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Alligator hunting season changes

Big changes are coming to Mississippi’s alligator hunting season. Mississippi Department of Wildlife introduced changes on how hunters will get a permit from the previous first come, first serve to a lottery style drawing. Those interested in obtaining a permit will have a seven to ten day period to apply. After the period has closed, […]
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Sanctuary cities in Mississippi

State lawmakers have agreed to a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies. The Senate agreed Tuesday to changes the House made in Senate Bill 2710. It now heads to Governor Phil Bryant. The bill says cities, state agencies, and public colleges cannot prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also cannot give […]
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Campaign finance reform passes legislature

A campaign finance reform bill passes the Mississippi legislature and sits on Governor Phil Bryant’s desk for signature. Senate Bill 2689 brings more transparency to political expenses and places restrictions on spending to campaign related needs. The bill includes a prohibition on personal expenses, payments to relatives, and loans to candidates. The bill also states […]
3 days ago
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Lawsuit against State Farm moves forward

The Mississippi Supreme Court will not dismiss a state lawsuit against State Farm over Hurricane Katrina claims. That means Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against the insurance giant can move forward. The lawsuit says State Farm owes Mississippi millions of dollars. It argues the company delayed payments so that the state’s federally funded homeowners assistance […]
6 days ago
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No state lottery for Mississippi

Today might be St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s no luck of the Irish for Mississippians hoping to try their luck in a state lottery. The Mississippi House struck down the last amendment that offered to create a state lottery. The amendment was being considered in a gaming commission appropriation bill. This was one of several […]
6 days ago
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Harmonica master James Cotton dies

Mississippi Delta native and Grammy award winning Blues harmonica master James Cotton dies at the age of 81. Cotton died Thursday of pneumonia in Austin, Texas. Cotton has backed Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Howlin’ Wolf. After going solo in the 1960s, Cotton released almost 30 albums, including his […]
1 week ago
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House passes Back the Badge Act

With a vote of 94 to 18, the Mississippi House has passed the Back the Badge Act. House Bill 645 would enhance penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The bill now heads to Governor Bryant’s desk for his signature. If signed, the new law will go into effect July […]
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Volunteer firefighter killed by driver in Lamar County, MS

Two volunteer firefighters were killed and a third injured in a hit and run accident in Lamar County Wednesday night. Authorities say the victims were helping control traffic following a different accident when they were struck by a vehicle. The injured firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment. That person’s condition is not known. […]
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House halts flag amendment

The Mississippi House has halted a push to require universities to fly the state’s Confederate-themed flag. Republic Representative William Shirley persuaded the House last week to withhold a tax break from universities that don’t fly the flag. At that time, the Mississippi House passed an amendment that would require Mississippi State University and the University […]
1 week ago
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Mississippi regulates fantasy sports

Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation to regulate and tax operators of daily fantasy sports contests. House Bill 967 will set an eight percent tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate fantasy sports contests online or in casinos. Regulations will apply to fantasy sports contest operators who have 100 or more players drawn from […]