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Failed charter school bill highlights state education needs

Posted 5/2/2012 in State

Charter school legislation is dead, with little chance for resuscitation before the end of the session Sunday, but most supporters and opponents agree it's only a matter of time before charter schools become a reality in districts across the state.



Miss. lawmakers approve most parts of $5.6B budget

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday approved most parts of a $5.6 billion budget with only a few arguments about the level of education funding and whether to set aside money for an anticipated legal fight over voter ID.



Repairs and construction bond dies

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides Sunday to finish the budget process.



Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi government employees are starting this work week with a holiday honoring the old South.



Colleges schedule spring graduations

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University.


Deal reached in Deuce McAllister/Nissan lawsuit

Posted 4/28/2012 in State

A federal judge approved a deal Friday in which a $1.5 million judgment against former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister will be settled in accordance with a confidential agreement with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

State redistricting map passes House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

The House on Thursday passed a state redistricting plan on a 70-49 vote. The plan was submitted by Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Apportionment and Elections Committee Chair. Commonly known as the "Denny Map," the plan will increase majority minority districts in the state from 43 to 44. The vote was seen as a victory for state Republicans, who hold a House majority.


Voter ID bill gets final approval in Miss. House

Posted 4/27/2012 in State

A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections.


Bryant says left's mission is to abort children

Posted 4/26/2012 in State

Mississippi's Republican governor had some new harsh words for proponents of legalized abortion this week, saying, "their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb."

Aberdeen conservator: Takeover could last two to three years

Posted 4/25/2012 in State

Shortly before Christmas, the ailing Aberdeen School District sent a distress signal to the Mississippi Department of Education by way of a phone call and a plea for help.


Florida group to end Mississippi prison contracts

Posted 4/25/2012 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says GEO Group Inc., one of the country's largest private prison operators, will no longer manage three facilities in Mississippi.



BancorpSouth's profits jump in first quarter

Posted 4/24/2012 in State

Bancorp South is set aside less for future loan losses and made more in fees from mortgage borrowers, increasing profit in the first quarter.



Miss. House seeks changes to charter-school bill

Posted 4/24/2012 in State

Mississippi House leaders are seeking changes in a proposed charter school bill, but Senate leaders appear unlikely to agree to measures that might win over House opponents.



Miss. jobless rate drops as labor force shrinks

Posted 4/23/2012 in State

Job growth is still anemic in Mississippi, but people are leaving the labor force in droves, rapidly pushing down the state's unemployment rate.



State 'Move Over Law' expanded to include utility crews

Posted 4/23/2012 in State

Mississippi's existing "Move Over Law" now protects utility crews working alongside busy highways and local roads.



Bill puts new limits on abortion providers

Posted 4/17/2012 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a law that will put new regulations on the state's only abortion clinic, starting July 1. The Republican said he's not bothered by the possibility that the clinic's owner will sue to try to block the new mandates. "If it closes that clinic, then so be it," Bryant said during a bill signing ceremony in his Capitol office.


Voter ID law not expected by November elections

Posted 4/12/2012 in State

A controversial bill, which would require photo identification in order to vote, passed the state Senate 34-14 Tuesday, but local opponents say the fight is far from over.

Bryant passes law allowing brewing and sale of stronger beer

Posted 4/10/2012 in State

Mississippians will soon be able to buy stronger beer, which supporters say will allow beer lovers to sample more kinds of suds and increase business opportunities for breweries.


Miss. lawmakers prepare to handle redistricting

Posted 4/9/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers soon will be asked to vote on new configurations for their own House and Senate districts.



Lawmakers may OK 40 new specialty tags for motorist's cars

Posted 4/9/2012 in State

ississippi lawmakers are toying with approving almost 40 new specialty car tags in 2012 -- one of the largest such authorizations in recent years.



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