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Battered islands to get restoration from Corps

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to shore up Mississippi’s Barrier Islands by pumping in some 20 million cubic yards of sand. The corps disclosed plans at a public meeting in Biloxi. The corps plans to close the Camille Cut and restore the southern shoreline of East Ship Island. Those […] [...]

Nissan settles with pro-union employee

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard “Chip” Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson. The UAW is […] [...]

Bryant signs controversial religious-freedom bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill yesterday 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. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add “In God We […] [...]

Pickering returns funds to city, fire department

BATESVILLE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $30,000 in recovered funds to two agencies in Panola County. The city of Sardis received $21,204 following the investigation of former city clerk Odessa Johnson. Pickering says Johnson embezzled $28,033 from the city from January 2006 through April 2009. In 2012, she was sentenced to nearly three […] [...]

Lawmakers go home after hammering out budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers ended their 2014 session last night after passing the final parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1. During the three-month session, they passed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. They funded a training school for a new group […] [...]

City repeals gun ordinance, will follow state law

CORINTH — The city of Corinth has repealed its local gun ordinance. Mayor Tommy Irwin says the city will follow the state gun law to enforce violations. Irwin says he and aldermen took the action Tuesday after being lobbied by Second Amendment activists to make the change. Police Chief David Lancaster told the city board […] [...]

New hunting supplies sales tax holiday bill signed into law

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2425. It becomes law July 1. The “Second Amendment Weekend,” without the tax, begins on the first Friday of each September […] [...]

Developers of a 2nd Coast casino miss financing deadline

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Developers of two proposed casinos for the Mississippi Gulf Coast have missed deadlines to secure financing to build their projects. Tuesday, Rotate Black, which has a site approval at the Gulfport Harbor to build the $112 million Hemingway Casino failed to meet the 5 p.m. deadline. Monday, developers for the Scarlet […] [...]

Legislator in critical condition after falling at home

MERIDIAN — State Sen. Videt Carmichael is hospitalized in Jackson for a head injury after falling at his apartment. Carmichael, a Republican from Meridian, has served 14 years in the Senate from Lauderdale and Clarke counties. Carmichael’s son, Fredie Carmichael, says his father is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at […] [...]

Court has questions about school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal appeals court has asked a Mississippi judge to explain how a freedom of choice plan will desegregate the Cleveland school system. The government had argued last month before a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans that U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Oxford erred in ordering the […] [...]

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