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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.

 

Lone Miss. abortion clinic set for license hearing

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later.

 

Clarksdale stunned by slaying of mayoral candidate

Posted 2/28/2013 in State

Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

 

Child care groups rally for state preschool plan

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate 4-year-olds.

 

Miss. House OKs list of tax breaks for businesses

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars' worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it's unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate.

 

Senate Committee votes to block gun info

Posted 2/27/2013 in State

A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits.

 

 

House approves $6.9M factory and farm tax break

Posted 2/26/2013 in State

Factory operators, farmers and fishermen could stop paying sales taxes on electricity and fuel, under a state House proposal.

 

 

Budget cuts will hit state on several fronts

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

 

 

AP Analysis: Bryan effective in Democratic minority

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

There's no such title as minority leader in the Mississippi Senate. "We're too disorganized," jokes Sen. Hob Bryan.

 

 

Most Miss higher ed has graduation rates below 50%

Posted 2/25/2013 in State

At most Mississippi colleges and universities, fewer than half the first-time students graduate within six years.

 

Miss. speaker invites gun makers to move to state

Posted 2/22/2013 in State

One top state official wants gun makers in seven states to flee critics and move to Mississippi.House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, sent letters Thursday to 14 gun manufacturers suggesting they should relocate. The companies are in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and North Carolina.

 

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