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Convicted felons see voting rights restored

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed bills to restore the voting rights of three people convicted of felonies. In Mississippi, the only way to restore the right to vote after a a felony conviction is through the Legislature passing a suffrage bill. Only three people were approved to have their voting rights restored this year. Donald F. Jones of ...

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Ford, Perry chosen to manage Capitol City's new tax

JACKSON — A former speaker of the Mississippi House and a prominent Republican will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year. The Clarion-Ledger reports that former Speaker Tim Ford and Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry will serve on a board that will develop a ...

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Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as 20 weeks since the start ...

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School district getting new technology thanks to state law

Students and teachers in one Mississippi school district should be better prepared thanks to receiving new technology under a new state law. The Booneville School District is part of a $1.2 million pilot technology project made possible through legislation championed by state Sens. Terry Burton and Gray Tollison and state House of Representatives member John Moore and signed into law ...

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City repeals gun ordinance, will follow state law

CORINTH — The city of Corinth has repealed its local gun ordinance. Mayor Tommy Irwin says the city will follow the state gun law to enforce violations. Irwin says he and aldermen took the action Tuesday after being lobbied by Second Amendment activists to make the change. Police Chief David Lancaster told the city board that making the change would ...

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Brewers seek permission to sell beer on site

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to take sides in a beer battle that pits small breweries against big distributors. The state’s eight craft breweries — seven that are already open and one set to open this summer — want permission to sell some of their beer where it’s made. Under current state law, craft brewers can provide samples ...

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State receives settlement involving securities violation

JACKSON — Mississippi has received $34,070 in settlement funds from a state securities violation. Another multi-state investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which includes Mississippi, found RBC Capital Market employees sold securities without properly registering with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. “Registering investment advisors provides confidence to Mississippi citizens when they purchase securities in Mississippi, ...

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Blue Cross agrees to pay in-network rates at four HMA hospitals

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Under increasing pressure from Gov. Phil Bryant and the state Insurance Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi said yesterday it would start paying in-network rates at four hospitals whose contracts the insurer had canceled. Mississippi’s largest private health insurer said it would resume higher payments to Amory’s Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, Clarksdale’s Northwest Mississippi ...

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Appeals court upholds ruling; finds 'stop notice' law unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop notice” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld that ruling yesterday. Alexander ruled ...

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Hosemann not feeling generous toward unauthorized charity

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is not feeling real charitable toward Bit by Bit Equine, and he is warning Mississippians not to get in the saddle with the Pearl-based charity. Hosemann says Bit by Bit Equine is not registered with the state as is required by law, and continues to solicit donations in Mississippi despite a cease and desist order ...

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