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School safety bill advances in Mississippi House

A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration. The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Carlson book torpedoes the opposition

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Tucker Carlson is the star of the network that dominates the cable world. His ascendancy coincides with the election of Donald Trump as president. Aha! Lacky for the madman. Not so fast, my friend, as football commentator Lee Corso likes to say. Carlson is a member of an endangered species: rational man. He knows logical arguments, ...

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New Mississippi law lets electric co-ops offer internet

Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives now have legal authority to offer high-speed internet service. Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed House Bill 366 , and it became law immediately. Cooperatives provide electricity to nearly 800,000 Mississippi customers. The law allows the co-ops to enter the internet business. Officials with Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, a statewide trade association, say 20 of 25 ...

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Despite questions, bill could again allow contract autopsies

Some Mississippi lawmakers want to start allowing coroners to hire private pathologists to perform autopsies again, even though counties’ previous use of private autopsies attracted scrutiny. The Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 2400 , sending it to the full Senate for further debate. The measure would set up a three-year pilot program allowing coroners in Harrison, ...

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Bill could push more Mississippi government records online

Some Mississippi lawmakers say they are pushing for greater transparency by government boards and agencies. A bill that advanced Tuesday would require some city and county governments and state government boards and agencies to post minutes of their meetings online. House Bill 1296 passed the Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee. It will go to the full House for more debate. ...

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Mississippi agencies: Shutdown could spark worker furloughs

Mississippi’s welfare and child protection agencies could have to begin furloughing state employees without pay because federal welfare money has been interrupted by the federal government shutdown. Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis told the state House Appropriations Committee on Thursday that he needs to know by Feb. 15 if federal money will resume. If not, according to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Snyder, Foster open door to constructive conservatism

There is political language used to divide us. There is political language used to unite us. Our founding fathers utilized the language of unity. “E Pluribus Unum,” the motto emblazoned on the Great Seal of the United States of America, means “out of many, one.”  “We the people” in the preamble to the Constitution intones unity of purpose. Indeed, the ...

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Mississippi Senate transportation chair runs for commission

A Democrat who has served in the Mississippi Senate since 1993 says he’s running for transportation commissioner and wants to put more money into highways and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons of Cleveland is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Several legislative colleagues, including Republican Sens. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg and Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula, stood with Simmons as he announced ...

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Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there. The move follows Nissan’s December announcement that it’s cutting 1,000 jobs at two Mexican factories. Reports in May indicated the Japanese automaker would cut production by up to 20 ...

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