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‘We don’t discriminate’ stickers popping up in businesses

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion. Critics fear the vaguely written law, which takes effect July 1, will prompt authorities to look away from anti-gay actions that […] [...]

Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as […] [...]

Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill yesterday that he says he hopes will aid performance. “What we are trying to do with this bill today is get the best and […] [...]

Bryant expected to sign teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign House Bill 504 today at the state Capitol. It calls for teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017. The bill includes a $1,500 […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

Officials to dedicate segment of highway to late legislator

LEAKESVILLE — A segment of Mississippi Highway 63 in Greene County will be dedicated April 17 to state Sen. George Cecil McLeod Jr., D-Leakesville, who died in 2011. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King says dedication of the “Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway” will be at 2 p.m. at the Leakesville Presbyterian Church. […] [...]

State receives first NFWF funding to support coastal planning

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The money will be used by MDEQ to coordinate the views, visions, values and plans of the people of the Gulf Coast as Mississippi puts together an integrated, coastal wide, restoration […] [...]

Chaney: New building codes law could save lives, money

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney believes Mississippi’s citizens can have more confidence in the strength and resilience of their new homes and also potentially save money on insurance premiums with the signing of Senate Bill 2378, creating mandatory statewide building codes, if local leaders decide to operate under the new law. A mandatory […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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