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Choctaw County Jail Shut Down

Updated: 11/01/2010 - The Choctaw County, Ala., Jail has been closed by order of the Alabama Fire Marshal's Office.

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Repeal of Housing Tax Breaks Issue for 2011

Posted: 11/01/2010 - A key Mississippi lawmaker sees no changes in a five-year-old housing tax credit law, until local governments and developers compromise.

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Alabama Gubernatorial Hopefuls Tour the State

Posted: 11/01/2010 - Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Ron Sparks are flying from one end of Alabama to the other in search of votes on the final day of the gubernatorial campaign.

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Polling Sites Change Locations

Updated: 11/01/2010 - Before you head to the polls this week, here's something to remember. In Lauderdale County, four polling sites have changed locations.

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Absentee Voting Proves Popular

Posted: 10/28/2010 - Sumter County election official say absentee votes are expected to count for a large portion of the total votes cast.

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Poll Shows Thompson, Marcy in Close Race

Posted: 10/27/2010 - Democrat Bennie Thompson is out campaigning in Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District, saying he's not taking for granted that he'll be re-elected next Tuesday. The latest poll shows his challenger, Bill Marcy of Meridian, is keeping the race neck and neck.

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House Leaders, State Directors Talk Budget

Posted: 10/27/2010 - Mississippi agency leaders have told lawmakers they cannot cut enough in their budgets in the next fiscal year, without crippling programs.

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Hewes Campaigning for Lt. Gov.'s Office

Updated: 10/26/2010 - State Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, held a campaign event Tuesday night in Meridian.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Supervisors

Updated: 10/25/2010 - The Meridian Star has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission about Lauderdale County supervisors going 'off topic' during an executive session.

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MeridianTeaParty.com Host 'Get Out the Vote' Rally

Updated: 10/23/2010 - Member of MeridianTeaParty.com hosted a 'Get Out the Vote' Rally Saturday afternoon. From 2 to 5p.m., community members and leaders filled Meridian's Dumont Plaza.

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Part of Executive Session to Air Sunday

Updated: 10/23/2010 - Part of an executive session of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors that has been the subject of controversy for allegedly covering an illegal topic will air Sunday during WTOK's 'On the Record' program.

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Jobless Rates Down in Twin States

Updated: 10/22/2010 - In September, the unemployment rate declined for the fifth consecutive month in Alabama and for the 6th straight month in Mississippi.

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Stringer Suggests Voters Approve Tax Package

Posted: 10/22/2010 - The chief budget writer in the Mississippi House is proposing that lawmakers put a tax-increase package on the election-year ballot in 2011, leaving voters to decide if it will take effect.

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Supervisors Respond to Allegation of Law Violation

Updated: 10/21/2010 - Lauderdale County supervisors don't deny going off-subject in an executive session in which only personnel matters should have been discussed. But they don't see it as a violation of the open meetings law.

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Riley Opposes Raiding State Savings Account

Posted: 10/21/2010 - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is asking voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would distribute savings funds to road projects.

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MSDH to Tout Smoke-Free Legislation

Posted: 10/20/2010 - The Mississippi Department of Health will hold a series of luncheons to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

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