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Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s […] [...]

Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community […] [...]

Barbour says ‘tar babies’ quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, […] [...]

Former Mississippi First Lady Carroll Waller dies at 87

JACKSON — Former Mississippi First Lady Ava Carroll Overton Waller, 87, of Jackson, died yesterday at Manhattan Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at First Baptist Church, Jackson. Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 11 a.m. until the […] [...]

After string of losses, O’Hara sees himself as Senate ‘protest vote’

HATTIESBURG — Shawn O’Hara has a perfect record in Mississippi politics — a string of more than a dozen losses over the past 25 years. It is unblemished by a single win for mayor, congressman, senator or governor. Odds are good that 55-year-old Hattiesburg resident will keep his record intact this year as he runs […] [...]

Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state’s ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage […] [...]

Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school […] [...]

SBA approves Bryant’s request for assistance to DeSoto County after flood

DESOTO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in DeSoto County. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Sept. 11 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for recovery. The declaration covers DeSoto County and the adjacent counties […] [...]

Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes […] [...]

Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple’s divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that […] [...]

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