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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.

 

 

Department of Energy pulls BlueFire funding

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

The U.S. Department of Energy has withdrawn its support for a biofuels company's $300 million cellulose plant in Fulton.

 

Scruggs on home confinement after prison

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is back at home in Oxford.

Court refuses to set Byrom's execution date

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court refused Thursday to set execution date for death row inmate Michelle Byrom, whose attorneys say they have discovered new evidence in her case.

 

Miss. religious-practices bill goes to negotiation

Posted 3/28/2014 in State

Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious-practices bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.

 

 

Gov. bemoans revising school starting date

Posted 3/27/2014 in State

Local school boards again have control of their own academic calendars after Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed SB 2571, a bill that applies technical amendments to educational law and strikes a 2012 provision requiring the state's public schools to start their year no earlier than the third Monday in August.

 

 

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