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Miss. lawmakers gearing up work on FY15 budget

Posted 2/19/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are working on early versions of budget bills, and final negotiations are weeks away.

 

 

Cochran says he doesn't know much about tea party

Posted 2/19/2014 in State

Veteran Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi says he's not familiar with the tea party, even though he's being challenged by a supporter of the populist movement.

 

 

House eyes tax holiday for guns and hunting

Posted 2/19/2014 in State

Mississippians could be able to buy guns, bullets, all-terrain vehicles and boats without paying sales taxes for a couple days under a proposal moving forward in the House.

 

 

FBI helping with investigation of Ole Miss statue

Posted 2/19/2014 in State

The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

 

 

Reward for suspects who defaced Ole Miss statue

Posted 2/18/2014 in State

A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of two men involved in defacing the James Meredith statue at the University of Mississippi.

 

 

Lawmakers choose small increase in financial aid

Posted 2/17/2014 in State

The leaders of Mississippi's universities and community colleges had plans for a major overhaul of state-funded financial aid programs before the current legislative session. But lawmakers appear likely to adopt only a portion of the plan.

 

 

Voters may enshrine right to hunt, fish

Posted 2/17/2014 in State

Mississippi voters will decide in November whether to amend the state constitution to guarantee the right to hunt and fish.

 

 

Prison for adult performer in buttocks-shot death

Posted 2/15/2014 in State

JACKSON -- An adult entertainer was sentenced in Mississippi Friday to seven years in prison for helping set up an illegal silicone buttocks injection that killed an Atlanta woman.

 

 

Bills aim to restrict union organizing, picketing

Posted 2/14/2014 in State

Mississippi senators want to restrict some union organizing and picketing practices, as well as local laws that might benefit workers.

 

 

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.

 

 

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