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1. Mississippi Lawmakers Could Debate Creation of a Lottery
- Thursday, December 28, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi residents for years have been crossing into Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy lottery tickets.
In 2018, lawmakers could debate whether Mississippi will join the large majority of states that offer games of chance.
2. Mississippi Universities Seek Bonds After 2017 Brought None
- Monday, August 21, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's eight public universities thought they had a deal with lawmakers for predictable bond funding each year. But the Legislature didn't do any general borrowing earlier this year. Now, as the universities make their yearly bond request, they're emphasizing the importance of a yearly money infusion to campus operations.
3. Mississippi Accused of Unequal Schooling for Black Students
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday.
4. Black Caucus: White Rep Should Resign Over Lynch Comment
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments.
5. Mississippi Governor Sets Special Session to Start June 5
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5.
He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1.
6. Mississippi Ethics Law Will Restrict Use of Campaign Money
- Thursday, April 13, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi politicians will face new limits next year on how they can use campaign cash, under an ethics law the Legislature passed after media investigations revealed spending on everything from mortgage payments to cowboy boots.
7. Northern Mississippi Lawmaker Discloses Dementia Diagnosis
- Monday, March 27, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A colorful Mississippi state lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade drew a standing ovation from colleagues Friday after announcing from the House floor that he has dementia, vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog."
8. Mississippi House to Colleges: Fly Flag or Lose Tax Break
- Thursday, March 9, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.
9. Mississippi Governor Wants Renewed Push for Lottery
- Friday, February 24, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue.
10. Mississippi Lawmakers Propose Spending Cuts for Coming Year
- Friday, December 9, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year.
House Speaker Philip Gunn says most state agencies should plan to operate on "the leanest levels possible" during fiscal 2018, which begins July 1.
11. Petitions Fail to Strip Confederate Emblem From Mississippi State Flag
- Monday, October 17, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag has failed because sponsors didn't collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot.
12. Party Switch Pushes GOP Closer to Supermajority in Miss. House
- Friday, November 6, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties.
Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed his decision Thursday to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
13. Ole Miss Removes State Flag that Features Confederate Emblem
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag — which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner — for the last time.
14. TN Lawmakers Call For Removal of KKK Leader's Bust
- Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a bipartisan mix of officials across Southern states are calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy.
15. Mississippi Tourism Officials Seek Bigger Promo Budget
- Friday, October 3, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi tourism officials are requesting more public money to promote the state in big media markets such as Atlanta and Chicago, hoping the investment will lure travelers to play golf, visit civil-rights landmarks or hear authentic blues music close to its roots.
16. Democrats Push for Mississippi State Employee Pay Raise
- Friday, February 21, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Democrats say they'll keep trying to give all Mississippi government employees at least a $1,000 pay raise in the coming year, even after several attempts were blocked Wednesday in the Republican-majority House.
17. Mississippi Lawmakers Face Long Agenda in 2014 Session
- Tuesday, January 7, 2014
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers start their three-month session at noon Tuesday, and they face a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.
18. Effort to Renew Miss. Immigration Enforcement Ends
- Friday, April 6, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi House chairman on Thursday abandoned his effort to revive tougher immigration enforcement provisions that included requiring local police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities.