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Two prison guards charged after contraband found

Posted 4/5/2014 in State

Two guards at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County are charged with trying to sneak contraband items into the prison in food.

 

 

Woman faces up to 76 years in meth case

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Warren County prosecutors say a Bolton woman faces up to 76 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday on methamphetamine charges.

 

 

Texting-while-driving ban rejected by Miss. House

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

The state House says it's OK, so Mississippi drivers can text away. House members killed a texting-while-driving ban Wednesday night on a voice vote in the closing minutes of the 2014 Legislature.

 

 

Miss. governor signs religious practices bill

Posted 4/4/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

 

 

Holmes Co. sheriff to seek ban on pit bulls

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Holmes County sheriff wants to ban pit bulls days after a family's dogs killed a 3-year-old boy.

 

 

Lawmakers finish state budget, end 2014 session

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session Wednesday night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1.

 

 

Costs rise another $177 million at Kemper plant

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

The Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $177 million to finish the power plant it's building in eastern Mississippi's Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.2 billion.

 

 

Miss. House rejects special education vouchers

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Eleven Republicans provided the margin of defeat Wednesday as the House voted 63-57 to reject a bill that would have given vouchers worth more than $6,000 to parents of some Mississippi special education students.

 

 

Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Posted 4/3/2014 in State

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.

 

 

Teacher pay plan calls for 3rd-year merit raises

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. The full House and Senate passed House Bill 504 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

 

 

Miss. gov says he will sign 20-week abortion ban

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he looks forward to quickly signing a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.

 

 

Religious-practices bill headed to Gov. Bryant

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups.

 

 

Bill passed to trim taxing powers

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Lawmakers are moving ahead with tax collection changes that the state Department of Revenue warns could ultimately cost Mississippi more than $100 million a year.

 

 

AG Hood seeks answers on Byrom ruling

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to explain why it threw out the conviction of a death row inmate in the slaying of her husband.

 

 

Two pit bulls kill 3-year-old boy

Posted 4/2/2014 in State

Holmes County deputies are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was reportedly attacked by two pit bulls at his home in the Thornton community.

 

 

Law shields research from raiders

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state's Open Records Act before the research is published.

 

Fewer Miss. docs accepting Medicaid payments

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Fewer than half of Mississippi's primary care doctors are taking new Medicaid patients, Mississippi State University researchers say.

 

Miss. lawmakers work on $6 million budget

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers must approve dozens of bills in the state's $6 billion budget before a deadline today.

 

Miss. politics change, U.S. House map varies little

Posted 3/31/2014 in State

Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi's U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary. Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they'll accept him with a new label.

 

Bryant to mull medicinal marijuana oil

Posted 3/29/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would legalize a marijuana oil to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.

 

 

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