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Man charged with killing Delta mayoral candidate

CLARKSDALE — A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week. The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged in the death of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of ...

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Lawmakers reject Hosemann's budget over voter ID

JACKSON — Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget yesterday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s budget bill back ...

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Mississippi, its public policy and the human condition

The current Mississippi Legislature seems to be giving more than passing consideration to legislation with the potential to enhance the human condition than has been the case in the past. The attention is coming from both internal and external influences. A growing awareness of the social and economic plight of many Mississippi citizens (internal influences) combined with a push from ...

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Former governor starts new business with ex-Wal-Mart exec

JACKSON — Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is starting a new business. He and George Shelton, a former aide, are launching Company.Politics, which Shelton says aims to help businesses improve reputations and links to government. Shelton helped Democrat Musgrove get elected in 1999, but left to become a consultant and then head of reputation management for Wal-Mart Stores. There, he helped ...

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Battle of Medicaid expansion continues in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi House Democrats said they are trying to bring pressure on Republicans to revive a Medicaid bill that’s blocked in a committee. Republicans, meanwhile, say Democrats are playing politics with a government health insurance program that covers about one in every five Mississippi residents. The Mississippi Medicaid program is up for renewal this year, as it is every ...

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Senate bill would require exam after taking abortion-inducing drug

JACKSON — Any woman who takes abortion-inducing drugs would be required to have a follow-up physical examination two weeks later, under a bill that passed the Mississippi Senate yesterday. Senate Bill 2795 is designed to regulate mifepristone and misoprostol, which are given in combination to terminate pregnancy within the first several weeks. The process is called a chemical abortion rather ...

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Senators rethinking school board-election bill

JACKSON — State senators are pulling back from a plan to elect all local school board members. Senate Bill 2141 had called for all school board members to run for four-year terms in years that voters choose a governor. But senators voted 50-1 for an amended bill today to instead study the issue. Today, some city school board members are ...

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