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Immigration-enforcement bill dies, but issue still alive

JACKSON — An immigration-enforcement bill has died because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote in a Mississippi Senate committee. However, the issue might not be dead. Some House members are trying to put immigration-enforcement provisions into other bills that are still alive. It’s unclear whether those efforts will succeed. Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob ...

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Bryant chooses ex-Sheriff McMillin to lead state Parole Board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant named former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin to lead the state Parole Board. The five-member board has discretion over which inmates are released from prison on parole. The board also investigates applicants for gubernatorial pardons and makes recommendations. However, Mississippi governors aren’t bound by the board’s recommendations. The board recommended against pardons for some of ...

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Bryant baffled by opposition to immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said he doesn’t understand some of the opposition that’s developed to an immigration-enforcement bill, particularly from businesses that say they don’t hire illegal immigrants, anyway. “If they’re not hiring illegal immigrants I am baffled as to why they think this law would be detrimental to their work,” Bryant told reporters in a brief interview yesterday ...

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Davis to be in court May 2 over alleged passing of school bus

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will be DeSoto County Justice Court on May 2 for allegedly passing a stopped school bus. Davis went to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department after misdemeanor warrants were issued for his arrest Tuesday. The Commercial Appeals reports Davis was freed on $1,100 bond. Steve Farese, Davis’ attorney, says a witness will confirm that Davis ...

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Embattled mayor surrenders to authorities, charged with passing school bus

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has surrendered to authorities after he was charged with passing a school bus in a private vehicle that displayed blue police-type lights. The Commercial Appeal reports the misdemeanor charge, stemming from an incident last week. The embattled mayor was already the target of state auditors and the FBI investigating possible misuse of city funds. ...

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Groups voice opposition to immigration enforcement legislation

JACKSON — Four influential groups in Mississippi say they’re opposing an immigration enforcement bill because of unanswered questions about how it would affect police agencies and local government. The Associated Press obtained a letter sent to senators yesterday by the heads of the Mississippi Municipal League and the associations of sheriffs, police chiefs and county supervisors. The letter raises questions ...

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Senators vote to restrict attorney general's powers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate voted 32-17 yesterday to restrict Attorney General Jim Hood’s power to control the state’s legal business. The bill would write into law what share of a verdict could be earned by outside lawyers hired on contingency. It would also require that the attorney general appoint outside lawyers if he had a “significant disagreement as to ...

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Group collects signatures calling for Davis' removal from office

SOUTHAVEN — The attorney general’s office has told a citizens’ group in Southaven that nothing in state law allows for the removal of a municipal official. The Commercial Appeal reports Concerned Citizens of Southaven has collected about 1,000 signatures demanding the removal of Davis, under fire for allegedly misspending thousands of dollars in public funds. Organizers have based their effort ...

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Hood files suit, Pickering issues demand against supervisor

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham, demanding he repay money state auditors say he earned double-dipping while on the clock at his former city job. Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office contends Graham, between 2004 and 2007 as a Jackson police spokesman and 911 dispatch supervisor, earned almost $46,000 operating his private business, ...

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