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Bryant supports immigration-enforcement bill; dismisses critics

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday he supports an immigration-enforcement bill working its way through the state Legislature, and he dismissed critics’ contention that it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. “This law applies to everyone, not just to people who are south of us or Hispanic by descent. But look at the crime and violence that ...

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House committee narrowly approves charter school bill

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP holds only a 64-58 majority. ...

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Senate committee approves teacher debit card legislation

JACKSON — School teachers would get debit cards to buy classroom supplies under a money-saving measure moving forward in the state Senate. A bill approved yesterday by the Senate Education Committee mandates that districts use debit cards for employees’ travel and classroom supply purchases. It also calls for districts to pay employees only once a month and to stop issuing ...

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House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards to approve charters in their ...

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Deer disease in Missouri gives Legislature more to consider

JACKSON — Missouri is the 15th state with confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild cervid populations. Wildlife officials there say tests found two white-tailed bucks killed by deer hunters in Macon County, Mo., in November tested positive for the deadly disease. They were discovered by Missouri’s Department of Conservation after it began testing tissue samples collected from ...

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Supervisors reject sheriff's proposal for civil service system

CORINTH — Alcorn County supervisors will not support Charles Rinehart’s proposal to support legislation to create a civil service system for his employees. The Daily Corinthian reports a motion by Supervisor Gary Ross to support the proposal died for lack of a second. Rinehart had said he would not pursue the change without the board of supervisors support. Supervisor Tim ...

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Bryant asking for more money to cover staff expenses

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is requesting an additional $355,531 to cover expenses for his staff through the end of the fiscal year after his predecessor, Haley Barbour, spent more than half of the yearly budget for the governor’s staff before departing. Bryant is also seeking $119,000 to pay for workers at the Governor’s Mansion for 18 months, to replace ...

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GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is scheduled to end in early ...

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Lawmakers facing first major deadline for filing bills

JACKSON — Members of the Mississippi House and Senate are facing their first major deadline of year. Today is the final day for lawmakers to file general bills or constitutional amendments that will be considered during their four-month session. The session started in early January and ends in early May. Bills are already filed on several big issues, including charter ...

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Committee approves bill aimed at boosting shrimpers, oystermen

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Legislation aimed at helping people who make their living harvesting shrimp and oysters from coastal waters have been approved by a Senate committee. The Mississippi Press reports two bills were approved by the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee. State Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, and the committee chairman, said one bill would reopen oyster beds that ...

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