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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.

 

AP: Hundreds of bills die during Legislature session

Posted 2/11/2013 in State

Hundreds of bills don't survive a session of the Mississippi Legislature. Some are filed by multiple lawmakers when only one bill is needed. Some Senate bills are duplicates of House bills and vice versa. Some are silly. Some need more study. Some make no sense. Others originated in coffee shop discussions as something the Legislature should do -- but really shouldn't.

 

 

Health and Human Services: Miss. can try for fed-state health exchange

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

After blocking Mississippi's proposal for a state-run health insurance exchange because of divisions among state leaders on the plan, federal officials said Friday that they're encouraging the state to seek approval for a partnership -- an exchange jointly run by the state and federal governments.

 

 

Confederate flag mistakenly raised over court

Posted 2/9/2013 in State

Officials say a mistake is to blame for the Confederate flag being raised over the Mississippi Supreme Court building on Friday.

 

 

Feds reject proposed health exchange in Miss.

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi's proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

 

 

Renasant to buy First M&F in $119M stock deal

Posted 2/8/2013 in State

Renasant Corp. will buy fellow Mississippi bank First M&F Corp. in a $119 million stock transaction.

 

 

Miss. mulls private collectors for child support

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

The Mississippi Department of Human Services could hire private companies to handle child support collections under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.

 

 

House bill would move Revenue Dept. to Clinton

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

House members want to move the Department of Revenue to a new home in Speaker Philip Gunn's district.

 

 

Expansion not in Medicaid bill, but not dead issue

Posted 2/7/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Special status of utilities source of much consternation

Posted 2/6/2013 in State

The situation with Mississippi Power Company and its coal-fired plant under construction in Kemper County has a lot of people upset. Here why: We pick where to shop for clothes and food. We compare prices, at least to some degree, on other necessities such as gasoline for our cars. But we don't get to pick where we buy tap water or electricity.

 

Rep. Gardner 4th Miss. lawmaker to die since Nov.

Posted 2/5/2013 in State

Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68.

 

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