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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

May 1, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … […]

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School district getting new technology thanks to state law

April 23, 2014

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Students and teachers in one Mississippi school district should be better prepared thanks to receiving new technology under a new state law. The Booneville School District is part of a $1.2 million pilot technology project made possible through legislation championed by state Sens. Terry Burton and Gray Tollison and state House of Representatives member John […]

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Bryant declares state of emergency as waters rise

April 9, 2014

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While the storms have finally cleared the state, their aftermath is still being seen. Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson […]

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House votes for medicinal marijuana oil legislation

March 28, 2014

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Mississippi lawmakers have voted to make the use of marijuana legal— kind of. The Mississippi House of Representatives voted yesterday to make a medicinal marijuana oil legal in the state under tightly controlled circumstances. The House voted 112-6 to pass the final version of House Bill 1231. The Senate still must approve the agreement before […]

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Got dumplings? Squirrel season to start earlier for some hunters

March 24, 2014

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Squirrel hunters in south and central Mississippi won’t have to wait quite as long this year before they hit the woods. A new state law sets Oct. 1 as the starting date for squirrel season statewide, starting this year. It will last five months. The Clarion-Ledger reports that a new spring season will begin in […]

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

February 12, 2014

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At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol […]

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Leaders react to former Gov. Allain’s death; family issues statement

December 3, 2013

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Reactions have come from some Mississippi leaders, both Democrat and Republican, to the death of former Gov. Bill Allain: • Democrat William Winter, who was governor from January 1980 to January 1984, when Allain was attorney general and just before Allain was governor: “His legacy will be those reforms he successfully implemented in separating the […]

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Pickering to run for Senate if Cochran decides against reelection

November 26, 2013

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Add State Auditor Stacey Pickering to the list of potential candidates for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) decides not to seek reelection in 2014. Cochran has held the seat since 1978 and has said he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term. However, a Cochran spokesman […]

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Cochran could face young challenger in the Tea Party’s McDaniels; Palazzo also watching

October 16, 2013

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has had a long run in the Senate, but it looks like he will soon face a challenge from one of the state’s young, up-and-coming legislators. Two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel said yesterday that he’s leaning toward challenging Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary. McDaniel told The Associated Press that […]

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Swoope getting a nice raise in the Sunshine State

October 9, 2013

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Nobody ever accused Gray Swoope of leaving Mississippi to become the head economic developer in Florida because of the money, but his wallet is probably fixing to become fatter — much fatter — soon. According to a piece from The Associated Press, Swoope, former leader of the Mississippi Development Authority and now president and CEO […]

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