together a bipartisan leadership team in the state Senate for the new four-year term.

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Mississippi, Lacking Guards, Sends Inmates to Private Prison

Mississippi's prison system signed a 90-day contract to shift 375 inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to a nearby private lockup, saying it doesn't have the guards to safely keep the inmates in state custody in the wake of recent violence.

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Facebook Again Refuses to Ban Political Ads, Even False Ones

Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people.

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Trump Proposes Sweeping Rollback of Environmental Oversight

In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment.

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Iran Downed Ukrainian Jetliner, US, Canadian Officials Say

Evidence indicates it is “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran late Tuesday, U.S. and Canadian officials said Thursday.

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Mississippi Working to Cover Full Cost of Teacher Pay Raise

Mississippi lawmakers are working on funding the final portion of a pay raise that teachers started receiving this school year. The $1,500 raise was approved during the 2019 legislative session, but officials later discovered a bureaucratic error.

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District to Close School, Consolidate Others to Save Money

Trustees over the second-largest school district in Mississippi have voted to close an elementary school and consolidate two middle schools.

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Iran Retaliates with Missiles in 'Slap' at US Bases in Iraq

Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing its most powerful military commander, firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops in what the Iranian supreme leader said was a “slap” against the U.S. military presence in the region.

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Mississippi Inaugurates New Legislators for Four-Year Term

Legislators are taking their oath of office Tuesday in Mississippi, and they will set the direction of state government for the next four years.

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Outgoing Governor Bryant Proclaims Jan. 26-Feb. 1 'Mississippi School Choice Week'

Outgoing Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Mississippi School Choice Week.

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Jeff McCutchen

Capt. Jeff McCutchen will be officially sworn in Monday as the Oxford Police Department's new police chief. McCutchen has been running the 100-person department for the last 11 months as interim chief when former chief Joey East took leave to run for Lafayette County sheriff.

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Legal Group Seeks Federal Inquiry into Mississippi Prisons

Prisoner advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate Mississippi’s prison system for possible civil rights violations, saying the violence of recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates’ constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

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Weinstein Charged with Sex Crimes in LA on Eve of NY Trial

Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial.

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One of Two Escapees from Troubled Mississippi Prison in Custody

One of two prisoners believed to have escaped from one of several Mississippi prisons recently rocked by violence is back in custody, authorities said early Sunday.