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Barbour, McCoy Trade Barbs over Budget

Posted: 01/20/2010 - Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and Democratic House Speaker Billy McCoy exchanged sharp words about the Mississippi budget.

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House Votes to Limit Budget Cuts

Updated: 01/20/2010 - Mississippi House leaders say they want to limit how much can be cut from the state budget.

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Council Passes Smoking Ordinance

Updated: 01/20/2010 - Click to read the entire ordinance passed by the Meridian City Council to halt smoking in local restaurants, bars and other enclosed public facilities.

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Barbour Delivers State of the State Address

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Gov. Haley Barbour says Mississippi needs to continue focusing on job creation, so the state can be ready to emerge from the national recession.

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Garbage Service on Supervisors' Agenda

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Lauderdale County supervisors are also scheduled to take up the controversial issue of garbage service at their meeting Tuesday night.

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Council Has No-Smoking Ordinance on Agenda

Updated: 01/18/2010 - Five years after a smoking ban in public places in Meridian was defeated through a mayoral veto, some members of the Meridian City Council say they it can be revived.

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County Radar Bill Surfaces Again

Updated: 01/18/2010 - A bill proposed in the Mississippi Legislature, for county sheriff's departments to be able to use radar to stop speeding, has been turned down again and again.

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Seafood Labeling Bill on Table

Posted: 01/18/2010 - The Mississippi Legislature this year is likely to debate a bill that would require restaurants to notify customers of the country of origin of their seafood.

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Lawmakers Object to Some Proposed Cuts

Posted: 01/15/2010 - Some lawmakers say they're concerned about Gov. Haley Barbour's proposal to cut a total of $413 million from the state's $5 billion budget.

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Census Office Opens in Meridian

Updated: 01/14/2010 - The Census Bureau's regional office, overseeing 24 counties, officially opened Thursday in Meridian. The agency is offering temporary jobs at an above-average hourly rate.

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Lawmakers Briefed on Economy

Posted: 01/14/2010 - State economist Phil Pepper has told Mississippi lawmakers what they already knew, the economy is sluggish.

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Perry: "Public Smoking Ordinance Alive"

Updated: 01/11/2010 - A proposed ordinance to regulate smoking in public places in Meridian is apparently still alive, even though the issue has been dormant for years.

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Davis Calls for Greater Line-Item Veto Power

Posted: 01/11/2010 - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Artur Davis says the state's highest office needs greater power for a line-item veto so the governor can be a watchdog over state spending.

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Wicker Visited Afghanistan, Pakistan

Updated: 01/11/2010 - Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker was part of a congressional delegation that met with U.S. military officials and leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Treasurer Says Tobacco Payments Declined

Posted: 01/06/2010 - Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves says the state's latest tobacco settlement collection was more than $8 million below expectations.

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Lawmakers Work on Industry Incentives

Posted: 01/05/2010 - Mississippi lawmakers are moving quickly to approve incentives for a German company that wants to build a high-tech pipe manufacturing plant in Tunica County.

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Senators Make Football Wager

Posted: 01/05/2010 - Senators from Alabama and Texas make a friendly wager on the BCS National Championship football game, to air Thursday on WTOK-TV.

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New Board President

Updated: 01/04/2010 - There's a new president of the board for the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors.

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Chaney Discourages Coast-Only Rate Hikes

Updated: 12/24/2009 - A state regulator says insurers are being discouraged from asking for higher rates targeted at a specific region of Mississippi.

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