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Daughter of late state lawmaker sworn into Senate

WEST POINT — The newest member of the Mississippi Senate was sworn into office today. Democrat Angela Turner of West Point won a Jan. 15 special election to succeed her father, the late Sen. Bennie Turner. District 16 covers all of Clay County and parts of Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties. Bennie Turner served 20 years in the Senate before ...

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State House's charter school bill clears committee

JACKSON — A proposal to expand charter schools is moving toward a vote in the full House. The House Education Committee voted 16-14 to approve House Bill 369 after about 90 minutes of debate. Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, says he expects the full House to vote on the measure in a “couple of days.” The Senate passed ...

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City wants to name bridge for late state lawmaker

HOUSTON — The city of Houston has asked the Legislature to name a local bridge for the late state Rep. Billy Bowles. Bowles served 20 years in the Mississippi House. Bowles died in 2012 at the age of 78. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports aldermen are asking that the Mississippi Highway 15 overpass over Highway 8 east of Houston ...

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State House to take up its own charter school bill

JACKSON — State House members are poised to take up their own version of charter school legislation. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore said his panel would take up the House legislation this morning. Moore, a Brandon Republican, said the full House could debate the measure tomorrow or Thursday, if it passes committee. The Senate passed a charter school bill ...

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Lawmakers want gun permits to be concealed

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers propose cutting off public access to records about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed guns. Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon and Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison say they want the change because a newspaper in New York published names and other information about people there who have concealed weapons permits. The two Republicans said ...

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Thompson pushing Congress for levee-repair program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says Congress must establish a program to help state and local governments repair levees across the nation. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says he issued his statement in response to a report by The Associated Press that showed 326 levees covering more than 2,000 miles are in ...

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Webb: Economy growing slowly, 'boring'

JACKSON — An expert says Mississippi’s economy is growing slowly but still lags behind the pace of the U.S. economy overall. State economist Darrin Webb spoke to lawmakers at the Capitol today. He says the state and nation have a “boring kind of economy” right now, with slow job growth and shaky consumer confidence. Webb says Mississippi was one of ...

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State lawmaker decides to run for mayor

MOSS POINT ­ — State Rep. Billy Broomfield says he will run for mayor of Moss Point. Broomfield, a Democrat from Moss Point, has been in the Legislature since 1991. He retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2009. He was a project manager. If elected mayor, the 68-year-old Broomfield says he will focus on jobs, education, economic growth and efficiency of ...

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Daughter wins election to replace late father in Senate

WEST POINT — Unofficial results show Angela Turner Lairy will replace her late father Bennie Turner in the Mississippi Senate. With all precincts reporting, Lairy had 4,143 votes, or 71 percent, while Kenny Fowler had 1,705 votes, or 29 percent. WTVA-TV reports. Both ran without party labels. Lairy, a lawyer from West Point, will serve the remainder of the term ...

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