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Senate committee passes guns in church bill

Associated Press JACKSON – A Mississippi Senate committee passed a bill this week that would allow guns in churches. Places of worship would be allowed to designate people with concealed carry permits as security personnel under House Bill 786. The bill also would make “reasonably” acting within that capacity a legal defense against criminal charges […]

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Chickasaw picks Trump, Clinton, Kelly

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Voter turnout for the Chickasaw County Presidential Primary election last week was modest, but nothing to write home about. The county saw 3,888 votes cast in the Tuesday, March 8 primary election with voters picking Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald J. Trump for president and Trent Kelly […]

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Senate keeps alive possibility of tax hike

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Senate leadership kept alive Wednesday afternoon legislation that could be used as a vehicle to increase taxes to address state and local infrastructure needs. The bill, referred to as a “dummy bill” during more than three hours of debate, does not actually make any changes […]

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Senate increases education funding

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Senate leadership is proposing a $40 million increase in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which provides the state’s share of the basics to operate local school districts. The Legislature is in the process of passing the first round of more than 100 budget bills as it […]

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Vote on gasoline tax won’t happen

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A vehicle to develop and pay for a plan to address the state’s and local governments’ infrastructure needs is alive in the legislative process. But at this point all that vehicle – or bill – does is keep all the code sections alive, including all taxing […]

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McCullough to address MSU manufacturing summit at Franklin Institute

Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Former Tupelo mayor and Tennessee Valley Authority Mississippi Chairman Glen McCullough – now the executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority – is the keynote speaker at today’s sixth annual Manufacturing Summit. McCullough will speak about his vision for the future of MDA and give a current update on the agency. […]

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Senate gasoline tax vote slated for Tuesday morning

  By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Senate Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote this morning on a proposal that would increase the tax on motor fuel about 12 cents per gallon (at today’s prices) to fund road and bridge repairs throughout the state. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, presented […]

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Wildcats struggle in land of giants

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Quite simply, Houlka could not see the backboard Monday for the trees. West Lowndes used its superior height and power inside to pound the Wildcats into submission and claim a 70-55 victory in the MHSAA Class 1A state tournament semifinals. JaQuante Bell, at 6-foot-5, and TyShun Spencer, at […]

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Halfway through session, big debates yet to begin

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2016 legislative session may be halfway over, but debate has yet to really begin on three of the biggest issues. Although some officials have staked out positions on raising more money for roads and bridges, rewriting the state’s K-12 funding formula or cutting taxes, no real proposals […]

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Senate transparency chairman bans cellphones in his meeting

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – The chairman of a Mississippi Senate committee on government transparency is telling the public not to use cellphones or other electronic devices while his committee meets. Tuesday was the first big deadline of the 2016 legislative session, with House and Senate committees scrambling to consider general bills […]

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Legislation opens charter schools to more districts

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Charter schools could open anywhere in the state under legislation that passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Under the current charter school law, which was enacted in the 2013 session, charter schools are limited to D and F school districts without the approval of the […]

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Voucher bills pending in education panels

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Parents will be eligible for up to $5,000 per year in state funds to send their children to private schools under legislation pending in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature. The legislation could be taken up as early as today in either the House or Senate […]

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HB 1421: Raise Mississippi officials’ expense pay to $150 a day

JACKSON (AP) – A Mississippi House committee is advancing plans to boost expense pay for many state and local officials attending meetings to $150 daily from the current $40. The House Ways and Means Committee approved House Bill 1421 Tuesday. Chairman Jeff Smith, a Columbus Republican, says the change is overdue because the level has […]

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Tax credit extension for furniture producers moves along

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Extending a law providing furniture manufacturers a $2,000 tax credit for each new cut-and-sew job appears to be popular even though most legislators say they know little about how successful the program has been. “I have had some industry people say they were appreciative of us […]

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