Posts Tagged ‘State of Mississippi’

Governor could call special session for tornado recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant may call the Mississippi Legislature into special session to help pay state government’s share of tornado recovery costs. Speaking yesterday in Louisville, Bryant told reporters that the state believes that it needs at least $8.5 million to match federal aid from the April 26 tornadoes. The National Weather Service has […] [...]

Reeves opposes National Guard cuts as state reels from storms

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has joined other lieutenant governors around the country to oppose proposed budget cuts to the Mississippi National Guard. “Mississippians have seen first-hand why the National Guard is critical to each state,” Reeves said. “These brave men and women have led search-and-rescue missions and provided support in Louisville, Tupelo and […] [...]

Fate of state’s only abortion clinic in federal court

NEW ORLEANS — The future of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic soon will be up to a federal appeals court. At issue today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a 2012 Mississippi law requiring any physician who does abortions at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. […] [...]

Ford, Perry chosen to manage Capitol City’s new tax

JACKSON — A former speaker of the Mississippi House and a prominent Republican will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year. The Clarion-Ledger reports that former Speaker Tim Ford and Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry will serve on a […] [...]

‘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 […] [...]

Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state

DEKALB — A Kemper County drugmaker has laid off most of its remaining employees, making it likely that it will shut down while owing the state economic development money. A notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports Pharma Pac laid off 84 employees from its DeKalb facility on March 7. Kemper County […] [...]

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’ […] [...]

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