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Under the Capitol dome: Analysis: Gov. says he'd sign corporate franchise tax cut

Posted 2/1/2016 in State

More than a few observers walked away from Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State speech believing they'd heard the second-term Republican oppose plans for this year's Legislature to cut the $242-million-a-year corporate franchise tax.

 

 

Food stamp cutoff concerns advocates for poor in Miss.

Posted 1/30/2016 in State

With 75,000 Mississippians at risk of losing food stamp benefits on March 30 if they don't find work or training, social service providers fear an influx of hungry people in what's already the hungriest state in the nation.

 

 

Miss. could debate firing squad as execution method

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections.

 

 

Man files appeal on conviction he sent poison-laced letters

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

A Tupelo man seeks to overturn his 2014 conviction that he sent poison-laced letters to President Obama and others.

 

Tupelo civic leader Jack Reed Sr. dies at 91

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

Jack Reed Sr., a Tupelo businessman who spoke out against Mississippi's segregationist culture and was a longtime advocate for public schools before losing a race for governor in 1987, has died.

Bryant's State of the State calls for 'blue-collar' tax cuts

Posted 1/27/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called for "blue-collar" tax cuts, public school choice and more spending on the state's troubled foster care system and crumbling highways during his annual State of the State address on Tuesday.

 

Sentencing delayed to April or later in prison bribery case

Posted 1/27/2016 in State

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and two men who admitted to bribing him won't be sentenced until at least April under delays granted by a judge.

 

 

Vicksburg Police to use body cameras soon

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Vicksburg police officers will soon start using body cameras in the line of duty. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepted a policy and procedure on the use of body cameras during its meeting Tuesday, the Vicksburg Post reported.

 

 

Reeves keeps most of same leadership team in state Senate

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is keeping most of his same leadership team in the Mississippi Senate, including chairmen of two powerful money committees.

 

 

Investigation continues in gun shop shootout

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Pearl River County officials said Monday they're still investigating a shootout over a $25 service charge that left gun shop owner Jason McLemore and his 17-year-old son Jacob dead.

 

 

Disputes highlight human flaws in election process

Posted 1/25/2016 in State

In hearings over two disputed Mississippi legislative races, testimony showed the imperfections of elections. Choosing government officials is a human endeavor, so stumbles are inevitable. The question is: How many stumbles are acceptable before an election should be overturned?

 

 

Sentencing stalls anew for Epps, others in prison bribe case

Posted 1/23/2016 in State

A judge has again delayed sentencing for a former Mississippi corrections commissioner and two men who have admitted to bribing him.

 

 

Meteorologist: Blizzards could hit N Mississippi today

Posted 1/22/2016 in State

North Mississippi is under a winter storm warning and forecasters say today could bring blizzards, with up to 6 inches of snow and 35 mph winds.

 

 

State school board approves tweaks to academic standards

Posted 1/22/2016 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Education unanimously adopted a series of minor changes to the state's academic standards Thursday, in what could be a quiet end to a controversy over the Common Core-linked guidance over what students should learn.

 

 

Mississippi governor cuts budgets, dips into rainy day fund

Posted 1/21/2016 in State

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is making 1.5 percent budget cuts for many Mississippi government programs because tax collections are falling short of expectations.

 

 

Greenville City Council votes to remove state flag

Posted 1/21/2016 in State

The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings.

 

 

Man gets 18 months for product tampering

Posted 1/21/2016 in State

A federal judge has sentenced a 42-year-old man to 18 months in prison for tampering with a consumer product.

 

 

97,909 Mississippians sign up for health care coverage

Posted 1/21/2016 in State

The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 97,909 with less than 11 days before the final deadline to get 2016 coverage.

 

Rally calls for keeping Confederate emblem on state flag

Posted 1/20/2016 in State

Removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag would be akin to communists rewriting history, a former leader of a Southern heritage group said Tuesday during a keep-the-flag rally.

 

1 Miss. Democratic super delegate supporting Sanders

Posted 1/20/2016 in State

A Democratic National Committee member from Mississippi says he's supporting Bernie Sanders for president.

 

 

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