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Georgia legalizes medical pot, limits use to 8 ailments

April 17, 2015

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ATLANTA — To the squeals of sick children and thunderous applause from their parents, an emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, makes it legal for […]

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

April 13, 2015

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The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson’s elected officials, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and […]

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Feds to set new off-shore drilling rule, 5 years after BP oil spill

April 11, 2015

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The New York Times reports the Obama administration is planning to impose a major new regulation on offshore oil and gas drilling to try to prevent the kind of explosions that caused the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said Friday. The announcement of the Interior Department regulation, which could […]

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UPDATE: Group claims Legislature duped it on killing Common Core

April 5, 2015

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The anti-Common Core group Mississippi Families Restoring Excellence in Education is claiming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Legislature deceived it in pledging to eliminate the education initiative. The bill sent to Gov. Phil Bryant last week does not kill Common Core and Bryant should veto it, the group said in an email Monday morning. […]

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Stennis Institute of Government removes ‘interim’ from French’s director title

March 25, 2015

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STARKVILLE, Miss.— P. Edward “Eddie” French has been named executive director of the Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development after a year as interim leader. Professor French, a Virginia native who also teaches in MSU’s political science and public administration department, said in his year at the Stennis Institute […]

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Georgia legislation sets stage for eventual casino resort legalization

March 25, 2015

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Legislation that would open the door to up to six casino resorts in Georgia will be introduced in the state House on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The measures, both by Economic Development Committee Chairman Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, would generate $250 million a year to support the HOPE scholarship, according to a briefing paper obtained by […]

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

March 9, 2015

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Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

February 26, 2015

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As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering […]

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Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlement earmarked for mentally ill

February 20, 2015

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Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […]

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