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Miss. lawmakers turn attention to FY14 budget

Posted 2/21/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing forward with early proposals for the budget year that begins July 1, and many agencies are likely to receive less money than they're requesting.

 

 

Miss. House seeks more than $184 million in bonds

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

House members want the state to borrow more than $184 million, mainly for new buildings at Mississippi's community colleges and public universities.

 

 

Miss. panel hears about uninsured working poor

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

Expanding Medicaid would help thousands of "working poor" Mississippi residents who don't receive health insurance coverage through their jobs, a small-town family physician told lawmakers Tuesday.

 

 

Foundation works on blight-free chestnut tree

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center forestry specialist John Kushla says he's excited to be documenting four cross-bred chestnut tree seeds donated by master gardener Reginald Rose.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers say no to local food regulation

Posted 2/20/2013 in State

No one's trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers passed a bill Feb. 13 to make sure they never do.

 

 

Miss. Dems push GOP for Medicaid expansion vote

Posted 2/19/2013 in State

Mississippi House Democrats said Monday they're trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that's blocked in a committee.

 

Bill allowing armed school employees heads to Senate

Posted 2/16/2013 in State

Mississippi Representatives passed a school gun bill Wednesday allowing local school boards to authorize district employees - administrative or instructional - to carry concealed firearms on campuses.

House passes school religious liberties bill

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

Before every Oktibbeha County board meeting convenes, supervisors open each gathering with a word of prayer. Board President and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer says that moment of reflection provides him with the guidance needed to tackle all county business with confidence.

 

Miss. Medicaid expansion effort hobbled in House

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

Mississippi House Republicans are again trying to thwart long-shot efforts by Democrats to expand Medicaid, with each side accusing the other of endangering coverage for low-income people who are already on the program.

 

 

Miss. bill would create early childhood ed program

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

The Mississippi House passed a bill Thursday to create Mississippi's first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form.

 

 

Towboat firm being billed for inspection

Posted 2/15/2013 in State

A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span's post-accident inspection.

 

 

President signs Mississippi disaster declaration

Posted 2/14/2013 in State

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state.

 

 

Senate approves bill to appoint superintendents

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

State senators want to end the election of local school superintendents, raise the requirements for becoming a teacher and limit the state's ability to take over schools in Mississippi.

 

 

People search for sentimental items after twister

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Brian Bernard has spent hours since Sunday's tornado sifting through the wreckage of his family's house in search of his daughter's flute. It's not worth a lot of money, but it's important to her and that makes it invaluable to him.

 

 

Top Republicans push child support privatization

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Two prominent Republicans, including a nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour, are lobbying for bills that would let the Mississippi Department of Human Services hire private companies to collect overdue child support payments.

 

 

Comcast goes from Tupelo to 30 Rock

Posted 2/13/2013 in State

Comcast Corp. dates back to 1963, when businessman Ralph Roberts got into the cable TV business in its early days. He spent $500,000 for American Cable Systems, a company in Tupelo that strung up cable to carry TV broadcasts to homes that couldn't get clear reception with antennas.

 

Mississippi twister carves long path of wreckage

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

Jeff Revette ran from his car and lay face-down in the grass next to the red-brick wall of a church as a tornado roared toward him, with debris scattering and electrical transformers exploding. Twenty seconds later, bricks were strewn across a flattened pickup truck a mere 10 feet away amid toppled trees and power lines.

 

Senate Bill would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS device

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would make unregistered sex offenders wear GPS tracking bracelets and require local governments to notify the public when offenders move to their neighborhood.

 

 

House votes for teacher pay raises

Posted 2/12/2013 in State

The Mississippi House voted Monday to give every teacher a $5,000 pay raise starting July 1, but educators shouldn't plan on that extra cash because the proposal has zero chance of surviving.

 

Homes wrecked, dozens hurt in Mississippi tornado

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Heavy clouds blanket the skies in Hattiesburg today following a Sunday night tornado, but a steady rain has not dampened cleanup efforts on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, which took a direct hit. Residents have already started the long process of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.

 

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