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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.

 

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.

 

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