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Feds probe Mississippi investigation of disability education

Posted 2/10/2018 in State

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a Mississippi woman's complaint that a state agency mishandled an investigation into the education of her disabled child and retaliated against her for her complaints.



Mississippi lawmaker displays unloaded gun during debate

Posted 2/9/2018 in State

A Mississippi lawmaker who held up an unloaded semi-automatic pistol during a debate said he was trying to make a point about the hypocrisy of gun laws that allow firearms in most places but restrict them in the Capitol.



Senate won't debate bill to spend more on private schools

Posted 2/9/2018 in State

A proposal to spend more of Mississippi's public money to send children to private schools appears dead in the Legislature.



Mississippi House votes to limit powers of attorney general

Posted 2/9/2018 in State

The Republican-led Mississippi House voted Thursday to limit the powers of the attorney general who's the only Democrat in statewide office. But it's unclear whether the proposal will survive in the Senate.



Plan would send more tax money to cities for roads, water

Posted 2/8/2018 in State

Cities would receive a slightly larger share of Mississippi sales tax collections under a plan that lawmakers are debating.



Ex-mayor accused of theft stops seeking job in nearby city

Posted 2/8/2018 in State

A disgraced former mayor withdrew his application Wednesday to work as a city planner in a neighboring north Mississippi city.



Mississippi could set penalties for luring people into gangs

Posted 2/8/2018 in State

The Mississippi Senate voted Wednesday to set penalties for people who lure others into gang activities. Black lawmakers raised concerns that the proposal could lead to racial profiling.



Tire maker to open 100-worker warehouse in Mississippi

Posted 2/8/2018 in State

A tire maker says it will open a 100-worker warehouse in northwest Mississippi. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., which operates a tire factory in Tupelo, says it will invest $10 million.



Settlement reached over clean coal fiasco in Mississippi

Posted 2/7/2018 in State

Years of contention and threatened electric rate increases ended Tuesday as utility regulators approved a settlement declaring how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for their share of a troubled $7.5 billion power plant.



Amid partisan split, Medicaid plan passes Mississippi Senate

Posted 2/7/2018 in State

A proposal to keep Mississippi's Medicaid program alive is moving ahead in the Legislature, but some Democrats are concerned that the Republican administration could try to deeply cut costs.



Mississippi House OKs equal pay, sending proposal to Senate

Posted 2/7/2018 in State

The Mississippi House has passed a bill requiring equal pay for equal work by women and men.



Mississippi advances 'Urine Trouble' law to ban fake urine

Posted 2/7/2018 in State

Mississippi lawmakers want to stop people from using fake urine to defeat drug tests by passing the "Urine Trouble" bill.


Senators argue over state tax diversion to cities

Posted 2/5/2018 in State

Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory is generally regarded as one of the smartest people in the Mississippi Capitol, even by those who oppose him ideologically and those who roll their eyes at his occasional finger-pointing, vein-popping rants about public policy.


Mississippi pushes abortion ban at 15 weeks, earliest in US

Posted 2/3/2018 in State

Mississippi lawmakers pushed ahead Friday with a bill to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which would be the earliest ban nationwide and create a possible court challenge.



Push for equal pay for women comes back to life in House

Posted 2/3/2018 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are resurrecting a push for a state law mandating equal pay for equal work by women and men, but the outcome remains uncertain.


Rep. Smith: Governor was source of lofty industrial claim

Posted 2/2/2018 in State

When Rep. Jeff Smith (R-Columbus) told listeners on the Gallo radio show on Jan. 25 that a major aerospace project that would create 4,000 jobs was expected to come to Mississippi, economic development officials from one end of the state to the other were caught flat-footed.


Mississippi lawmakers advance private school choice bill

Posted 2/1/2018 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will debate spending more public money to send children to private schools, as a bill to allow such a plan advanced out of committee to the full Senate on Tuesday.



Marty Stuart planning country music museum in Mississippi

Posted 2/1/2018 in State

Country singer and musician Marty Stuart says he's planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams.



Ex-Mississippi Gov. Barbour arrested with gun at airport

Posted 1/31/2018 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he will pay a fine after being arrested with a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he went through an airport security checkpoint in early January.



Mississippi bill would ban most abortions after 15 weeks

Posted 1/31/2018 in State

Mississippi could become the first U.S. state to try to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, setting up a possible court challenge.



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