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Special education voucher plan passes Mississippi Senate

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi senators have voted to give $7,000 vouchers to a small percentage of special education students so they could go to private school or receive other education services outside the public schools. Senate Bill 2695 passed Wednesday, with 27 senators voting for it and 21 against it. The proposal will move to the […]

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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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Senate backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

February 11, 2015

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JACKSON — State senators want to sign Mississippi onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention that would force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase the national debt. The Senate voted 30-18 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2389, seeking a convention. The measure moves to the House for […]

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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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Farm bill deadlines are approaching

February 10, 2015

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STARKVILLE — Two critical 2014 farm bill deadlines are approaching fast, and Mississippi State University experts encourage producers to take action now. Landowners must update yield history and reallocate base acres by Feb. 27. By March 31, producers must decide between two new programs designed to help manage risk: Agricultural Risk Coverage, known as ARC, […]

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Republican US Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi dies at 56

February 6, 2015

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JACKSON — A spokeswoman says U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56. » READ COMPLETE STORY AND OBIT HERE Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee’s congressional office, said he died Friday in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. In […]

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Former funeral home could become part of Capitol complex

February 2, 2015

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Restoration of the Capitol will continue through late 2016.

JACKSON — A former funeral home near the Mississippi Capitol could become the property of state government. House Bill 837 would authorize the state to buy the former Wright & Ferguson building. An online listing shows the property is priced at $2 million. The bill passed the House 115-0 on Thursday. It moves to a […]

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Romney says he won’t run for president

January 30, 2015

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According to multiple media reports, Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision. Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was expected to share his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers and later with a larger group of supporters on […]

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Most Americans support government action on climate change, poll finds

January 30, 2015

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A New York Times story this morning says an overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curbglobal warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times,Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the […]

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Bill would ban government contracting with Iran-linked firms

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Some House lawmakers want to ban Mississippi’s state and local governments from contracting with anyone who does business with Iran’s oil and gas industry. The House Appropriations Committee Thursday passed House Bill 1127, sending it to the full House for more debate. The bill bans contracting with any firm that sells $20 million […]

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