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Possible debate later on Miss. Medicaid expansion

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they're trying to preserve the option of expanding Medicaid in the state, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose adding hundreds of thousands more people to the government health insurance for the poor.

 

 

Plans advance for state- funded pre-kindergarten

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures Thursday to set up classes for 4-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate.

 

 

Inmates targeted in $40K false tax return scheme

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.

 

 

New Viking Range owner cuts 20 percent of workers

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Viking Range Corp.'s new owner is laying off one-fifth of the company's workers.

 

 

Proud to be Mississippian, Evers-Williams says

Posted 2/1/2013 in State

Myrlie Evers-Williams says people praised her poise after her husband, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers, was assassinated 50 years ago in the state. But she says she struggled with wanting revenge.

 

 

Cockfighting felony bills filed

Posted 1/31/2013 in State

Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

Miss. submits proposed voter ID rules to feds

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that he has given the federal government proposed rules for how the state intends to carry out a voter identification law that is in limbo.

 

 

Trial date set in Dwight Bowling civil suit

Posted 1/30/2013 in State

A civil lawsuit filed against former Mississippi and Alabama prep football coach Dwight Bowling will be heard in March of 2014 in federal court in Oxford.

 

 

Bill: Elect school boards as local control returns

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

Residents of some Mississippi school districts exiting state control could get to elect new school board members.

 

 

Q&A about Miss. plans in federal health overhaul

Posted 1/29/2013 in State

 

 

Barge hits Miss. River bridge; Oil cleanup ongoing

Posted 1/28/2013 in State

Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

 

Legislators to address key differences between Senate, House charter school bills

Posted 1/26/2013 in State

With expanded charter school bills passing the Mississippi Senate and House, the stage is now set for both sides to begin what could be lengthy negotiation before a joint-bill is placed for a general vote.

Chism, Smith present bill to 'assert state sovereignty'

Posted 1/25/2013 in State

A bill sponsored by two Columbus lawmakers would allow the state to defy federal laws through a joint-legislative committee. The committee, composed of 14 state elected officials, would determine what is and isn't within the federal government's power when dealing with the state's constitutional rights.

House passes charter school bill after marathon session

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Bleary-eyed charter schools supporters took a few minutes to bask in a big victory early today, but were quick to acknowledge that the fight is not over. The Mississippi House voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369, which would expand charter schools in the state. The vote came after more than seven hours of debate and three hours of a computer reading the 251-page bill.

 

Some Miss. hospitals backing Medicaid expansion

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

Some Mississippi hospital administrators say they worry about bad financial consequences if the state doesn't expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. Specifically, they worry hospitals will have to continue providing care for uninsured people even if the federal government stops reimbursing part of the expense.

 

 

Zach Scruggs appeals to US Supreme Court

Posted 1/24/2013 in State

The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs' lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

House to vote on its version of charter school bill

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

After a similar bill died in committee last year, the House Education Committee narrowly passed an expanded charter school bill Monday by a vote of 16-14. House Bill 369 passed through the committee after about 90 minutes of debate, according to The Associated Press.

Bryant's speech is greeted with both praise and criticism

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant, in his 2013 State of the State address made during a special joint-session of the state's legislators, chose job creation, education and health care as his major talking points. On the subject of job creation and industry, Bryant used the speech as an opportunity to stump for his delayed-accelerated tax payment proposal.

 

Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

Posted 1/23/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said in his State of the State speech Tuesday evening that citizens expect "bold action" from elected officials in 2013, with an emphasis on strengthening education and promoting job creation.

 

 

Pell Grant reductions present challenge for students, schools

Posted 1/22/2013 in State

Changes to federal student aid last summer are taking a toll on Mississippi students, leaving college financial advisors concerned about the potential impact on enrollment as well as the state's economic future.

 

 

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