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Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

A federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can start enforcing a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a judge’s decision that had blocked the law. U.S. District Judge ...

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Legislative leaders still not providing budget comparisons reflecting change

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only statewide elected Democrat, says his office is absorbing larger budget cuts than any other state agency. Hood said the appropriation bill approved by the Legislature in Monday’s special session will provide the agency 28 percent less funding than the Legislature provided in the 2015 session for the fiscal ...

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Mississippi governor seeks several changes in budget process

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is asking legislators to tweak the budget process to ease rating agencies’ concerns about the state’s finances. The Republican on Friday released the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Monday. It includes a list of proposals that Bryant calls the “Fortify Act.” He is asking legislators to build up savings in the state’s rainy ...

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Bryant announces creation of Ocean Task Force

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced the creation of the Ocean Task Force during a ceremonial executive order signing in Gulfport. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Naval Oceanography’s Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration at the Combat Readiness Training Center. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast is well-positioned to grow as a major unmanned maritime systems center as the result of an increased ...

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Bryant appoints Duncan as Eighth Circuit Court District Circuit Judge

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed District Attorney Mark Duncan Eighth Circuit Court District circuit judge. Duncan, who has served as DA for the Eighth District since 2003, will replace Judge Vernon Cotten, who retired May 31. Duncan’s appointment will be effective June 2. Gov. Bryant will appoint his replacement as DA for the Eighth District, which covers Scott, Leake, Neshoba ...

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Mississippi group will study lottery but not take a stand

A study group will gather facts but does not intend to make recommendations either for or against creating a lottery in Mississippi. That’s according to the group’s leader, Republican state Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said legislators should consider starting one. Republican House Speaker ...

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Rep: Sorry for using ‘lynch’ over Confederate statue removal

A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona had said in a Facebook post that the destruction of monuments is “heinous and horrific.” He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion. “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our ...

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Lawsuit questions governor’s ability to make cuts

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Two state legislators have filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court contending the law that allows the governor to unilaterally make mid-year budget cuts is unconstitutional. Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Rep. Bryant Clark, D-Pickens, are asking a chancellor to restore to the local school districts the about $20 million in cuts ordered ...

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9 years after recession began, Mississippi economy still stalled

Call them the unrecovered — a handful of states where job markets, nine years later, are still struggling back to where they were before the recession. That’s true in Mississippi, where job numbers and the overall size of the economy remain below 2008 levels. Unlike states that have long since sprinted ahead, Mississippi is struggling with slow economic growth and ...

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MDOT: Legislature needs to act quickly on budget to avoid extra costs

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Department of Transportation will not have to suspend contracts, costing taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars,” if the Legislature passes a budget for the agency early in the planned June 5 special session. MDOT officials originally had said that if no budget was approved for the agency by May 15 that they ...

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