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Natchez mayor undergoes heart surgery in Louisiana

NATCHEZ — Natchez Mayor Butch Brown is recovering from triple bypass heart surgery at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brown’s wife, Shields Brown, tells The Natchez Democrat that the surgery was performed Monday. Alderwoman Joyce ArceneauxMathis, who serves as mayor pro tempore, will handle any duties necessary in […] [...]

Chairman: Contract bill going to governor was watered down

JACKSON — The Mississippi House on Monday passed the final version of a bill to tighten parts of the state contract process, but a House chairman said the Senate weakened it. House Bill 825 passed 102-16 and goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he wants to bring more openness to government spending. […] [...]

Governor signs bill banning texting while driving

by Published: March 24,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, texting

JACKSON — Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving. Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law this past week. House Bill 389 prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages, emails or social media messages. It set a $25 fine until July 1, 2016 and $100 after that. Making […] [...]

College Board stands behind move to fire Ole Miss chancellor

JACKSON — Members of Mississippi’s College Board met Monday and said they aren’t backing down from a decision to seek a new chancellor for the University of Mississippi, despite rising criticism of the move. Board members, commenting publicly after an executive session lasting more than an hour, said Dan Jones never resolved problems with contract […] [...]

FBI awaits autopsy in hanging of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — A Mississippi sheriff said Friday that a black man found hanging from a tree did not appear to have stepped off of anything before he died. Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas Sr. told The Associated Press on Friday that the body was found Thursday hanging by a bed sheet from a tree […] [...]

FBI investigating hanging death of black man in Mississippi

PORT GIBSON — Federal and state authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday. The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also […] [...]

People in the South move more than those in other US regions

by Published: March 18,2015

Tags: Business, Census Bureau, Mississippi, NEWS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Southerners moved a bit more last year than people who lived in any other region of the United States. New figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 12.5 percent of people in the South moved from 2013 to 2014. They moved either within their county, from one home to […] [...]

Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop

NEW ORLEANS — Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That’s the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It says the […] [...]

Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual […] [...]

Palazzo named to US House Appropriations Committee

JACKSON — Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi is joining the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Palazzo was named on Tuesday to the committee, which helps decide how to spend billions of federal dollars on everything from defense contracts to health care. A Mississippi congressman who died in early February, Republican Alan Nunnelee, had served on […] [...]

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