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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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Mayor Addresses Threefoot Project Obstacles

Updated: 12/23/2009 - Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry said Wednesday there are much larger considerations that inhibit the Threefoot project than simply whether or not she supports it.

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HRI Backs Out of Threefoot Project

Updated: 12/22/2009 - Meridian city officials have confirmed within the past few minutes that HRI is backing out of its agreement to renovate the Threefoot Building.

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State Employee Says Tweet Cost Her Job

Updated: 12/22/2009 - An employee of University Medical Center in Jackson says she resigned after being admonished over a message she posted on Twitter.

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Alabama Democrat Switches Parties

Updated: 12/22/2009 - Senior House aides say freshman Democratic lawmaker Parker Griffith of Alabama is switching to the Republican Party.

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Neshoba Leaders Seek Hospital Funding

Updated: 12/18/2009 - Leaders in Neshoba County says they are hopeful of securing HUD funding to help build a new Neshoba County hospital.

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Health Insurance Debate Continues in Senate

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker says the Senate version of a health insurance bill includes federal funds for abortion, cuts for Medicare and payments to nursing homes, as well as state mandates that will raise taxes in Mississippi and elsewhere.

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City Leaders at Odds Over Threefoot Project

Updated: 12/16/2009 - A Meridian City Council work session Wednesday revealed a rift between the council and Mayor Cheri Barry over the renovation of the Threefoot Building downtown.

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Shelby Blasts Heath Care Bill

Updated: 12/15/2009 - Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby criticized the health care reform being debated in Washington Tuesday, in a speech on the Senate floor.

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