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JACKSON — Mississippi senators clashed Tuesday before passing a bill to let the state auditor see tax returns to verify the income of people enrolled in Medicaid or other public assistance programs.

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When Travis Patten became Adams County’s sheriff in 2016, he never thought he would be thrust into the role of social worker, fielding calls from desperate families looking for help for loved ones having a mental health crisis.

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BRANDON — Jerry Sanders has been sitting in a jail cell on a relatively minor charge of methamphetamine possession for more than a year — longer than the sentence he could get if he’s convicted.

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JACKSON — Five Mississippi locations are among the 138 stores nationwide that J.C. Penney Co. will close in the coming months, but the Greenwood store on Park Avenue will remain open.

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Sen. Lydia Chassaniol’s proposal to dissolve the Mississippi Arts Commission and absorb its functions into the tourism division of the Mississippi Development Authority is meeting with opposition from the arts community across the state and locally.

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JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it’s wrong that a presidential candidate could be elected by focusing on larger “liberal” states and ignoring smaller ones.

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JACKSON — The state chamber of commerce has unveiled a banner to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial.

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WIGGINS — Stone High School’s football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school’s first-year coach.

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JACKSON — A man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three people in Montgomery County Wednesday, and authorities said the suspect is a onetime jailhouse informant whose testimony helped convict another man of four 1996 killings.

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A gay man claims he and his legal partner were mistreated by Greenwood police after another man pulled a gun on them.

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Despite gray and threatening skies Tuesday, a celebration was taking place at Greenwood Market Place — the kickoff of the Salvation Army’s annual kettle campaign.

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Greenwood will be the focal point for family fun Thursday and Friday as two major events come to town: the annual courthouse lighting and the Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade.

JACKSON — Two years after their divorce filing got entangled in Mississippi’s efforts to prevent same-sex marriage, a judge Tuesday dissolved the legal union of Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

JACKSON — Mississippians will get to express their opinions about this year’s proposed school funding initiatives during a series of public hearings in late summer.

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When it comes to slowing traffic down, there are better ways to do it than adding speed bumps, Greenwood City Councilman Johnny Jennings says.