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Miss. legislators kill domestic abuse divorce bill

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Supporters of a bill that would have added domestic abuse as grounds for divorce in Mississippi were outraged after it died in a House committee, whose chairman argued that the legislature shouldn't pass measures "opening the floodgates" to more divorces.



House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn't bring it up.



Mississippi Senate kills online registration, early in-person voting

Posted 3/1/2017 in State

Mississippians won't be able to initially register to vote online or vote early at courthouses after Senate committees killed bills that would have allowed those changes.



Reeves kills bill to collect internet tax, earmark for roads

Posted 2/28/2017 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that the Mississippi Senate will reject House legislation that would force retailers to collect taxes on internet sales and earmark the money for road and bridge work.



Reward now $22,500 for suspect in woman's death

Posted 2/28/2017 in State

Authorities in Mississippi have announced a large increase in the reward for information leading to the arrest of a 28-year-old man suspected in the death of his girlfriend.



Authorities look for murder, assault suspect

Posted 2/27/2017 in State

Mississippi authorities have launched a nationwide search for a man wanted for murder and aggravated assault.



Miss. governor wants renewed push for lottery

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue.



Miss. Senate panel kills bill to limit powers of attorney general

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A bill to limit the powers of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is "pretty much dead" after a committee voted to set it aside without making a final decision, the chairman said Thursday.



Sanctuary city ban heads to Miss. House

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A bill headed to the Mississippi House says cities, counties, state agencies and public colleges can't prevent employees from asking someone's immigration status and can't give legal status to people who have entered the country without permission.



Former Southaven mayor's retrial moved out of the county

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

A judge has decided that former Southaven, Mississippi, Mayor Greg Davis will be retried four counties away on felony fraud and embezzlement charges.



Mississippi could expand dyslexia voucher program

Posted 2/24/2017 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could expand a program enabling students to use state money to attend schools with specialized help for dyslexia.



Death in Miss.: Man held in quadruple slaying

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

A man who lived in a rural home with his romantic partner, her young son, her mother and her sister was arrested on murder charges after all four were found shot to death, authorities said Wednesday.



Natural gas could cost less than coal for Kemper plant

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says the power plant it's building in Kemper County will be cheaper to run on natural gas than on its planned fuel of lignite coal unless gas prices are high.



Immigration raids conducted at Mississippi restaurants

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

Federal authorities have raided multiple restaurants in Mississippi as part of an immigration check.



Miss. Economic Council president retiring in June

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

The head of the Mississippi Economic Council is retiring in June, and a current staff member has been named interim president and chief executive officer, the organization said Wednesday.



McComb musician plays BB King in new miniseries

Posted 2/23/2017 in State

Castro Coleman is living his dream as he hits the small screen to play one of his idols.



Suspect arrested in slaying of east Miss. family of 4

Posted 2/22/2017 in State

Authorities have charged one person in the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old boy and his mother, grandmother and aunt at their home in eastern Mississippi.



No penalty for furling Confederate-themed Miss. flag

Posted 2/22/2017 in State

The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.



Bill with cigarette and gas tax provisions killed

Posted 2/22/2017 in State

A Mississippi House leader reversed course Tuesday and blocked a bill that could have led to higher gasoline and cigarette taxes.



Senate bill would cut property taxes for more industries

Posted 2/22/2017 in State

Mississippi senators want more industrial projects to qualify for property tax breaks.



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