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Occupy Jackson to ask council for extended stay in Smith Park

Occupy Jackson could be headed for a critical test Tuesday night as spokespeople for the grassroots movement ask the Jackson City Council Tuesday night for a permit to continue their low-key protest in downtown’s Smith Park for an extended period. The occupiers, a mix of college age people, retirees and middle-agers, have been spending their days in the park’s picnic ...

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It’ll be open house for U.S. entry – if you’ve got the cash

A pair of U.S. senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, has hatched a plan for boosting demand for the nation’s vacant housing. Sell the homes to wealthy foreign nationals and give them the right to live here, say Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. They introduced a bill last ...

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Study: Georgia immigration law brought crop losses of $181M

Georgia’s new law cracking down on undocumented migrant workers in the state caused eight of 10 growers of perishable fresh fruit and vegetable crops to see labor shortages this spring, a Georgia Department of Agriculture survey found. An analysis of the survey by the University of Georgia put overall losses to the agricultural industry at more than $180 million and ...

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Mississippi agriculture industry vows new fight against migrant crackdown

With Southern governors and legislatures in a hurry to enact strict immigration enforcement measures, worries have arisen across the region that farm crops will wither in the fields without enough migrant workers to harvest them. That prospect has set up a potential fight in Mississippi between legislators who want to take a hard line against undocumented immigrant workers and agricultural ...

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Mississippi can avoid Justice Department review on voter ID law

Mississippi’s distant history of infringing on voting rights makes it likely the U.S. Justice Department will have questions on just how the state plans to implement a voter identification law, should voters decide Nov. 8 to change the state constitution to require the IDs before allowing someone to vote. But Mississippi does have the option to avoid Justice Department scrutiny, ...

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Ms. Public Policy Center argues state can rollback public workers' retirement benefits

A Mississippi-based organization that advocates limited government has weighed in on the Mississippi Public Employee Retirement System solvency issue with a call for rollbacks in retirement benefits for some state workers. In a legal brief submitted to a study commission created to study possible reform of PERS, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy challenges state Attorney General Jim Hood’s assertion ...

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Business leaders’ Blueprint 2011 puts priority on Creative Economy effort

Mississippi’s strengthened economic development position has equipped it to become a player in the “Creative Economy,” a pursuit that involves fostering the creation and expansion of knowledge-based business that range from high-tech to film making to capitalizing on the Magnolia State’s cultural and historic heritage. So says the Blueprint Mississippi 2011 in a list of recommendations and goals issued this ...

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Push for ‘personhood’ creates uncertainty for state businesses

Casting the human embryo into the Mississippi Constitution as a living person promises to bring “drastic change” to the way medicine is practiced in Mississippi, the president of the Mississippi State Medical Association predicts. The unknowns are immense, but you could see physician defections to other states and a migration of patients to Tennessee, Arkansas and other border states, says ...

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‘26’ backers see amendment as ‘kill shot’ to abortion in U.S.

Legal scholars who have studied the proposed “personhood” amendment to the Mississippi Constitution can agree on this: They have a much better idea of what the sweeping amendment could do than what it will do. They also agree that if passed Nov. 8, lawyers representing opponents of the anti-abortion measure will be in federal court the next day. They will ...

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'Personhood' campaign wants birth control out of the debate

Yes on 26 campaign director Brad Prewitt is quickly irritated at the mention of “birth control” and the possibility a Nov. 8 victory for his coalition’s “personhood” amendment would restrict doctors from prescribing contraceptives. His organization, he says, wants to outlaw abortion and the “morning after” pill in the state — not birth control or fertility clinics, though legal scholars ...

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