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Governor sets $51 million more in Mississippi budget cuts

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday ordered another $51 million in cuts from Mississippi's $6.4 billion budget, as state revenues continue to lag.



Bond reduced for man charged in 'Vote Trump' church burning

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

An African-American man charged in burning of a black church that was also spray-painted with "Vote Trump" has been falsely accused, his attorney said Thursday.



Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Posted 1/13/2017 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers.


Speaker pushes restrictions on Miss. campaign spending

Posted 1/12/2017 in State

Speaker Philip Gunn took a campaign finance bill by the hand and escorted it through the Mississippi House Wednesday, a year after his top lieutenants mugged a similar measure.

Bill could enforce mandatory auto insurance requirement

Posted 1/12/2017 in State

House members are approving a bill that would require county tax collectors to check whether Mississippians have auto insurance before renewing their license tags.


Hattiesburg pastor appeals corruption conviction

Posted 1/12/2017 in State

A Hattiesburg pastor has appealed his conviction for stealing $60,000 in federal housing grants.



Hearing set for man charged in 'Vote Trump' church burning

Posted 1/12/2017 in State

A court hearing is set for a Mississippi man charged in the burning of a black church that was spray-painted with "Vote Trump."



Medicaid underfunded to start year, director tells lawmakers

Posted 1/11/2017 in State

Mississippi's Medicaid director says there are straightforward reasons the program is requesting an additional $75 million to get through the final six months of the state budget year.



Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Posted 1/11/2017 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he's requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.



Mississippi ex-Gov. Winter moves out of intensive care

Posted 1/11/2017 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter remains in fair condition as he recovers from head injuries after falling on his icy driveway.



Reeves says he expects education funding report within days

Posted 1/10/2017 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he expects a consulting firm to submit its recommendations for changing Mississippi's education funding formula in about a week or so.



Mississippi spends more on subsidized child care, but could serve fewer

Posted 1/7/2017 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services says it has increased by 50 percent the share of federal welfare money used to subsidize child care for low-income families.



Latest delay pushes Kemper power plant price over $7B

Posted 1/7/2017 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant will be delayed another month. The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant's price tag over $7 billion.



No plans for future Miss. picnics in NYC, group says

Posted 1/5/2017 in State

Organizers say they are not planning to continue the annual picnic that brought Mississippi catfish and blues to New York.



Surveyors count 9 Miss. tornadoes from Monday storms

Posted 1/5/2017 in State

The National Weather Service has counted at least nine tornadoes hitting Mississippi on Monday.



Reeves: Focus on Mississippi achievement during bicentennial

Posted 1/4/2017 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Mississippi's bicentennial is a chance to focus on achievement.



School funding, budget and roads headline 2017 Legislature

Posted 1/3/2017 in State

Mississippi's 174 legislators will return to the Capitol today, starting a 90-day legislative session that will run as late as April 2.



Change of venue sought on charges related to police killings

Posted 1/3/2017 in State

One of several suspects facing charges in connection with the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers is asking for a change of venue for her trial, citing pretrial publicity.



Analysis: House GOP maintains unity through caucus meetings

Posted 1/2/2017 in State

In Congress, they call it the Hastert rule -- the idea that a majority of the majority party must approve of legislation before it comes to the floor.



School funding formula looms as top 2017 issue for lawmakers

Posted 1/2/2017 in State

The top issue for Mississippi's Legislature when it returns Tuesday is education funding, but Republican leaders' plans remain to be seen.



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