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Alday says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for remarks on black people

February 17, 2015

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JACKSON — A DeSoto County House member is apologizing for remarks he made to a newspaper about black people in his hometown. Rep. Gene Alday, a Walls Republican, made a brief speech Tuesday as the House began business, describing himself as “deeply sorry.” Alday told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in a story Sunday that in Walls, […]

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Iran bill dies, new version likely

February 17, 2015

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COLLINS

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Legislation designed to prevent the state from contracting with companies that do business with Iran and perhaps affecting the state’s relationship with Toyota Motor Corp., died a quiet death Monday in the Senate. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly last week, died on the Senate calendar when the Senate leadership opted […]

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

February 16, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, […]

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

February 16, 2015

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HOLLAND

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health […]

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Mississippi sticking with its childhood vaccination law

February 13, 2015

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JACKSON — Amid concerns about a measles outbreak in other states, Mississippi is sticking with its childhood vaccination law, which is one of the strongest in the country. A bill that would have weakened the law died Thursday because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote before a deadline. “I really […]

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MUW president named higher ed chief

February 12, 2015

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Associated Press The College Board named Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig Mississippi’s higher education commissioner Thursday, bypassing a more extensive search. Before becoming president of MUW in 2012, Borsig was the College Board’s assistant commissioner for governmental relations. Meeting in closed session, trustees chose Borsig to succeed Commissioner Hank Bounds, who is leaving […]

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House bill would clarify who can vote in primary runoffs

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — A bill clarifying who can vote in party primary runoffs is moving forward. The House Thursday passed House Bill 1069 (http://bit.ly/1BE2wy3 ) by a vote of 101-19. It makes it a misdemeanor to vote or try to vote in one party’s primary runoff after voting in another party’s primary. The bill, which moves to […]

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Miss. Senate rejects effort to dump Common Core standards

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could create a 27-member commission to recommend new academic standards for its schools, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. But after more than an hour of debate, senators rejected an effort to change the bill to make the state unequivocally dump Common Core State Standards. The effort to […]

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Miss. lawmakers working to change state contract process

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill designed to bring more public scrutiny to state government contracts. House Bill 825 on Wednesday and will move to the Senate for more work. The bill would create a new contract review board, with members appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor. The proposed changes come […]

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Miss. Senate passes bill to eliminate inspection stickers

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — Some Mississippi senators don’t have up-to-date vehicle inspection stickers. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it too. Senators Wednesday passed Senate Bill 2519, which would repeal the requirement that vehicle owners get a $5 safety inspection each year. The bill goes to the House for more debate. Proponents, […]

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