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Analysis: Bryant seeks to limit role of government

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes no apologies about his belief in small government and his pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy.

 

 

Inmates released early to save state money

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

Former crematorium owner Mark Seepe is out of prison after serving less than two years of a ten-year sentence for personal use of advance funeral payments.

 

 

Olympic gold medal back home in Miss.

Posted 8/13/2012 in State

About a thousand people welcomed Olympic long-jump champion Brittney Reese back to south Mississippi, and she gave them credit.

 

 

Mississippi cleared to start 511 travel info line

Posted 8/11/2012 in State

Most Mississippians know that you call 911 to report an emergency and 411 to look up a phone number. Soon, residents and visitors will be able to call 511 to find road and travel conditions.

 

 

Miss. museum could allow same-sex ceremonies

Posted 8/10/2012 in State

Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, Mississippi officials have relented on a ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies at a state-owned museum and are processing a permit for two women.

 

 

Ex-officer sues Greenville officials over firing related to Facebook

Posted 8/9/2012 in State

A former police officer claims in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments on a social networking site.

 

 

Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

 

Local gun laws: State's lenient gun laws in question after Colo. shooting

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

In the wake of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were shot and killed during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, gun sales across the nation are on the rise.

 

Few bright spots in child well-being survey

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

Despite small gains, Mississippi once again ranks last in the nation for children's well-being, with lingering effects of the recession continuing to loom over more than a third of the state's households.

 

 

Miss. granted 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

Posted 7/21/2012 in State

Mississippi joined more than half the states in the nation this week, when it was granted a waiver from the most challenging aspects of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.

 

 

Judge's abortion law ruling hailed as victory by both sides

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The future of Mississippi's only clinic where women can get an abortion remains unclear after a federal judge's ruling in a closely watched court case.

 

 

Two West Nile virus cases reported in state

Posted 7/14/2012 in State

The state's first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported for 2012.

 

 

Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/12/2012 in State

A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a state law that threatens to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure in the state.

 

 

New settlement aims to prod Miss. on foster care

Posted 7/10/2012 in State

Mississippi officials have agreed to a revised settlement in a lawsuit alleging that the state was not doing enough to care for minors in the foster care system.

 

 

Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/7/2012 in State

Attorneys for the state of Mississippi are trying to persuade a federal judge to let a restrictive new abortion law to take effect, while those representing the state's only abortion clinic are asking the judge to extend the temporary hold he put on the law. The opposing sides filed their latest court documents Friday, a deadline set by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.

 

 

Miss. black lawmakers support Medicaid expansion

Posted 7/5/2012 in State

Black lawmakers in Mississippi say they support an expansion of the Medicaid program as part of the federal health care overhaul.

 

 

Judge temporarily blocks abortion law

Posted 7/2/2012 in State

A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining order the day the new law took effect. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block the law for a longer time.

 

 

Hundreds of new laws take effect in Mississippi

Posted 6/30/2012 in State

The process for injured Mississippi workers getting insurance payments will become more restrictive. Dyslexic students will be able to transfer to other public or private schools and have the state pay for it. And AT&T will be relieved of obligations to hook up phone service to certain customers. Those are among the new Mississippi laws that come into force Sunday, with the start of the state's 2012-2013 budget year.

 

 

Miss. Medicaid expansion unlikely, GOP leaders say

Posted 6/29/2012 in State

Top Republicans in Mississippi say the state can't afford to expand its Medicaid program to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul. Some Democrats, however, say the state should jump at the chance to provide coverage for its more than half million uninsured residents. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal Affordable Care Act on Thursday. But justices said the federal government can't withhold Medicaid money from states that choose not to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults.

 

 

Law gives churches tax break on utilities

Posted 6/26/2012 in State

After more than 10 years of lingering in legislative purgatory, state churches will soon be getting a break when it comes to paying utility bills. Effective Sunday, churches will no longer have to pay sales tax on utilities including electricity, water and natural gas.

 

 

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