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Bill fails that would limit attorney general's power to sue

Posted 2/5/2015 in State

Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood's ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers.

 

 

Measures to collect debts from tax refunds falter

Posted 2/5/2015 in State

House members are having second thoughts about bills that would allow governments and hospitals to seize state income tax refunds to pay debts.

 

Open Meetings bills die in committee on Tuesday

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

Two Mississippi Senate bills seeking to more specifically define what constitutes a public meeting have both died in committee, according to the legislature's website.

 

House panel approves small bump in sales tax money to cities

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

Mississippi's nearly 300 cities and towns could collectively get about $30 million more sales tax money under proposals lawmakers are considering.

 

 

Miss. vaccination exemption could change

Posted 2/4/2015 in State

The Mississippi State Department of Health would lose its role in deciding whether a child can skip or delay a mandatory vaccination against measles or other diseases, under a proposal that awaits debate at the state Capitol.

 

 

Reeves joins those seeking school spending bump

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

As the 2015 elections approach, Republican leaders in the Mississippi Legislature appear to be reaching a consensus to spend more on K-12 education in next year's budget.

 

 

Mississippi's prison population dropping

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

Mississippi's prison population, which has consistently ranked second in the nation per capita, has seen a decrease of almost 3,000 inmates in the last year.

 

 

Industry groups join Google's attack against Hood

Posted 2/3/2015 in State

Computer industry groups are joining Google's effort to block an investigation by Mississippi's attorney general.

 

 

Analysis: More opponents loom for school funding initiative

Posted 2/2/2015 in State

The skies were already clouding over for an initiative meant to require higher funding of Mississippi's education system. But they're getting darker.

 

 

Rep. Nunnelee sent home after new tumor discovered

Posted 2/2/2015 in State

Doctors have found a new tumor in U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee and told him no further medical treatment is possible.

 

 

Louisville Democrat running for District 35 seat

Posted 1/31/2015 in State

A Louisville Democrat is now seeking election as District 35 state representative.

 

 

Senators propose Common Core panel as House bans PARCC test

Posted 1/30/2015 in State

Legislators are wading deeper into determining what Mississippi students will learn and how they will be tested.

 

 

McDaniel: His closed-primary bill being blocked

Posted 1/30/2015 in State

A state lawmaker who lost a contentious U.S. Senate primary last year said Thursday that he wants Mississippi to have a closed primary system that requires voters to register by party, but he thinks the lieutenant governor is blocking the way.

 

 

Greenwood doctor faces civil lawsuit related to shooting

Posted 1/29/2015 in State

A civil suit was filed against Greenwood doctor by a local attorney, who was the purported target of a failed murder-for-hire scheme, is scheduled for trial on July 20 in Lowndes County.

 

 

Plan would give up to $1.5M to Miss. music

Posted 1/29/2015 in State

Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America's Music, bowing to the state's blues heritage.

 

 

Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year's fight over vouchers for special education students looms.

 

 

Attorney McRae challenging Miss. treasurer in GOP primary

Posted 1/28/2015 in State

First-time candidate David McRae said Tuesday that he's challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year's Republican primary.

 

 

Mississippi fugitive arrested in Utah after 34 years

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

 

 

Miss. health officer opposes change to vaccine requirement

Posted 1/24/2015 in State

Mississippi has some of the worst rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the U.S., but public health officials brag that it ranks best in the nation for childhood immunization.

 

 

Miss. House passes pair of low-impact Common Core bills

Posted 1/23/2015 in State

Mississippi House members overwhelming approved a pair of bills Thursday that may immunize members against controversy over Common Core State Standards, but could have little effect over what's taught in the state's public school classrooms.

 

 

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