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Miss. Senate advances bill for elected supervisors

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to eliminate the election of school superintendents -- an issue that has been debated for many years.

 

 

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

Posted 2/12/2016 in State

Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast.

 

 

Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

 

 

Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.

 

 

Chicago man sues to try to get on Miss. primary ballot

Posted 2/11/2016 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering a challenge by a Chicago businessman who's trying to get listed on the state's March 8 Democratic primary ballot for president.

 

 

Miss. education leaders seek 8 percent budget increase

Posted 2/10/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools, community colleges and universities are asking for an additional $372 million in the budget year beginning July 1, even as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson said lagging state revenue makes large increases more unlikely than ever.

 

 

No smoke alarm in more than half of Miss. fatal fires

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

More than half the people killed last year by house fires in Mississippi were in homes without working smoke alarms, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office said.

 

 

Police: 2 guns used in Miss. Mardi Gras shooting

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

Two guns were used in a shooting that killed two men and injured four other people after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi, but investigators don't know how many people fired them, the police chief said Monday.

 

 

Executive: Miss. plant will make mix of tires

Posted 2/9/2016 in State

A Continental AG tire executive said Monday that the company is likely to make a mix of heavy truck and passenger vehicle tires at the $1.45 billion factory it plans near Clinton, saying the company has been unable to satisfy demand in North America despite rapid expansion in recent years.

 

 

Commercial air service to start again in Tupelo

Posted 2/6/2016 in State

The final pieces are coming together for commercial air service to start again in Tupelo, five months after the last carrier left.

 

 

Incentives for $1.45B tire plant could top $600M

Posted 2/6/2016 in State

An Associated Press analysis finds that the package of state aid and tax abatements to attract a $1.45 billion, 2,500-job Continental AG tire plant to Hinds County is worth approximately $600 million, and probably more.

 

 

State moving inmates from regional jails to save money

Posted 2/6/2016 in State

Budget problems are forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to cut the state inmate population at county regional jails.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers pass aid for tire plant, shipyard

Posted 2/5/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars of state money and incentives for a tire plant in western Hinds County and a shipyard in Gulfport.

 

 

Bryant says industrial deals biggest in state history

Posted 2/4/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will consider more than $275 million in incentives starting Thursday for a Hinds County tire plant and a Gulfport shipyard that could cumulatively invest more than $1.5 billion and create 3,500 jobs.

 

 

Chaney seeks tighter regs of bail bonds

Posted 2/4/2016 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Wednesday that he wants tighter state regulations for bail bond businesses and agents.

 

 

Storms damage homes, EMCC housing

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

A tornado damaged homes and at least one church, and strong winds damaged buildings at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Tuesday.

 

 

Miss. Power: Another $142M in Kemper overruns

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $142 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.6 billion.

 

 

NAACP seeks removal of Miss. flag in 2 counties

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

The NAACP is asking two more Mississippi counties to stop flying the state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem, but the request is meeting resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some local residents who say it represents history.

 

 

Forecast: Severe weather in north, central Miss.

Posted 2/2/2016 in State

Scattered severe storms capable of damaging winds and a few tornadoes are in the forecast for north and central Mississippi.

 

 

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.

 

 

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