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Mississippi Senate approves special education vouchers

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

Proposals to create a state voucher worth more than $6,000 for parents who withdraw their special education student from a Mississippi public school are making progress in the state House and Senate.

 

 

Miss. jury finds Tex. minister guilty in drug case

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

A Mississippi jury has found a 71-year-old Texas minister guilty of possession with intent to distribute 200 pounds of marijuana.

 

 

Miss. Supreme Court denies appeal in 2008 slaying of Columbus city worker

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal from a Lowndes County man convicted in the death of a Columbus city employee.

 

 

House advances 20-week abortion ban

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday advanced a proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.

 

 

17,350 in Miss. enroll in health insurance exchange

Posted 2/13/2014 in State

New figures show 17,350 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a website run by the federal government.

 

 

Bill would make repeat offenders serve longer

Posted 2/13/2014 in State

Old habits are hard to break when it comes to Mississippi lawmakers' desire to lock up criminals.

 

 

House nixes district for failing schools

Posted 2/13/2014 in State

Fears about loss of local control and more charter schools led Mississippi House members Wednesday to reject a plan for a separate statewide school district to take over individual failing schools.

 

 

Miss. students lag on Advanced Placement exams

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi is not only last among states in its share of high school students scoring well on Advanced Placement exams. It's also falling further behind.

 

 

Discovery of graves affects hospital parking lot plan

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

The discovery of what could be as many as 1,000 graves on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has officials rethinking the location parking facilities and other facilities.

 

 

House passes plan to pay student's community college tuition

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

A plan to pay community college tuition for recent Mississippi high school graduates who are not covered by other financial aid is advancing.

 

 

House rejects appointed superintendents bill

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi House members like elected school superintendents so much that they're not even willing to let voters decide if they want to keep electing them.

 

 

Bill seeks to address Mississippi teen pregnancy

Posted 2/12/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could require community colleges and public universities to study ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies among unmarried 18- and 19-year-olds.

 

 

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.

 

 

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