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Miss. hospitals pressing for Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/11/2013 in State

Hospital administrators are pressuring Mississippi lawmakers to expand Medicaid, an option under President Barack Obama's health care law that state Republicans have so far resisted pursuing.

 

 

Bryant gets bill permanently allowing payday loans

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers may never have to debate payday loan interest rates again.

 

 

Senate approves bill barring higher local pay

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

Cities and counties will be barred from raising minimum wages in their localities, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves.

 

 

Southaven's Mayor Davis files for re-election

Posted 3/9/2013 in State

A north Mississippi mayor, who's facing a myriad of legal problems and announced he would not seek a fifth term, did an about-face Friday and filed for re-election as an Independent.

 

 

House revives push to raise speed limit to 75

Posted 3/8/2013 in State

The Mississippi House has a need for speed. House members amended an unrelated Senate bill Thursday to allow the state Transportation Commission to raise the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph.

 

 

Plan could allow state takeover of F-rated schools

Posted 3/8/2013 in State

 

 

FAA to close 7 airport control towers in Miss.

Posted 3/8/2013 in State

Seven air traffic control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services.

 

 

Miss. House passes home-brewing bill

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.

 

 

Miss. Dems seek new approach on Medicaid expansion

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion -- an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose.

 

 

FBI monitoring investigation of candidate's death

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

The FBI said Wednesday that it has been monitoring the state investigation into the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi, but the agency didn't indicate it had opened its own investigation.

 

 

Miss. House sends school prayer bill to Bryant

Posted 3/7/2013 in State

The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that could legalize student prayer before school audiences.

 

Miss. rep. asks FBI to review candidate's death

Posted 3/6/2013 in State

A Mississippi congressman on Tuesday asked the FBI to review the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate to determine if any federal laws might have been violated.

 

Dem: Miss. gov a 'fool' to not expand Medicaid

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

A Democratic lawmaker said Monday that Mississippi's Republican governor is a "fool" and a "hypocrite" for opposing Medicaid expansion.

 

 

New Miss. law blocks info on concealed permits

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

A new Mississippi law says the public no longer has access to records of state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons.

 

 

Family: Slain Clarksdale mayoral candidate beaten, burned

Posted 3/5/2013 in State

The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, a family member said Monday.

 

 

Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

Posted 3/4/2013 in State

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

 

 

Analysis: Miss. keeps some control of local issues

Posted 3/4/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers get hopping mad when Washington tries to tell the state what it can or can't do. But, they've been plenty willing this session to make the state government exert similar control over local government.

 

 

Bill to seal concealed gun info reaches governor

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

The Mississippi House on Thursday sent the governor a bill to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons.

 

 

House-Senate talks warm up on charter school bills

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of bills expanding charter schools in the state.

 

Man charged in slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 3/1/2013 in State

A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week.

 

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