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Bryant: Collect DNA after certain arrests

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he supports proposals to require collection of DNA from people arrested and charged with violent crimes such as murder.

 

 

House OKs bill to create 3 elite strike forces

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

 

 

Miss. House approves criminal justice changes

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi legislators are advancing proposals designed to trim $266 million from the prison budget over the coming decade.

 

 

Miss. enacts law to protect teachers' August pay

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a new law designed to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, even if they work fewer days than usual because the school year will start later.

 

 

Mississippi House moves forward with money for health clinics

Posted 2/11/2014 in State

The Republican-led Mississippi House voted Monday to give $4.8 million of state money to health clinics that provide primary care for low-income patients, but Democrats criticized the proposal as a minuscule effort compared to the federal dollars Mississippi could collect by expanding Medicaid.

 

Only 100 voter IDs distributed so far

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

About 100 Mississippi Voter ID cards -- equal to about three-one thousandths of the state's population -- have been distributed statewide since the start of a campaign to ensure voters are ready for mandatory photo IDs at the polls this year.

 

B.B. King marker returned in Leflore Co.

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King in Leflore County has been returned.

 

 

Miss. House seeks to end self-destruct switch

Posted 2/10/2014 in State

A figurative self-destruct switch is turned on at many state agencies in Mississippi. No time bombs are ticking in the office buildings that overlook the Capitol. But laws that authorize many agencies specify a date that the law will be repealed and the agency will cease to exist.

 

 

Miss. gets $5.6 million to help struggling schools

Posted 2/9/2014 in State

Mississippi is getting $5.6 million in federal money to pay for efforts to improve poorly performing schools.

 

 

Local Mississippi officials could get to set two holidays

Posted 2/7/2014 in State

City and county governments in Mississippi might get more flexibility to declare local holidays.

 

Miss. House members vote for teacher pay raise

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

Arguing that their option is the only politically viable route to a teacher pay raise this year, Republicans on Wednesday pushed through the Mississippi House their proposal to increase salaries by about $4,250 over four years.

 

K-9 dog being sent back to company

Posted 2/6/2014 in State

The Gulfport Police Department has pink-slipped K-9 Fred.

 

 

Gulfport police, DEA: Grocery store was selling drugs

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Gulfport police and federal drug agents say they seized high-grade marijuana and spice believed to be sold from Martin's Grocery.

 

 

Mississippi special education students could get vouchers

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Parallel bills in the Mississippi House and Senate would give more than $6,000 a year in state money to the parent of any special education student who wanted to withdraw their child from their local public school district.

 

 

Miss. bill proposes abortion ban after 20 weeks

Posted 2/5/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks' gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks.

 

 

BB King marker missing in Leflore County

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing.

 

 

Gov. announces Mississippi Works online job system

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

The state of Mississippi has unveiled an interactive resource to pair employers and jobs through the Internet and mobile applications.

 

 

Adams County supervisors extends option to KiOR

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to extend an option contract on the former Belwood Country Club property to alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR.

 

 

House Speaker Gunn eyes teacher raise up to $4,250 over four years

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate.

 

 

Gov. declares Severe Weather Prep Week

Posted 2/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service will issue Wednesday a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 a.m.

 

 

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