Top 10 News Stories in Mississippi:
1.) Haley Barbour elected governor. Barbour a seasoned Washington politico and insider, toppled incumbent Democrat Ronnie Musgrove.
2.) War in Iraq. Many Mississippians left for war in 2003. The National Guard and reserve units were called to duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. 10 Mississippi soldiers have died thus far in the war.
3.) Attorney Paul Minor, Justice Oliver Diaz Junior, and several others were indicted on fraud charges. The trial will begin in March.
4.) Lockheed Martin Shootings. On July 8th, Doug Williams opened fire on co-workers, killing six and injuring nine others before then committing suicide.
5.) The auto industry officially came to Mississippi in May with the opening of Nissan's assembly plant.
6.) Mississippi said goodbye to WorldCom in April. The one-time telecommunications giant, trying to escape both the largest ever U.S. ever bankruptcy and biggest accounting fraud, moved its headquarters to Ashburn, Virginia.
7.) In June, reputed Klansman Ernest Avants was sentenced to life without parole in the 1966 slaying of a black sharecropper who was shot in what prosecutors say was a plot to lure the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior to Mississippi to be assassinated.
8.) Senate Republicans in October failed to break a Democratic filibuster of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering's promotion to the federal appeals court.
9.) Only one of six children survived a house fire that started while their mothers were allegedly at a nightclub in October in Yazoo City.
10.) The U.S. Justice Department sued the state after officials were unable to agree on how to improve conditions at Columbia Training School in Columbia and Oakley Training School near Raymond.
The Top Ten stories are voted on by the Associated Press Staff in Jackson, Mississippi.