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Bill to audit welfare recipients sent back to committee

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Lawmakers are unlikely to reconsider a bill requiring audits of Medicaid recipients and tightening restrictions on other government aid.



Executioners and drug suppliers to be secret in Miss.

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

A legal veil of secrecy could drop over much of the execution process in Mississippi under a bill agreed on by House and Senate negotiators.



Miss. lawmakers agree to borrow $250M in bonds

Posted 4/19/2016 in State

Mississippi state government would borrow $250 million under an agreement between House and Senate negotiators that's headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.



After 65 years, soldier's remains return from Korea to Miss.

Posted 4/19/2016 in State

Roy Evans tried to join the Army in the early 1950s so he could hunt for his older brother's body in Korea. The Army wouldn't let him.


Analysis: Business not getting everything from Republicans

Posted 4/18/2016 in State

In the land of the Republican supermajority, the power of the business community is maybe less than expected. Twice in recent weeks, officials have stiffed the Mississippi Economic Council, the state's Chamber of Commerce.


Miss. governor signs law allowing armed church members

Posted 4/17/2016 in State

A holstered gun sat on top of a Bible on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's desk Friday when he signed a law allowing guns in churches, which he said would help protect worshippers from potential attackers.



Bryant signs bill banning second-trimester abortion method

Posted 4/17/2016 in State

Mississippi's governor has signed into law a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, setting the state up for a possible legal challenge.



Franklin Graham: Christians should deepen political work

Posted 4/15/2016 in State

Evangelist Franklin Graham, on a 50-state prayer rally tour for more Christian involvement in politics, made clear in Mississippi Wednesday that he supports the state's incoming law to let churches and some private businesses deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.



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.



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