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Mississippi twister carves long path of wreckage

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

Jeff Revette ran from his car and lay face-down in the grass next to the red-brick wall of a church as a tornado roared toward him, with debris scattering and electrical transformers exploding. Twenty seconds later, bricks were strewn across a flattened pickup truck a mere 10 feet away amid toppled trees and power lines.

 

Senate Bill would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS device

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS tracking bracelets and require local governments to notify the public when offenders move to their neighborhood.

 

 

House votes for teacher pay raises

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi House voted Monday to give every teacher a $5,000 pay raise starting July 1, but educators shouldn't plan on that extra cash because the proposal has zero chance of surviving.

 

Homes wrecked, dozens hurt in Mississippi tornado

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Heavy clouds blanket the skies in Hattiesburg today following a Sunday night tornado, but a steady rain has not dampened cleanup efforts on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, which took a direct hit. Residents have already started the long process of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.

 

AP: Hundreds of bills die during Legislature session

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Hundreds of bills don't survive a session of the Mississippi Legislature. Some are filed by multiple lawmakers when only one bill is needed. Some Senate bills are duplicates of House bills and vice versa. Some are silly. Some need more study. Some make no sense. Others originated in coffee shop discussions as something the Legislature should do -- but really shouldn't.

 

 

Health and Human Services: Miss. can try for fed-state health exchange

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

After blocking Mississippi's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they're encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership -- an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments.

 

 

Confederate flag mistakenly raised over court

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday.

 

 

Feds reject proposed health exchange in Miss.

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Renasant to buy First M&F in $119M stock deal

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.

 

 

Miss. mulls private collectors for child support

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services could hire private companies to handle child support collections under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

 

 

House bill would move Revenue Dept. to Clinton

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

House members want to move the Department of Revenue to a new home in Speaker Philip Gunn's district.

 

 

Expansion not in Medicaid bill, but not dead issue

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Special status of utilities source of much consternation

Posted 2/6/2013 in State

The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.

 

Rep. Gardner 4th Miss. lawmaker to die since Nov.

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.

 

Bill would let 2 workers per school carry guns

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may let two teachers or other employees per public school carry concealed weapons.

 

 

Mississippi Sovereignty bill fizzles

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won't revive its efforts to nullify federal laws -- at least not this year.

 

 

House Education Committee OKs school prayer bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

State lawmakers are advancing a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.

 

 

AP Ananlysis: Gunn shores up strength in second year

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Speaker Philip Gunn has emerged as a stronger figure in his second year at the helm of Mississippi House.

 

Feb. 4-8 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Miss.

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's in the middle of a deadly tornado zone, and Gov. Phil Bryant has declared this week Severe Weather Preparedness Week statewide. The zone stretches roughly from Little Rock, Ark., to Birmingham, Ala.

 

Super Bowl good for Mississippi

Posted 2/4/2013 in State

Mississippi Gulf Coast hotels chartered buses to bring guests to New Orleans for the Super Bowl and back. Mississippi's coastal casinos were hoping for good business.

 

 

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