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Tax possible for temporary rentals

Mississippi’s tax collector is looking at taxing properties rented through popular online rental services. Popular sites such as Vacation Rentals by Owner and Air BNB feature homeowners putting their homes or apartments up for rent for vacationers. The new tax would mean any property that advertises for rent must pay seven percent sales tax. Local […]
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Expanding topics at special session

A spokesman says Governor Phil Bryant has not completed the agenda for a special legislative session, but the top issue will be finishing the budget. Bryant called the session to begin June 5th. Legislators left in late March without setting spending plans for the Department of Transportation or the attorney general’s office. The budget year […]
1 month ago
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Homeland Security Chooses Mississippi

The Department of Homeland Security selects Mississippi as a new base of operations for its drones. Much of the evaluation of how to best use the devices will be done right here in South Mississippi. Mississippi State University will lead the major research-and-development project for the department’s science and technology directorate. Drone experiments will be […]
1 month ago
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Gov. Bryant Vetoes Bill

Governor Phil Bryant vetoed a criminal justice bill because of a typographical error that he says could have unintended consequences. House bill 1033 would have allowed employed parolees to schedule online interviews with probation officers instead of missing work. It also would have eliminated automatic prison time for failure to pay a fine. In vetoing […]
1 month ago
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Gov. Bryant Urges For Talks With Cuba

On a visit to Havana, Governor Phil Bryant, said President Donald Trump should start talks with Cuba. Bryant went to the island to scout trade opportunities for the Magnolia state. Governor Bryant met with Cuba’s trade minister and said he had found his trip “encouraging.” Cuba watchers are looking closely for signs of how President […]
1 month ago
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Missing Teen Found, Teacher Arrested

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation….50-year old Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were found in Northern California. Officials say Cummins has been arrested and Thomas is safe. The TBI says Cummins kidnapped Thomas. The two have been missing since March 13. Witnesses say Cummins was suspended after he and Thomas had been caught kissing […]
1 month ago
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Guardianship/Conservatorship Commission

The Supreme Court creates a commission to help better protect property and the lives of both children and adults. The Mississippi Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship will develop recommendations to improve the way the courts protect children, vulnerable adults, and estates. The order was signed by Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. Waller stated: “the commission […]
1 month ago
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Supreme Court Rules On Execution Mississippi

Mississippi’s high court rules the state does not have to publicly disclose details of how it carries out executions. The state supreme court’s 7-2 decision dismisses a lawsuit that sought the release of Mississippi’s plans for executions and acquiring lethal drugs. In the lawsuit, the Roderick & Solange Macarthur Justice Center argued the Mississippi department […]
1 month ago
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Campaign Finance Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant signs a campaign finance reform bill into law. The new law will ban lawmakers and other elected officials from spending money for non-campaign purposes such as a mortgage payment, funerals, clothing, automobiles, tuition or undocumented loans. The proposal came after the associated press and the Clarion-ledger questioned campaign spending in 2016 reports. […]
1 month ago
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Mardi Gras Accident Update

The 25-year-old suspect in an accident that injured dozens of people watching a Mardi Gras Parade has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts against him. Neilson Rizzuto entered the pleas Wednesday to 27 separate counts, including hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular negligent injuring. Police say Rizzuto […]