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With $200M available, next step is setting emergency bridge fix priorities

By TED CARTER Millions of dollars will soon be on the way to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a triage effort to repair state bridges that have been neglected to the point farmers and other commercial transporters can no longer use them. MDOT’s three district commissioners must set the priorities for the repairs and spending of the $200 million legislators ...

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Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

JACKSON — Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization. House and Senate negotiators tacked the language onto House Bill 434, a must-pass bill that transfers money in the budget. Senators sent the bill back ...

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OUR VIEW: Give new life to Mississippi Coliseum, Trade Mart

Parking a problem out in the backyard until the problem goes away may work for some (see Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and Farish Street). The backyard treatment has been the undeserved fate of the 53-year-old Mississippi Coliseum for more than a decade. This could be the year that changes, however. A makeover for the “Big House,” as it is known ...

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Mississippi Senate supports $555M tax cut plan

JACKSON — Mississippi senators on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a plan to cut business taxes and income taxes by $555 million over 15 years, and House Republican leaders seem increasingly receptive to it. The Senate voted 40-11 to pass House Bill 1629 with 32 Republicans and eight Democrats supporting the bill. The measure would cut individual and corporate income taxes by ...

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Miss. Senate passes bill to eliminate inspection stickers

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, including Republican Sen. John Polk ...

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Bill: Let home school students play public school sports

JACKSON — Mississippi home school students would be able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at their local public schools under a bill moving forward in the state Senate. The Senate Education Committee approved it on a split voice vote Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for further debate. Proponents say home school students should be able to participate ...

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Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some music recordings, concerts and theater ...

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Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to eliminate Mississippi’s $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker and decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit. Republican Reeves is seeking his second term, and he announced his election-year legislative agenda Monday during a speech at the Capitol. He says he wants to revamp the school funding formula. He wants to ...

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Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding. Musgrove, a Democrat who helped write the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and push it into law in 1997 when he was lieutenant governor, also asked Hinds County Chancery Judge William ...

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