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Bryant signs bill broadening charter school enrollment

Posted 4/15/2016 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that would allow some Mississippi students to attend charter schools outside their home school districts.

 

 

Status unclear of public school funding formula changes

Posted 4/15/2016 in State

With only days to go, it remains unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will attempt major changes to the state's public school funding formula.

 

Lawmakers honor fallen officer killed in February standoff

Posted 4/14/2016 in State

The Mississippi Legislature is honoring the family of a fallen Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officer and three state troopers whom Gov. Phil Bryant awarded the Medal of Valor.

Dems seek to undo Miss. LGBT law, but likely to fail

Posted 4/13/2016 in State

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling for repeal of an incoming Mississippi law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

 

Mississippi picnic in NYC canceled over HB 1523

Posted 4/13/2016 in State

An annual New York City picnic celebrating Mississippi food and culture is canceled because of Mississippi's adoption of a contested religious-objections bill.

 

 

Bill to tighten regulation on bail bonds heading to gov.

Posted 4/13/2016 in State

A bill that would increase state regulation of bail bond companies is now in Gov. Phil Bryant's hands.

 

 

Confederate emblem 'anti-American,' judge in flag case says

Posted 4/13/2016 in State

A federal judge said Tuesday that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to leave the United States.

 

 

Miss. church a window into national gay rights debate

Posted 4/12/2016 in State

On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates.

 

 

95 Miss. authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT law

Posted 4/12/2016 in State

A former U.S. poet laureate, winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and best-selling authors including John Grisham are among 95 Mississippi authors urging state officials to repeal a law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

 

 

Bryant signs appointed superintendents into law

Posted 4/12/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that changes all public school district superintendents to appointees.

 

 

Under the Capitol Dome: Analysis: HB1523 shows Miss. cultural, political rift

Posted 4/11/2016 in State

As the Mississippi Senate sparred in one of its most contentious debates of the 2016 session, spectators watched intently from a balcony overlooking the chamber.

 

 

ABC anchor on Miss. law: Equal treatment for everyone

Posted 4/11/2016 in State

Robin Roberts said Friday that "it hurts my soul" that someone might not be welcome in Mississippi because of a law saying religious groups and some private businesses can cite moral beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

 

 

Hancock creditors hope to recover some money

Posted 4/9/2016 in State

Hancock Fabrics owes nearly $84 million to three secured creditors who have first dibs on any proceeds coming from the liquidation of its stores.

 

 

For new state law, it's conscience vs. nondiscrimination

Posted 4/7/2016 in State

Some Mississippians say a new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people is needed protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.

 

 

New York bans state trips to Mississippi because of new law

Posted 4/6/2016 in State

New York state has banned non-essential state-funded travel to Mississippi after that state's governor signed a law allowing religious groups and some businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

 

 

Washington governor bans state travel to Mississippi

Posted 4/6/2016 in State

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined the Seattle mayor in banning official travel to Mississippi due to the state's new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on beliefs.

 

 

Legal pressure may be ahead for law denying service to gays

Posted 4/6/2016 in State

The decision by Mississippi's governor to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off gathering opposition in the state's business community, but it could launch the state into litigation.

 

 

Local leaders react to law allowing service denial to gays

Posted 4/6/2016 in State

Several Golden Triangle leaders have spoken out against a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Bryant that allows religious groups and private businesses in Mississippi to deny services to gay and transgender people.

 

 

Blue Mountain launches enrollment plan

Posted 4/5/2016 in State

The Board of Trustees of Blue Mountain College unanimously approved the conceptual framework for a seven-year strategic enrollment plan entitled "GROW BMC!"

 

 

Hancock Fabrics to close remaining stores

Posted 4/2/2016 in State

The remaining 185 stores of Hancock Fabrics will close, bringing an end to the fabrics and crafts retailer that was founded in Tupelo in 1957.

 

 

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