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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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March 29th declared Vietnam Veterans Day in Mississippi

In the state of Mississippi, March 29th each year will now be designated Vietnam Veterans Day after Governor Bryant signs House Bill 976 declaring the date. The Vietnam War was an unpopular war and many of the veterans returning to the United States were treated poorly. Vietnam Veterans Day is meant to be a time […]
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Mississippi attorneys resign

Both Mississippi U.S. attorneys were asked to resign, along with 44 other U.S. state attorneys that were appointed by President Obama. Gregory Davis had been U.S. attorney for southern Mississippi and Felicia Adams had been the U.S. attorney for northern Mississippi. Both resigned after Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked Friday for all U.S. attorneys who […]
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Jackson has water again

People in Mississippi’s capital city can once again use tap water without boiling it first. Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says Monday that boil water notices have been lifted. The notices were issued in parts of the city after workers replaced a broken water main in northwest Jackson on Friday and Saturday. The city originally estimated […]
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Mississippi Senate proposes education funding

State senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for the 2017-2018 school year, casting doubt if law makers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. The Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money […]