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Analysis: Conflict puts lawmakers' own speech in peril

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

A majority of Mississippi House members voted willingly last week to limit their own power of speech in their own chamber by eliminating something called the point of personal privilege.


Miss. House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

Mississippi House Republicans passed a bill Friday that would require regular audits of Medicaid recipients and penalize those who fail to update their records.



Legislators talk gas tax increase to repair roads, bridges

Posted 2/29/2016 in State

The heads of the Mississippi Legislature's two transportation committees are considering raising the gas tax to maintain highways and bridges.



Black Caucus stalls Miss. House work amid tensions

Posted 2/26/2016 in State

Black Democrats in the Mississippi House say Republicans are unfairly shutting them out of the legislative process, and they stalled House business for several hours Thursday to try to pressure the majority GOP.



Bryant: April named Confederate Heritage Month

Posted 2/26/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.



Miss. continues 'sluggish' growth, economist says

Posted 2/26/2016 in State

Mississippi continues to have "sluggish" growth that trails the Southeast and the nation as a whole, state economist Darrin Webb told lawmakers Wednesday.



Man charged in burning death of Miss. woman

Posted 2/25/2016 in State

It took investigators more than a year of painstaking work, but they say they have finally cracked the case of a former high school cheerleader who was found near death in her rural Mississippi hometown after being doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.



Lawsuit: Physician's mental hospital confinement is cover-up

Posted 2/25/2016 in State

A Greenwood oncologist is suing Attorney General Jim Hood and officials of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, claiming they're illegally confining him to cover up how an alleged hit man died in April 2012.



At least 7 Miss. tornadoes confirmed from Tuesday

Posted 2/25/2016 in State

The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least seven tornadoes hit Mississippi Tuesday.



Mississippi faces $52M Medicaid budget gap this year

Posted 2/25/2016 in State

The top budget writer in the Mississippi House says the state's Medicaid program needs another $52 million during the budget year that ends June 30.



Powerful storms roll across South, causing death and damage

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

A deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Gulf Coast states Tuesday night was expected to bring severe weather to the Carolinas by Wednesday afternoon.



Miss. lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

Mississippi legislators this year won't attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can't find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner.



Slain Mississippi narcotics agent saluted at funeral

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

Three wounded Mississippi state troopers described dead state narcotics agent Lee Tartt as a hero in videos broadcast at Tartt's funeral Tuesday.



Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill

Posted 2/24/2016 in State

A bill that would let physicians exempt children from Mississippi's vaccination requirements is advancing in the state House.


Gunn: Let voters decide on Miss. flag

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, who became the first prominent Republican last summer to call for Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its flag, said Monday that if the flag design is going to be reconsidered, it should be put on a statewide ballot just as it was 15 years ago.


Spring Tupelo Furniture Market kicks off Thursday

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market will kick off its 29th consecutive year this week as buyers and sellers start to gather.



Mother: Family might have ended standoff without bloodshed

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

The mother of a man who shot four Mississippi law enforcement officers and was killed in a shootout says authorities refused to let her talk to her son during nearly six hours of negotiations.



Deal would keep some Mississippi PSC power over cooperatives

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

Mississippi utility regulators may have averted an attempt led by electrical cooperatives to strip many powers of the Public Service Commission, but the deal could leave the regulatory body without the power to order cooperatives to pay rooftop solar panel owners enough money to make residential solar worthwhile.



Special statewide school district could take over faltering schools

Posted 2/23/2016 in State

A new statewide school district could take control of faltering local districts and keep them indefinitely in hopes of improving academic performance under a bill advancing in the Mississippi House.



Six-hour long standoff ends with Miss. officer dead

Posted 2/20/2016 in State

One law enforcement officer was killed and three were wounded early Saturday after a six-hour long standoff at a rural Mississippi house ended when authorities stormed the house and the gunman inside opened fire, authorities said.



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