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Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

 

 

Autism insurance proposals advance in Miss. Legislature

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism screening, diagnosis and treatment on health plans sold in the state.

 

 

Reeves seeks $382M in tax cuts for companies and individuals

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing to phase in $382 million in tax cuts over 10 years.

 

 

House rejects state balanced budget amendment

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi voters may not get a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment in November requiring a balanced state budget.

 

 

Lt. Governor Reeves to propose cutting franchise tax

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

Embracing one of the business community's long-held tax reduction goals, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will propose eliminating the franchise tax on business capital today.

 

Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn't come from a political office.

Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi's attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, 11 other state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position.

 

Banned items found during prison shakedown

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

Officials say cellphones, shanks, prepaid credit cards and other contraband items have been found at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

 

New Democrat Johnson has tough campaign ahead

Posted 2/9/2015 in State

Former state Sen. Tim Johnson jumped from Republican to Democrat last week to launch his campaign for Mississippi lieutenant governor, and he faces a difficult path in a state where the GOP controls seven of eight statewide offices and both chambers of the Legislature.

Nunnelee condolences come from White House, Caldwell classmates

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

In the final months of his life, fighting a losing battle against the effects of brain cancer and a stroke, Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi said he drew strength from a Bible verse about giving thanks to God in all circumstances.

 

House resurrects texting-while-driving ban it killed in 2014

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

In 2014, a bill to ban texting, emailing and social media use died a messy death in Mississippi's House of Representatives on the last night of the legislative session.

 

 

Probe of burning death continues in north Miss.

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

Authorities say they are still investigating the burning death of a woman in north Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. bill would honor late Sen. Turner

Posted 2/7/2015 in State

The Mississippi Senate has voted to name a segment of highway after a former lawmaker.

 

 

House approves recording, concert, theater incentives

Posted 2/6/2015 in State

Incentives for recorded music sound good to some Mississippi lawmakers.

 

 

Bill fails that would limit attorney general's power to sue

Posted 2/5/2015 in State

Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood's ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers.

 

 

Measures to collect debts from tax refunds falter

Posted 2/5/2015 in State

House members are having second thoughts about bills that would allow governments and hospitals to seize state income tax refunds to pay debts.

 

Open Meetings bills die in committee on Tuesday

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

Two Mississippi Senate bills seeking to more specifically define what constitutes a public meeting have both died in committee, according to the legislature's website.

 

House panel approves small bump in sales tax money to cities

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

Mississippi's nearly 300 cities and towns could collectively get about $30 million more sales tax money under proposals lawmakers are considering.

 

 

Miss. vaccination exemption could change

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health would lose its role in deciding whether a child can skip or delay a mandatory vaccination against measles or other diseases, under a proposal that awaits debate at the state Capitol.

 

 

Reeves joins those seeking school spending bump

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

As the 2015 elections approach, Republican leaders in the Mississippi Legislature appear to be reaching a consensus to spend more on K-12 education in next year's budget.

 

 

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