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Miss. health insurance exchange proposal in limbo

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi's proposed health insurance exchange is in limbo because of a dispute between the governor and the insurance commissioner.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers face April deadline for budget

Posted 1/4/2013 in State

Mississippi budget writers have released their initial proposals for fiscal 2014 but are months away from deciding exactly how much the state will spend on education, health care and other services.

 

AP Interview: Bryant says education is top issue

Posted 1/2/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said education dominates his 2013 legislative agenda, from merit pay for teachers to charter schools that will receive public funding but be free of some state regulations.

 

Analysis: Miss. judges see raises with new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

Mississippi judges -- thanks to Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for a novel funding method that didn't raid the treasury.

 

Education tops state's legislative agenda

Posted 12/31/2012 in State

When state lawmakers return to work Jan. 8, overhauling some aspects of the state's education system is expected to be top priority for the first 90-day session of the year. Among the more contentious issues will be the re-introduction of charter school legislation in the Senate, a debate senate Republicans are planning to win.

 

Miss. schools could face cuts from fiscal cliff

Posted 12/29/2012 in State

Mississippi schools could lose about $53.9 million in federal education money, according to a report released by the National Education Association, if Congress doesn't stop a package of budget cuts scheduled to take place Jan. 2.

 

 

MEMA: More than 25 injured in storms in Miss.

Posted 12/27/2012 in State

More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday.

 

 

Gov. Bryant declares Miss. emergency over storms

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency for several Mississippi counties after severe storms moved through the state.

 

 

Home-brewed beer faces Catch-22 in Mississippi

Posted 12/26/2012 in State

Catch-22 would be a good name for beer brewed at home in Mississippi. The attorney general says home-brewing is legal in the state with a permit from the Department of Revenue. But here's the catch: State tax officials say the law doesn't allow permits specifically for home-brewers.

 

 

Bryant weighs in on tort cap case in federal court

Posted 12/20/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant says scrapping Mississippi's tort reform laws would hinder economic development and cost the state the jobs that it brings.

 

Southaven mayor indicted for misuse of taxpayer money

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

A north Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money on several purchases including at a Canadian sex shop was indicted Tuesday on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements.

 

Judge upholds Kemper Co. power plant license

Posted 12/19/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s $2.8 billion Kemper County coal-fired plant is one step closer to legal clearance after a judge denied a Sierra Club challenge to the plant's license.

 

 

Miss. schools eye security after Conn. shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in State

School officials across Mississippi say they're on high alert and evaluating security policies in the wake of a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

Miss. farmers see record soybean and corn yields

Posted 12/15/2012 in State

Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before. U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers brush up on education proposals

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers were doing homework Wednesday before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools.

 

 

Judge criticizes DHS in child custody case

Posted 12/13/2012 in State

A Lamar County judge has criticized the Department of Human Services related to the custody of a 3-year-old child whose biological father is a registered sex offender.

 

Multiple bomb threats prompt evacuations

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Bomb threats prompted the evacuation of courthouses across the state Wednesday, including those in Lowndes and Clay counties. No explosives were found and no injuries were reported.

Miss. companies with $227M in aid employ fewer than 500

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010 but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.

 

Miss. lawmakers reveal budget proposal for 2014

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Most parts of Mississippi education, from kindergarten through college, would receive the same amount of state funding next year as this year, under a budget proposal released Tuesday by House and Senate leaders.

 

 

Unions flip to support Kemper in exchange for jobs

Posted 12/12/2012 in State

Mississippi Power Co.'s contractors have agreed to hire about 1,000 labor union members to build its Kemper County power plant, and a group of unions says it now supports the project.

 

 

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