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Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like Nissan and Toyota, these are ...

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, ...

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental ...

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Alday says he's 'deeply sorry' for remarks on black people

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, the town where he was ...

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Rankin election leaders propose parties take on more duties

BRANDON — The Rankin County Election Commission is looking to share more duties of running primary elections in the county with party executive committees going forward. In an email to the county’s Republican and Democratic committee chairmen, the election commission proposed the parties take on more of the duties, including sending poll workers and managers to training, coordinating with the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — The impersonator grabs the spotlight

Uh oh, former state senator Tim Johnson and Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have turned the public spotlight on an ugly thing politicians like to keep under the rug.     Johnson is a successful impersonator, mostly of Elvis Presley. Nosef suggests Johnson also impersonated being a Republican. Over a 20-year period Johnson was elected as a City of Madison alderman, ...

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Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment can cost thousands of dollars ...

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Reeves seeks $382M in tax cuts for companies and individuals

RICHLAND — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing to phase in $382 million in tax cuts over 10 years, in an election-year move aimed at both businesses and individuals. He made his proposal Tuesday at a Richland industrial firm, winning a quick endorsement from Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican. Reeves wants to repeal Mississippi’s $242 million-a-year franchise tax ...

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Reeves to propose cutting franchise tax today

JACKSON — Embracing one of the business community’s long-held tax reduction goals, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will propose eliminating the franchise tax on business capital Tuesday as part of a larger package of tax cuts. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, confirmed to The Associated Press that Reeves will propose on Tuesday a phased-in elimination of the $220-million-a-year franchise tax. ...

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