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Smith Schedules News Conference

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Meridian's mayor has called a news conference for Tuesday to announce his intentions for this year's municipal elections.

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Senate Approves Voter Roll Bill

Updated: 02/06/2009 - The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill giving the secretary of state the authority to purge voter rolls in some counties.

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Wicker Says Democrats' Bill Ineffective

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi says the Democrats' version of a stimulus bill has a per-job cost of between $100,000 and $300,000, a cost that's hard to justify.

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Senate Removes Voter ID Exemption

Posted: 02/04/2009 - The Mississippi Senate has reconsidered and changed a voter identification bill that it originally passed in January.

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Mississippi Bill Status Report

Posted: 02/03/2009 - The Associated Press took a look at the status of selected bills so far in the Mississippi Legislature.

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Alabama Governor Seeks Tax Credits, Ethics Changes

Posted: 02/03/2009 - Gov. Bob Riley's State of the State speech Tuesday was a pep talk about how Alabama emerged from economic troubles during his first year in office in 2003. Then he outlined a plan for doing it again in 2009.

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GOP Lawmakers Get Creative

Posted: 02/03/2009 - In the Mississippi House of Representatives, every committee is chaired by a Democrat. So House GOP members tried to bypass committee chairmen and garner enough support for voter ID, the Child Protection Act, outside counsel accountability and forced unionization.

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Initial Campaign Disclosure List Had Errors

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released a list of state elected officials who failed to file campaign finance disclosure reports in a timely manner. But the initial list contained some errors.

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House Passes Voter ID Bill

Updated: 02/03/2009 - A bill that passed the Mississippi House Elections Committee Tuesday would expand early voting and require voters to show identification, with or without a photo, at the polls.

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Bland Formally Announces Candidacy

Updated: 06/19/2013 - Meridian insurance agent, Percy Bland, officially announced Tuesday that he's a Democratic candidate for mayor.

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Former Alabama Governor Dies

Posted: 01/31/2009 - Alabama's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, Guy Hunt, died Friday afternoon in a Birmingham hospital. He was 75.

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Harper Calls Stimulus Package 'Wasteful'

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Mississippi's third district congressman, Rep. Gregg Harper, voted against a stimulus bill Wednesday that he called 'wasteful government'.

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Meridian Mayor's Race Already Underway

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Meridian and other Mississippi municipalities will elect mayors and city council members in mid-year elections. For months, names have been popping up in Meridian.

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Mayor of Gulfport Indicted

Updated: 01/28/2009 - Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr, and his wife Laura, were indicted Wednesday morning on 16 federal charges related to alleged Katrina fraud.

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State Hospital Braces for Must Cuts

Updated: 01/26/2009 - Tough financial times dictate more budget cuts at the state level in Mississippi. State agencies, like East Mississippi State Hospital, are bracing for the worst.

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Keahey to Seek District 22 Seat

Updated: 01/23/2009 - Alabama state Rep. Marc Keahey of Grove Hill announced Friday that he will run for the District 22 seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Pat Lindsey.

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Date Set for Special Senate Election

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has set the date for a special election to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Pat Lindsey.

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Governors Comment on Inauguration

Posted: 01/20/2009 - The governors of Mississippi and Alabama released written statements after the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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Wicker on Stimulus Package

Posted: 01/20/2009 - U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker said he's hopeful Republicans and Democrats alike will be able to quickly work to pass some kind of economic stimulus package.

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Businesses Pause for Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Despite political differences, millions watched together as Barack Obama was sworn in Tuesday.

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Students Witness Obama Inauguration

Updated: 01/20/2009 - Students across Mississippi and Alabama watched the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president.

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