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Mississippi House votes to limit landowners’ liability

Attorneys in the Mississippi House are sharply divided over a bill that could limit the liability of landowners or property managers who are sued by people harmed on their property. The House voted 74-39 Monday to pass Senate Bill 2901 , named the “Landowners Protection Act.” The vote was largely along party lines, with most Republicans supporting it and most ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP brawl brewing with Reeves, Waller and (probably) McDaniel

“Governor’s race just got interesting,” read a text message the day after columnist Geoff Pender announced Bill Waller, Jr., will enter the race. Oh, the just retired Supreme Court Justice deciding to take on frontrunner Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary stirs a lot of interest. But adding state Sen. Chris McDaniel to the mix really whips it ...

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No guarantee of state employees’ raises in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers are agreeing to an early set of recommendations for a $6.1 billion state budget. More work is coming in the next few weeks. The state House passed bills Tuesday to fund dozens of state programs for the year that begins July 1. The Senate did the same on Wednesday. The two chambers will exchange bills for more work. ...

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Mississippi bill proposes penalties for revenge porn

Mississippi could make revenge porn a crime. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday to set penalties for anyone who shares or publishes “intimate visual material,” such as nude photos, that were created with the intention of being private. Senate Bill 2528 would allow a $1,000 penalty for intentional distribution of the material and a $500 penalty for unintentional distribution. ...

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Tupelo seeks to hire full-time public defender

Northeast Mississippi’s largest city wants to hire a full-time public defender for its municipal court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has proposed spending $69,000 to hire the lawyer. The city currently spends $36,000 for two part-time public defenders for people who risk jail and can’t afford their own representation. City attorney Ben Logan says part-time ...

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Analysis: Mississippi abortion bills invite more litigation

Mississippi lawmakers acknowledge they are inviting a new court fight over banning most abortions at about six weeks into pregnancy, even as the state remains enmeshed in a fight over a 15-week ban. Soon after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the 15-week ban into law in 2018, the only abortion clinic in the state filed a lawsuit. A federal judge ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: More than Presidents Day has morphed into the mundane

Established in 1885 on February 22nd to venerate George Washington’s birthday, Presidents Day in 1971 was moved to the third Monday in February to accommodate three-day weekends for federal employees. It then morphed into a celebration of all presidents. Today it has morphed again into just another day when the Post Office and banks are closed. Much else our nation ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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Fed chairman: Rural areas have not benefited from national prosperity

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell does not feel the probability of a recession “is at all elevated,” and that the country is continuing to see solid economic growth. But in a visit to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta, Powell says that many rural areas have not benefited from the national prosperity. He says those areas need special ...

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Hood: GOP control hurts ‘working people’ in Mississippi

Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that if he’s elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries. “The working people have been kicked to the curb. They’re not in the back rooms when the deals are made at the Legislature,” Hood said Monday at a ...

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