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Former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford dies

Posted 2/28/2015 in State

Former longtime Mississippi Speaker of the House Tim Ford has died of a heart attack.



Miss. justices dislike delay in gay-divorce ruling

Posted 2/27/2015 in State

Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices said Thursday that the court should find the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.



Businessman: Mississippi's ex-prison chief sought bribes

Posted 2/26/2015 in State

A businessman says a former Mississippi prison official solicited the first in a series of bribes that eventually mounted to $1.5 million.



Differing tax cut plans advance in Mississippi House, Senate

Posted 2/25/2015 in State

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' $382 million tax-cut proposal was big, until fellow Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn rolled out his own $1.7 billion plan to eliminate Mississippi's personal income tax.



Hosemann runs for 3rd term as sec. of state

Posted 2/24/2015 in State

Republican Delbert Hosemann filed papers Monday to run for a third term as Mississippi secretary of state.



Gunn to seek phaseout of personal income tax

Posted 2/24/2015 in State

In a game of escalating tax-cut proposals, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, will propose the biggest so far: a $1.7 billion phaseout of Mississippi's state personal income tax over more than a decade, a top legislator said late Monday.



Hood running for 4th term as AG

Posted 2/21/2015 in State

Jim Hood filed papers Friday to run for a fourth term as Mississippi attorney general.



Student activity fees added by 4 Mississippi universities

Posted 2/20/2015 in State

Four of Mississippi's public universities are likely to begin charging student activity fees this fall, moving further away from the state's one-time policy of tuition including all charges.



Attorney Slater running as Democrat for Mississippi governor

Posted 2/20/2015 in State

Madison attorney Vicki Slater launched her campaign as Democrat for Mississippi governor Thursday.



Miss. appeals blocked abortion law to Supreme Court

Posted 2/19/2015 in State

Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court.



Public schools will get another year of relief on grades

Posted 2/19/2015 in State

State officials say Mississippi's public schools will have another year to keep the high grades they have been given, even though test scores indicate lower ratings.



Mississippi lawmakers working on early version of budget

Posted 2/19/2015 in State

Mississippi legislators are working on early proposals to fund state government during the year that begins July 1.



Mississippi lawmakers propose property-tax break for seniors

Posted 2/19/2015 in State

Mississippi homeowners older than 65 could get a break on their property taxes under a proposal some lawmakers are pushing.


DA seeks info about 1-hour gap in Chambers' final day

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened to a north Mississippi woman in the last hour before she was found burned.


Alday says he's 'deeply sorry' for remarks

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

A DeSoto County lawmaker apologized Tuesday for saying that in the town where he used to be mayor, "all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks.'



Can attorney general investigate Google? Judge to decide

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

Does Google help criminals by allowing its search engine to lead to pirated music or by having its autocomplete function suggest illegal activities?



Miss. senator says she plans to alter Iran divestment bill

Posted 2/17/2015 in State

A Mississippi state senator trying to curtail investments in Iran says she's reworking the bill over concerns that it could hurt the state's ability to work with automaker Toyota Motor Corp.



Gov. declares emergency in north Miss.

Posted 2/16/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency Sunday evening for northern portions of the state, but as of mid-morning today, no reports of dangerous weather had been confirmed in the Golden Triangle.



Miss. lawmakers narrow list of issues to debate

Posted 2/16/2015 in State

Mississippi legislators are approaching the midpoint of their three-month session, and they've whittled the list of issues to consider.


Manning wins new trial in Starkville slayings

Posted 2/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi death row inmate has won a new trial after the state Supreme Court found Starkville Police Department investigators withheld evidence from prosecutors and defense attorneys that showed a key state witness lied.


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