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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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Senate passes bill allowing for appointed school superintendents

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local school superintendents would have to be appointed by 2016, unless voters opt to keep electing their local chief, under a bill the Senate passed yesterday. Another bill would require the state Department of Education to rate schools and school districts on an “A” to “F” scale, instead of the current seven-step range from “star” to “failing.” ...

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Agency advertising bill ‘ill-conceived’

A bill that cleared the committee in the Senate and awaits action on the floor has caught the attention of advertising and media outlets. Senate Bill 2736 would prohibit state agencies from spending funds appropriated from the state’s general fund on radio and television advertisements that promote programs and initiatives, unless there is a bidding process involved. “It’s got a ...

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Consultant recommends four wards for Diamondhead

DIAMONDHEAD — A consultant has proposed four wards for the newly incorporated city of Diamondhead in Hancock County. Mayor Chuck Ingraham tells the Sea Coast Echo the draft map from Bridge and Watson of Oxford is step one of the election process of June 2013. Ingraham says public hearings will be held on the proposed ward lines. Each proposed ward ...

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Personhood opponents angry over new life-at-conception bill

JACKSON — Opponents say they are angry that Mississippi lawmakers are considering proposals to declare life begins at conception, months after voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment. Several bills would also put new restrictions on abortion in a state that already requires a 24-hour waiting period before any abortion can be performed and parental consent for a minor seeking the ...

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Officials say they will clean up county's bloated voter rolls

LEFLORE COUNTY — Leflore County circuit clerk Elmus Stockstill says he and Election Commission chairman Edward Course will work to address inflated voter rolls. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports data from the secretary of state’s office shows Leflore County has 4,000 more registered voters than adults living here. Data from the 2010 census shows the county’s voting age population is 23,566 ...

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Freeman, Luckett hold closing party for Madidi Restaurant

CLARKSDALE — Actor Morgan Freeman and business partner-lawyer Bill Luckett have ended their 10-year run as owners of Clarksdale’s Madidi Restaurant, an upscale establishment in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. In a statement on his Facebook page, Luckett, who also owns a blues club with Freeman, says: “Madidi Restaurant 2001-2012. Madidi was one of Mississippi’s premier dining establishments owned ...

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State election observers identify issues during election day

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State observers monitored the 2011 primary, primary run-off and general elections in Mississippi.  Sixty-three counties were monitored in the primary and runoff elections and 44 counties in the general election.  The Secretary of State’s Office reports voting issues during these elections are outlined in the “Report on 2011 Election Day Activities.” One issue is bloated voter rolls. Currently, ...

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Justice Department wants more information on proposed redistricting

NATCHEZ — The U.S. Department of Justice has requested additional information from the city of Natchez about its redistricting plan. The request that could delay the upcoming Natchez Board of Aldermen elections, according to The Natchez Democrat. Natchez City Attorney Everett Sanders said the department requested the information last Tuesday, which was the last of the 60 days the department ...

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Hosemann: State's absentee ballots on the rise

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — Absentee balloting is on the rise in Mississippi, as indicated by an analysis by the Secretary of State’s Office of absentee ballot numbers since the 2007 Statewide General Election. “What we are seeing is the use of absentee balloting as a form of early voting,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “The number of absentee ballots cast ...

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