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Negotiators close to agreeing on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Negotiators at the Mississippi Capitol say they’re close to agreeing on a $5.6 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1. House and Senate leaders were trying to work out some final details at midday today, and they were hoping to file final budget proposals by this evening. That would be a full day ahead of ...

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Cochran withholding support of 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is disappointed with the 2012 Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is withholding his support for the measure due to inadequate coverage for important crops produced in Mississippi. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and is a former chairman of the panel, was among ...

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Universities to confer most degrees in history this spring

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For the first time, Mississippi’s eight public universities will confer more than 10,000 degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. This is according to the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The degrees conferred include 7,515 undergraduate degrees and 2,571 graduate degrees, for a total of 10,088 diplomas awarded. “Conferring more than 10,000 degrees during spring commencement is an ...

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Biologist worry over increase in Asian tiger shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species’ territory. The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic ...

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Lawyer reports McAllister, Nissan reach settlement

JACKSON — A lawyer for Deuce McAllister says a deal has been reached with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. in a federal lawsuit over the former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints running back’s failed Mississippi car dealership. Attorney Joe Roberts tells The Associated Press the settlement has been submitted to the court for approval. He says confidentiality agreements prevent him ...

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Arizona firm suing state, Bryant over traffic camera law

JACKSON — An Arizona company is challenging a 2009 Mississippi law that bans cameras that snap pictures of vehicles running red lights. The Clarion-Ledger reports American Traffic Solutions wants the law declared unenforceable and is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in Hinds County Circuit Court against the state and Gov. Phil Bryant. The law took effect Oct. 1, ...

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House Republicans push through redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan yesterday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body. House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it. House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, said the changes preserve black-majority districts and reflect population shifts since the ...

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Controversial voter ID bill heads to governor's desk

JACKSON — 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. The final version of the bill passed the Republican controlled House 79-39 yesterday, with strong opposition from black representatives. It would require voters to show a driver’s license or other form ...

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Supreme Court rules against St. Dominic in hospital dispute

MADISON — St. Dominic Health Systems’ legal efforts to locate a medical facility in Madison failed yesterday before the Mississippi Supreme Court. St. Dominic wanted to relocate 71 beds from its Jackson campus to a sprawling, $121 million Madison hospital that would include a huge public park. In 2010, Chancery Judge Cynthia Brewer of Madison County ruled what St. Dominic ...

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