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PSC has no authority over rural water system

JACKSON — Legislation that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law clarifies that the three-member elected Public Service Commission does not have authority over rural water associations. Bryant signed Senate Bill 2322 this week. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the bill includes an amendment by Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, to require the rural water associations’ meetings to be open to ...

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Law clears way for UMMC to take over hospital

GRENADA — Legislation that would allow the University of Mississippi Medical Center to take over a hospital in Grenada has been signed into law. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1721. It takes effect immediately. Grenada County has been shopping around the county-owned Grenada Lake Medical Center since last summer. The bill would allow the board of supervisors to sell ...

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Governor signs anti-corruption bill, auditor pleased

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering is applauding a new law that he says will help fight government corruption. Gov. Bryant approved Senate Bill 2625 and it is now law with an effective date of July 1. In a release, Pickering’s office wrote: “Under this important anti-corruption legislation, an individual who has been convicted or pled guilty to stealing public ...

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ACLU chapter: School prayer can make students feel like outsiders

JACKSON — The ACLU of Mississippi says it supports constitutionally protected, voluntary student-led prayer in school for students who want to pray. What ACLU-MS does not support, it reports in a release, is “any policy or practice that violates the Constitution.” This includes the practice of schools promoting one religious belief over another, “therefore making a child of a different ...

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Abortion clinic continuing to see patients after judge's ruling

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic continued seeing patients yesterday, the day after a federal judge temporarily stopped the state from closing it. Several people wearing florescent yellow vests labeled “Clinic Escort” helped women find parking places and walked with them into the cherry pink building in a Jackson retail district. Outside an iron fence that separates Jackson Women’s Health ...

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Abortion clinic preparing for license revocation hearing

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later. The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to take away its license because the facility had failed to fulfill requirements of a 2012 ...

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Legislation would prohibit local food regulations

JACKSON — No one’s trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers have passed a bill to make sure they never do. House Bill 1182 would prohibit counties and cities from creating food regulations such as requiring nutritional labeling at restaurants, banning junk foods and keeping toys out of meals. Food regulations that promote healthful eating ...

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Federal law-nullification bill killed by committee chair

JACKSON — Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won’t revive its efforts to nullify federal laws — at least not this year. Republican Scott DeLano, of Biloxi, chairman of the state House Constitution Committee, has killed a bill that sought to neutralize federal laws that displease leaders of the conservative ...

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State lawmakers file bill to nullify federal law

JACKSON — Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers think it is time to do so again. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, filed a bill this month to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Laws. Chism said yesterday the tea ...

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Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County School District faces many issues ...

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