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Ex-State Sen. John Ed Lee dies at 86

BRANDON — Former State Sen. John Ed Lee of Brandon, a businessman who served two terms in the state Senate including four years as chairman of the Highways Committee, has died at the age of 86. Officials at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon say Lee died Monday. Other details were not released. Services are at 2 p.m. tomorrow ...

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Former state Sen. Scoper dies of cancer at 81

LAUREL — Former Mississippi state Sen. Vince Scoper of Laurel has died of esophageal cancer. He was 81. He died Sunday, and a funeral was held yesterday at First Baptist Church in Laurel. Scoper served the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and was among the first Republicans elected to that chamber since Reconstruction. He served in the ...

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Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown dies after cancer treatment

COLUMBUS — Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown, a longtime lawmaker known for his booming voice and skepticism about government programs, died yesterday after undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He was 64. “Terry was larger than life,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. “With his quick wit and gift for storytelling, Terry could leave a room in ...

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State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer

UPDATED …   State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown tells WCBI-TV (http://bit.ly/17gtc75 ) on Wednesday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to him about surgery. The diagnosis ...

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Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway officials say the state needs ...

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Senate OKs charter schools funded by school district dollars

The Mississippi Senate Wednesday passed legislation to allow public charter schools to operate in the state, though each school opened must receive approval from a newly created independent commission. Under the measure approved by the Senate, local schools districts will have to find the charter schools, though federal and sate dollars the districts receive can go toward paying for the ...

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Senate OKs changes to Jackson special option sales tax legislation

By Ted Carter Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson overcame a key challenge Thursday in his quest to overhaul the city’s antiquated water and sewer system.The city’s sole legislative priority for the year – a bill amendment that would enable the city to bond major water and sewer upgrades through 2023 – received Senate approval by a 38-9 margin.Bill sponsor Sen. John ...

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Burnham confirmed as state superintendent

The Mississippi Senate has unanimously confirmed Tom Burnham for his second stint as state superintendent of education. The Puckett native has held the $307,000-a-year job since January, and confirmation was a formality. Burnham is a former superintendent of Biloxi schools and served as state superintendent in Mississippi from 1992-1997. He was superintendent of Henderson County schools in North Carolina and ...

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Flowers sets business back 20 years

Mississippi state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, has sponsored the most anti-business bill to be introduce into the Legislature in 20 years. Mississippi senators recently voted to join Tennessee in allowing handgun-permit holders to carry their guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as restaurants and other locations. The National Rifle Association-backed legislation, sponsored by Flowers, originally covered only parks but ...

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