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Wicker Hosts Tele-Town Hall Meeting

Posted: 03/12/2010 - Sen. Roger Wicker will conduct a town hall meeting via telephone for residents of east central Mississippi Mar. 15.

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Silver Alert Bill Sent to Governor

Posted: 03/12/2010 - A bill has been sent to the governor that would set up a Silver Alert system to notify officials when an elderly person or someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment goes missing.

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State Budget Woes Could Impact CMRC

Updated: 03/12/2010 - Next week, the city of Newton's second largest employer could find out whether it will be closed because of budget cuts.

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Economic Development Bills Pass

Updated: 03/12/2010 - The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill to provide help to the cut-and-sew industry in Mississippi.

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Animal Cruelty Law Remains Misdemeanor

Updated: 03/12/2010 - Mississippi's animal cruelty law is under scrutiny following the seizure of about 170 animals from Raven's Hope Animal Sanctuary.

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Open Meetings Bill Dies

Posted: 03/11/2010 - A House chairman has killed a bill that was designed to strengthen Mississippi's Open Meetings laws.

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Sen. Gordon Appears Briefly at Capitol

Posted: 03/10/2010 - State Sen. Jack Gordon made a brief appearance Wednesday at the state Capitol, days after being hospitalized for an undisclosed condition.

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Mental Commitment Bill Goes to Governor

Posted: 03/10/2010 - The Senate has sent to the governor a bill that aims to simplify the process of having people involuntarily committed for evaluation or treatment of mental illness.

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State Compromise Helps Counties

Updated: 03/09/2010 - A budget compromise by the Mississippi Legislature will apparently prevent the hole in Lauderdale County's finances from getting bigger.

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Senate Votes to Revamp Retirement

Posted: 03/09/2010 - The Mississippi Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would change how the state handles employees who retire and then return to work in state government.

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Negotiations Set on School Bus Safety Bill

Posted: 03/09/2010 - The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to negotiate a final version of a bill setting penalties for passing stopped school buses.

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Officials Deplore Loss of Tanker Contract

Updated: 03/08/2010 - Officials in Alabama and Mississippi are blasting the Pentagon after Northrop Grumman decided to end its bid to build Air Force refueling tankers at a site in Mobile.

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Controversial School Reduction Idea Still Alive

Updated: 03/08/2010 - A bill in the Mississippi Legislature that will cut back school days and furlough teachers has already passed the Senate and the House vote may not be far behind.

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Voter ID Gets Place on 2011 Mississippi Ballot

Posted: 03/08/2010 - Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says petitioners gathered more than enough signatures to put a voter ID initiative on Mississippi's ballot in November 2011.

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Sen. Jack Gordon Hospitalized

Updated: 03/08/2010 - Mississippi state Sen. Jack Gordon remained hospitalized Monday but his condition has been upgraded from critical to good.

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Reducing School Days Met with Opposition

Posted: 03/04/2010 - Mississippi students could be sitting in the classroom five fewer days for 2011 and 2012 school years, if the House of Representatives agrees to the state Senate proposal.

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Alabama Lawmakers Reject State Furloughs

Posted: 03/04/2010 - The Alabama Legislature has killed a plan by the State Personnel Board that would have let state agencies temporarily furlough state employees to avoid layoffs.

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Senate Gives Schools Option

Posted: 03/03/2010 - The Mississippi Senate has voted to give school districts the option of keeping children in class five fewer days for each of the next two years.

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