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Mississippi jobless rate stays low, payrolls rise slightly

Mississippi’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in January, while payrolls rose slightly. The jobless rate was also 5.5 percent in December, but fell from 6.1 percent in January 2016. More people entered the workforce and more found jobs. The number of unemployed Mississippians rose slightly, to about 72,000, as more people began looking for jobs than found them. ...

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Legislature drops key part of motion picture rebate package

By JACK WEATHERLY The bad news is that a key component in the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program will fade to black after July 1. The good news is that the cash rebate on 25 percent of the salaries paid to nonresidents of Mississippi is the only part that was lost. Going into the current session of the Legislature, talk ...

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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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Divorce debate still rolling at Mississippi Capitol

The Mississippi Senate is reviving a proposal to make divorce less complicated for victims of domestic abuse. Senators added divorce provisions Wednesday to House Bill 1356 , a measure originally dealing with protective orders in criminal sexual assault cases. One ground for divorce under current law is habitual cruel and inhuman treatment. Senators removed “habitual.” A House committee chairman had killed a ...

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Bill to expand dyslexia voucher program clears Senate

The Mississippi Senate has advanced a bill that would let students with dyslexia receive public money to attend private or parochial schools that offer specialized services. House Bill 1046 passed the Senate after about two hours of debate Wednesday night. The bill cleared the House on Feb. 9. The Senate made changes, and the two chambers must agree on a final ...

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Mississippi moving to ban immigrant sanctuary policies

The Mississippi House advanced a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card. The bill passed the House Tuesday and will return ...

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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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Lawmaker flips to support domestic abuse as divorce reason

A Mississippi lawmaker breathed life back into a proposal Monday to make domestic abuse a reason for divorce, after coming under fire recently for killing a similar measure. Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, amended Senate Bill 2680 with the language. The measure makes “abusive physical contact” grounds for a divorce, as well as threats, stalking, and financial abuse. It allows just the injured ...

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Mississippi statues at US Capitol up for discussion

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’d be willing to talk about possibly replacing the statues that represent the state in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Currently, Mississippi is represented by statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate politician J.Z. George. Many would like to see other famous Mississipians, such as Elvis Presley, blues musician B.B. King or author William ...

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Analysis: Mississippi legislators love to try to micromanage

Every year, Mississippi legislators deal with bills that could fall under the heading: Things You Shouldn’t Have to Tell a Sensible Adult. A case in point this year is Senate Bill 2305 , which says drivers must slow down and give space on the road to rural mail carriers who are making deliveries. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor punishable ...

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