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Mississippi vehicle inspection stickers could be eliminated

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could be poised to eliminate its $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker. The House voted 112-7 Thursday to approve the final version of a bill to wipe out the sticker. It was not immediately clear whether Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would sign House Bill 982. If he does, the sticker requirement would end […]

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Wicker to vote against attorney general nominee Lynch

March 18, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker says he will vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the nation’s next attorney general. Senate Democrats blocked legislation Tuesday to help the victims of human trafficking amid a partisan dispute over abortion that threatens to sink the once-uncontroversial measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put […]

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Job numbers climb, but Mississippi keeps worst jobless rate

March 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Here’s the good news: Mississippi’s job market in January had the strongest month in at least three years. But balance that with the bad: The state remained tied in January with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate of any state, and its struggling recovery has a long way to go before reaching pre-recession […]

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Ex-3 Doors Down bassist pleads no contest to second DUI

March 17, 2015

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D’IBERVILLE — The former bassist for 3 Doors Down has pleaded no contest to a second-offense drug-related charge of driving while impaired. Todd Harrell did not appear Monday in D’Iberville. An attorney entered the plea on his behalf. Harrell, 43, is under house arrest in Nashville on a charge of vehicular homicide by intoxication. A […]

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Reeves proposes more income tax cuts, bumping total to $550M

March 16, 2015

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JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to cut income taxes by a larger amount than he has previously proposed. The Republican says Monday he wants to increase the size of his tax cut to $550 million over 15 years. That would include $300 million in income tax cuts, eliminating the first $350 […]

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State asks to keep drug supplier’s name secret during appeal

March 16, 2015

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As he turns over $46 million in legal settlement money, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says some state leaders want to limit his litigation options in order "to serve the special interest of big business."

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi’s execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name. Earlier this month, Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled that the state’s public records law required release of the information, sought by […]

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Lowndes supervisors vote to fund small Riverwalk extension

March 16, 2015

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COLUMBUS — The Columbus Riverwalk is getting another extension. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County supervisors have voted to approve a Mississippi Department of Transportation proposal that would extend the just-extended Riverwalk an additional 120 feet. Kevin Stafford of Neel-Schaeffer engineering said the idea of adding the extra paved walkway came at the suggestion of […]

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New Orleans developer buys landmark in home town, Meridian

March 16, 2015

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MERIDIAN — A New Orleans developer has bought a downtown Meridian landmark — the old Hulett Furniture Co. building. Tim Hester says he was looking to invest in his home town, The Meridian Star reports. “I grew up in Meridian, played football at Meridian High, but as a developer I’ve worked in Tupelo for the […]

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Mississippi Power, regulators, ask Kemper decision rehearing

March 13, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company’s Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the regulatory body argued the […]

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2 Gulfport men nominated to Mississippi Gaming Commission

March 12, 2015

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BILOXI — Two Gulfport men could take their seats on the Mississippi Gaming Commission next week in Biloxi — if the state Senate can confirm their nominations in time. The Sun Herald reports the Gaming Commission meeting scheduled for March 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will have to be postponed if one […]

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