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Mississippi lottery bill fails, but another could pop up

Posted 2/10/2017 in State

The odds of Mississippi getting a state lottery this year are slim.



Bill: Let police ask about immigration status

Posted 2/10/2017 in State

The Mississippi Senate voted 32-16 Thursday to approve a bill saying local governments and public colleges can't stop their employees from asking whether a person has entered the U.S. illegally, and can't try to grant any special status to those who've entered illegally.



Mississippi House approves tax, regulation of fantasy sports contests

Posted 2/10/2017 in State

The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to regulate and tax operators of daily fantasy sports contests.



'Back the Badge' bill passes House after emotional debate

Posted 2/9/2017 in State

The Mississippi House voted Wednesday to triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders.



1 lottery bill remaining after 2 chances fizzle in House

Posted 2/9/2017 in State

Lottery supporters in the Mississippi House snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Wednesday, leaving only one bill that could be used to create the statewide game of chance.



Mississippi sues to recover bribe-tainted prison money

Posted 2/9/2017 in State

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Wednesday sued 25 people and companies associated with the state's prison bribery scheme, saying they should repay more than $800 million in revenue they received from the state.



Bernie Sanders coming to Miss. for march against Nissan

Posted 2/8/2017 in State

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and actor Danny Glover are coming to Mississippi to help bring attention to what organizers call poor working conditions at Nissan's manufacturing plant in Canton.



3 chances for lottery, but all could fizzle in House

Posted 2/8/2017 in State

The Mississippi House could have multiple ways to vote on creating a lottery in the next several days.



'Back the Badge' bill could come back up in Miss. House

Posted 2/8/2017 in State

The Mississippi House on Tuesday started debating but did not vote on a bill that would triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders.



Bill creating Miss. faith-based council advances

Posted 2/8/2017 in State

A plan for Mississippi's governor to set up an advisory council on faith-based initiatives is moving ahead in the Legislature.



Miss. Senate approves bill sending BP damages to coast

Posted 2/8/2017 in State

Mississippi senators want to create a new savings account channeling damage payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.



Bill on internet taxes advances to Mississippi Senate

Posted 2/7/2017 in State

The Mississippi House has removed a procedural hold on a bill to enforce tax collections on items sold over the internet.



Top school districts could become exempt on reports to state

Posted 2/7/2017 in State

The Mississippi House voted Monday to exempt top-rated school districts from having to report information about curriculum and some other matters to the state Department of Education.



Doctor removes 130-pound tumor from Mississippi man

Posted 2/7/2017 in State

A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.



Lawmakers love to praise the folks back home

Posted 2/6/2017 in State

Mississippi legislators will flail their arms and raise their voices to disagree about substantial issues like education funding and state employees' job protection. But they generally find bipartisan peace and harmony in the act of commending the folks back home.



Barbour and press deny book used pictures without permission

Posted 2/4/2017 in State

Former Gov. Haley Barbour and the University Press of Mississippi, in responses last month to a lawsuit, deny that a book about Hurricane Katrina used a photographer's work without permission.



Miss. economy grows 3.4 percent in third quarter 2016

Posted 2/4/2017 in State

New figures show Mississippi's economy grew at a 3.4 percent annual rate from July through September, just short of the national growth rate.



Jury finds Miss. agency discriminated against female worker

Posted 2/4/2017 in State

A female employee of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety was awarded more than $46,000 by a federal jury that found the agency discriminated against her because she is a woman.



McCrory gets 8 years in Mississippi prison bribery case

Posted 2/4/2017 in State

Knowing he'd been recommended for a maximum 20-year sentence, a businessman who bribed Mississippi's former prisons chief pleaded for and received mercy Friday from a federal judge.


Internet sales tax bill in limbo after initially passing

Posted 2/3/2017 in State

The Mississippi House could be on track to reverse itself and eventually kill a proposed internet sales tax.


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