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State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the […] [...]

Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how […] [...]

Judge gets more time to fight efforts to remove him from office

TUPELO — A Lee County justice court judge has until Nov. 17 to argue to the Mississippi Supreme Court why he should not be removed from office for transgressions outlined in a complaint filed by a judicial watchdog group. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from […] [...]

PSC sticks to order allowing domestic violence victims to delay utility deposits

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won’t reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days, setting up a possible legal showdown over the regulator’s authority over rural water association and electrical cooperatives. The commission voted 3-0 yesterday to deny a request from rural water associations and […] [...]

Epidemiologist: State’s hospitals can identify, isolate Ebola cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some hospitals are updating procedures based on information provided by the state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even now as updates […] [...]

State’s bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. […] [...]

Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our […] [...]

Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she […] [...]

State officials identify first flu case this season

MARSHALL COUNTY  — Weeks into the flu season, state health officials say a Marshall County teen has Mississippi’s first reported flu infection. State Epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs says people should get flu shots now, if they haven’t already. He says it usually takes a week or two to provide immunity. The federal Centers for Disease Control […] [...]

Legislative Black Caucus pushing for more contracts to minorities

JACKSON — Mississippi government agencies needs to make a stronger effort to buy more goods and services from businesses owned by minorities and women, leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus say. “We allocate billions of dollars for tools and resources to lure large corporations to this state,” said Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, the caucus […] [...]

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