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Group says it would defend new Mississippi prayer law

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

A nonprofit conservative group says it will provide free legal representation to Mississippi schools or districts if a new school prayer law is challenged in court.

 

 

Mississippi Senate debates Israel's boundaries

Posted 3/16/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate adopted a resolution Friday to support Israel, but first engaged in nearly an hour-long debate about the nation's borders.

 

 

Deer hunting weapons bill goes to Miss. governor

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Some hunters who use modern rifles may no longer have to sit out primitive weapon deer season in Mississippi. A bill that would allow hunters to use weapons of choice on private land during this brief part of deer season is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Miss. court grants appeal in 'King Of Torts' case

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

 

 

Gov. signs bill for student-led prayer

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August.

 

 

State board setting new school rating system for 2012-13

Posted 3/15/2013 in State

Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated.

 

Jobless rates continue uptick in Golden Triangle, state

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

New unemployment data shows the Golden Triangle continuing to lag behind the state's unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, but officials with the Mississippi Department of Employment Services say its hard to put a lot of faith in January numbers.

 

House OKs bill for appointed superintendents

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

The Mississippi House changed its mind Wednesday and advanced a bill that could lead to more appointed, rather than elected, school superintendents.

 

 

Bryant's staff urged Public Safety to stall

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's staff suggested that the Department of Public Safety should delay fulfilling requests for gun permit records until a law could be enacted to shield them from public scrutiny, emails obtained by The Associated Press show.

 

 

Miss. House passes bill banning welfare waivers

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Renewing a political fight from last year's presidential campaign, House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that would prevent the Obama administration from waiving work requirements in the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.

 

 

Adams Co. gets funds for work at KiOR site

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Adams County has received $3.9 million in grants from the state for work on a levee and new water system on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR's Natchez alternative fuel production facility.

 

 

Miss. Dept. of Mental Health could get budget cut

Posted 3/14/2013 in State

Several Mississippi House members say they want budget writers to restore more than $6 million that could be cut from the Department of Mental Health for the coming year.

 

 

Senate passes latest plan for education changes

Posted 3/13/2013 in State

In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools.

 

 

House revives armed teachers plan

Posted 3/13/2013 in State

House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees.

 

 

House rejects plan for appointed superintendents

Posted 3/12/2013 in State

House members want Mississippians to keep their elected school superintendents. And they don't think would-be teachers should need to score 21 on the ACT.

 

 

Medicaid discussions continue among Miss. lawmakers

Posted 3/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi Hospital Association announced Monday that it's working with Gov. Phil Bryant's office to address budget constraints resulting from the Affordable Care Act amid Bryant's ongoing opposition to the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

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.

 

 

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