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2016 session: Tax cut, school changes; no new highway money

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators grabbed national attention during their 2016 session by voting to let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.



China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

Posted 4/23/2016 in State

China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China.



Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans solve flag fight with coins

Posted 4/22/2016 in State

House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.



Treasurer says borrowing too high, some projects unworthy

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is objecting to a bill passed by lawmakers to borrow money for construction projects, saying some of the projects are imprudent and she's worried about the state taking on too much debt.



Bryant cutting $25M in 2nd round of reductions

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday made his second round of state spending cuts since the current budget year started July 1, with revenue continuing to fall short of expectations in a sluggish economy.



UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi.



Clarksdale officer shot in face returns home from hospital

Posted 4/21/2016 in State

A Clarksdale police corporal who was shot in the face two months ago has returned home.



Miss. House turns back limit on taking campaign cash

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

With longtime members rebelling against changes, the Mississippi House voted down a bill that would have restricted personal use of campaign money.



Comedian Tracy Morgan scraps planned Miss. performance

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan has scrapped a scheduled April 29 performance in Mississippi, citing its contested religious-objections bill for his decision.



School funding formula changes die after lawmaker talks fail

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

Lawmakers won't rewrite Mississippi's K-12 school funding formula this year.



Man paroled in conspiracy to photograph senator's ill wife

Posted 4/20/2016 in State

A Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the Southern Republican's hard-fought 2014 campaign.



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.



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