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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.

 

 

Quick enforcement sought for abortion law

Posted 6/23/2012 in State

The sponsor of Mississippi's new abortion law wants the state Health Department to immediately enforce the measure when it takes effect July 1. But the Health Department generally allows some time for any facility it inspects to come into compliance with a law.

 

 

Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf

Posted 6/23/2012 in State

Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, interfering with oil and gas production and putting officials on alert for flooding and strong winds from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

 

 

Miss. counts how many lack ID under voting measure

Posted 6/19/2012 in State

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.

 

 

Student obesity rate drops in Miss.

Posted 6/12/2012 in State

Obesity rates are dropping among Mississippi elementary school students and leveling out overall -- important milestones in keeping young people healthy, researchers said. But obesity rates are steady or rising among black students. And, as finances continue to dwindle, schools' efforts to reduce the problem are diminishing.

 

Suspect sought in Auburn shooting that killed three

Posted 6/11/2012 in State

Authorities searched Monday for a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding three others in a weekend shooting at a pool party near Auburn University that a witness said began with a fight over a woman.

 

Miss. hosts NYC picnic, sends blues to Chicago

Posted 6/8/2012 in State

Mississippi is exporting some of its southern-fried culture to the folks up North this weekend.

 

State Sen. Terry Brown: CAFB vulnerable

Posted 6/6/2012 in State

Two decades ago, Columbus Air Force Base was threatened with Base Realignment and Closure, a process by which the United States Department of Defense strategically divests itself of military bases and reassigns personnel as a cost-saving measure.

Forensic expert Hayne settles defamation suit

Posted 6/6/2012 in State

Dr. Steven Hayne, once the state's most active forensic expert, has a reputation of being both something of a Svengali and an expert criminal witness. Hayne recently agreed to a $100,000 out of court settlement from the New York-based judicial advocacy group, The Innocence Project. Hayne filed a defamation of character suit against the group in April 2009 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Sisters want brother who killed their kids spared

Posted 6/5/2012 in State

Two women are asking Mississippi's governor to spare their brother from execution, even though he killed four of their children, paralyzed another and stabbed one of the sisters.

Wicker faces low-budget challengers in Senate race

Posted 6/4/2012 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker shows the confidence of a man who will barely need to break a sweat in his run for re-election in Mississippi this year.

 

Bryant advocates school prayer in speech to teens

Posted 5/31/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day. However, the Republican said he's not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue.

 

 

Bryants now living in Miss. Governor's Mansion

Posted 5/29/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have started living in the renovated Governor's Mansion, more than four months after he took office.

 

 

Bryant signs law to limit attorney general's power

Posted 5/24/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.

 

 

Bryant signs law limiting attorney general's power

Posted 5/22/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a law limiting the attorney general's control of the state's legal business.

 

 

Sheriff: Gang started prison riot

Posted 5/22/2012 in State

A gang fight in a prison for illegal immigrants quickly escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates, some lashing out with sticks or homemade knives as the uprising spread through the sprawling prison, a sheriff said.

 

 

Former state lawmaker Ezell Lee dies at 74

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died Monday after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012.

 

Prison riot leaves guard dead, eight injured

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during a riot at a Mississippi prison that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

 

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