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Mississippi lawmakers propose property-tax break for seniors

Posted 2/19/2015 in State

Mississippi homeowners older than 65 could get a break on their property taxes under a proposal some lawmakers are pushing.

 

DA seeks info about 1-hour gap in Chambers' final day

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened to a north Mississippi woman in the last hour before she was found burned.

 

Alday says he's 'deeply sorry' for remarks

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

A DeSoto County lawmaker apologized Tuesday for saying that in the town where he used to be mayor, "all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks.'

 

 

Can attorney general investigate Google? Judge to decide

Posted 2/18/2015 in State

Does Google help criminals by allowing its search engine to lead to pirated music or by having its autocomplete function suggest illegal activities?

 

 

Miss. senator says she plans to alter Iran divestment bill

Posted 2/17/2015 in State

A Mississippi state senator trying to curtail investments in Iran says she's reworking the bill over concerns that it could hurt the state's ability to work with automaker Toyota Motor Corp.

 

 

Gov. declares emergency in north Miss.

Posted 2/16/2015 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency Sunday evening for northern portions of the state, but as of mid-morning today, no reports of dangerous weather had been confirmed in the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Miss. lawmakers narrow list of issues to debate

Posted 2/16/2015 in State

Mississippi legislators are approaching the midpoint of their three-month session, and they've whittled the list of issues to consider.

 

Manning wins new trial in Starkville slayings

Posted 2/13/2015 in State

A Mississippi death row inmate has won a new trial after the state Supreme Court found Starkville Police Department investigators withheld evidence from prosecutors and defense attorneys that showed a key state witness lied.

House votes to remove graduation requirement to pass tests

Posted 2/13/2015 in State

The movement to allow Mississippi public high school students to graduate without passing four subject area tests continues to gain steam in the Legislature.

With Stewart leaving Daily Show, Molpus recalls his '15 seconds'

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

With the exception of five days in 2013, Dick Molpus has always been a big fan of Jon Stewart.

 

Miss. Senate passes bill to nix inspection stickers

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Some Mississippi senators haven't gotten an up-to-date vehicle safety inspection. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it, too.

 

 

Special education voucher plan passes in Senate

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools.

 

 

Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

Posted 2/12/2015 in State

Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

 

Tagert considering bid for Nunnelee's vacant House seat

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert is considering a bid for former U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee's vacant House seat.

 

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

 

 

Autism insurance proposals advance in Miss. Legislature

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism screening, diagnosis and treatment on health plans sold in the state.

 

 

Reeves seeks $382M in tax cuts for companies and individuals

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing to phase in $382 million in tax cuts over 10 years.

 

 

House rejects state balanced budget amendment

Posted 2/11/2015 in State

Mississippi voters may not get a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment in November requiring a balanced state budget.

 

 

Lt. Governor Reeves to propose cutting franchise tax

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

Embracing one of the business community's long-held tax reduction goals, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will propose eliminating the franchise tax on business capital today.

 

Nunnelee remembered as public servant, family man

Posted 2/10/2015 in State

The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn't come from a political office.

 

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