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Reeves would support 'reasonable, rational' bond bill next session

JACKSON — With the 2013 Mississippi legislative session starting next week, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he believes there’s bipartisan support for charter schools and for efforts to improve children’s reading skills in early elementary grades. The Rankin County Republican also says he would support a “reasonable, rational” bond bill that focuses on long-term needs, not short-term projects such as ...

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Lawmakers cramming on education before next session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are doing homework before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together yesterday at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools. House Education Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said no bills have been filed, but the meeting provided a glimpse of what lawmakers might discuss once the three-month session ...

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Lawmakers primarily focused on cost of expanding Medicaid

JACKSON — Cost is the primary concern for Mississippi lawmakers faced with a decision on whether to expand the state Medicaid program with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Clarion-Ledger reports lawmakers discussed the matter during a joint committee meeting of the Public Health and Welfare and the Insurance committees. After the three-hour meeting, Sen. Dean Kirby, a ...

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State Sen. Harden dies after serving for quarter-century

JACKSON — State Sen. Alice Harden, a Democrat from Jackson who fought for better public and higher education programs, has died. She was 64. Her death was announced today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Funeral arrangements are pending. Harden had served in the Senate since 1988. She had served as chairman of both the education and universities and colleges committees. ...

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Craft beer lobby now to push for 'growler' sales

JACKSON — Buoyed by recent success in changing Mississippi’s beer and brewing regulations, the craft beer lobby was set to push next year to change laws to allow the sale of “growlers,” large containers of fresh draft beer to go. But upon review, it’s already allowed. And some gourmet beer outlets already have been selling the 64-ounce growlers. “It was ...

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Longtime Democratic lawmaker Turner dies at 64

WEST POINT — Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died yesterday. He was 64. Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died yesterday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he had been hospitalized ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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NFIB director backs governor's call for tax reduction action

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, Mississippi state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released a statement in response to Gov. Phil Bryant’s call to stop delaying the accelerated tax reduction as part of his proposed budget for fiscal 2014. Aldridge wrote: “This would make a big difference to a lot of small businesses. By no longer delaying the ...

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