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Workers’ comp reforms headed to governor for signing

Workers’ compensation legislation seen as a victory for business and a setback for workers’ rights passed the Mississippi Legislature Monday. The bill sponsored by Sen. Will Longwitz (R – Madison) is touted as encouraging economic growth, creating safer workplaces and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice. Longwitz said the reforms are designed to return fairness to a system that ...

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Bryant picks retired banker Jerry Wilson as new banking commissioner

Retired banker Jerry Wilson of Columbus has been chosen by Gov. Phil Bryant to become Mississippi’s next banking commissioner. Wilson must be confirmed by the state Senate. He would serve a four-year term beginning July 1 as the head of the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. The department regulates state-chartered banks, thrifts and credit unions, as well as loan ...

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Song by Legendary Mavis Staples takes shots at Tea Party, 'birthers' at MEC annual meeting

Mississippi blues singer Mavis Staples mixed her music and strong political opinions into a song that directed her disappointment at people “who disrespect our president” by saying he’s not from here. Then she talked about people who are mixing up the Kool Aid but it’s coming out tea. Whatever party they’re having, she has not been invited to, the singer ...

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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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(UPDATED) PSC requests proposals for Kemper County coal plant

>> SEE UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY MORNING …. JACKSON — State utility regulators have asked Mississippi Power Co. and the Sierra Club to submit proposals on how to proceed with the Kemper County coal-fired power plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on March 15 that the Public Service Commission failed to lay out its reasoning clearly when it changed the ...

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Harper against hoodies — Mississippi representative admonishes lawmaker for choice of clothing

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor Wednesday deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he ...

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Mississippi government graded with 6th best level of integrity

Here’s a report card Mississippians can be fairly proud of: A C-plus for government integrity. The grading by The Center for Public Integrity placed the state sixth on the integrity grading scale with a number score of 79 – one point away from achieving a B-. The highest score went to New Jersey with a number score of 87 and ...

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Foreign car makers getting dragged into fray over immigration

The Mississippi Legislature’s expected approval of a stringent anti-immigration law that easily passed the state House Wednesday night could become causes of concern in the Tokyo board rooms of Toyota and Nissan, which have manufacturing plants in Mississippi. This is because the foreign car manufacturers can expect pressure from groups questioning the companies’ silence on the issue in Mississippi at ...

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Feds insist bald eagles protected – except when they’re not

In offering a $2,500 reward recently for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a bald eagle in Lucedale, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proclaimed that “every eagle” is protected. Not exactly. A pair of the national birds in Wyoming will soon be sacrificed in a religious service that has the blessing of federal officials. The U.S. ...

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Ms. House OKs vaginal probes for women seeking abortions

The majority of Mississippi House members want to extend the reach of government into the bodies of women who seek abortions in the state. A bill passed out of the Republican-controlled House on a 78-36 vote Wednesday night requires women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound probe before receiving an abortion. No exception is made for rape or incest. The test ...

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