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Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

April 23, 2014

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Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion 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. Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It becomes law July 1. It will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ […]

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(VIDEO) Boehner takes on The Tea Party

December 12, 2013

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Hours before a budget bill vote, House Speaker John Boehner sharply criticized the tea party and outside conservative groups opposed to the legislation, saying they’re seeking to further their own objectives, not those of the Republican Party.

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Former Southern Miss coach Turk dies at 71

December 6, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach M.K. Turk died on Friday morning. He was 71. Turk led the Golden Eagles for 20 seasons from 1976 to 1996 and finished with a school-record 301 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT appearances, including one NIT championship. The school confirmed Turk’s death on Friday. […]

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Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

October 2, 2013

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed, is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of […]

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Proposal to allow gay Boy Scouts heads for council vote

April 19, 2013

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NEW YORK (AP) — Searching for compromise on a divisive issue, the Boy Scouts of America is proposing to partially lift its long-standing exclusion of gays — allowing them as youth members but continuing to bar them as adult leaders. The proposal, unveiled Friday after weeks of private leadership deliberations, will be submitted to the […]

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EMEPA says some rates increase because of Kemper Power Plant

April 18, 2013

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East Mississippi Electric Association is raising rates for some customers because of higher wholesale power rates charged by Mississippi Power Co. to cover the costs of its Kemper County power plant. The Meridian-based electric cooperative says customers in Lauderdale, Clarke, Newton, Wayne and Jasper counties will see power rates rise by 9.3 percent starting with […]

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Natural gas prices rise from historic lows

April 17, 2013

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  Wholesale natural gas prices have doubled during the last year, and that’s bringing sighs of relief from an unusual variety of interests. Soaring production and an unusually warm winter sent prices plunging to under $2 per thousand cubic feet last spring, prompting some to wonder whether the natural gas boom would kill demand for […]

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Charter schools get the vote; bill now goes to Gov. Bryant’s desk

April 3, 2013

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After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped to […]

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Analysis: Reeves risks blame if charter bills fail

March 29, 2013

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Tate Reeves looked like a wizard after his first legislative session as Mississippi lieutenant governor. But the reputation of the Republican leader of the Senate could be in for a radical re-evaluation if a charter school expansion doesn’t make it into law in the closing days of the 2013 session. In 2012, Reeves stiffed the […]

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Bill LaForge the pick of College Board for new president at Delta State

February 22, 2013

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College Board officials say William “Bill” LaForge is their nominee to be president at Delta State University. » See related MBJ links for Bill LaForge LaForge is currently a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. A native of Cleveland and graduate of Delta State, his father was a professor of history there. LaForge will meet with campus […]

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