- Portland, Maine, bans travel to Mississippi, North Carolina Updated: Apr-26-16 10:59 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Portland, Maine, is banning all non-essential travel of city employees to states that enact legislation that discriminates against the gay and transsexual communities.
- Analysis: Several legislators make impression in '16 session Updated: Apr-24-16 5:01 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi legislators last week ended their 2016 session, their first gathering of a four-year term. With 122 members in the House and 52 in the Senate, a few stood out from the crowd.
- Senators approve Frierson, 4 other Mississippi agency chiefs Updated: Apr-22-16 4:50 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi senators have confirmed five people to run state agencies.
- 2016 session: Tax cut, school changes; no new highway money Updated: Apr-22-16 2:12 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi legislators grabbed national attention during their 2016 session by voting to let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.
- Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division Updated: Apr-21-16 7:34 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - This was the year Republicans seized and wielded a supermajority in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature.
- La'Porsha Renae of "American Idol" hits high note back home Updated: Apr-21-16 5:58 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - "American Idol" runner-up La'Porsha Renae has delivered a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace" to a standing ovation in the Mississippi House, closing the session on a high note in her home state.
- "American Idol" runner-up sends lawmakers off on a high note Updated: Apr-21-16 5:31 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - "American Idol" runner-up La'Porsha Renae delivered a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace" to a standing ovation in the Mississippi House on Thursday, closing the session on a high note.
- Mississippi Legislature adjourns 2016 session Updated: Apr-21-16 10:55 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Legislature has concluded its 2016 session.
- Treasurer says borrowing too high, some projects unworthy Updated: Apr-20-16 8:55 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is objecting to a bill passed by lawmakers to borrow money for construction projects, saying some of the projects are imprudent and she's worried about the state taking on too much debt.
- Miss. not adding domestic violence as grounds for divorce Updated: Apr-20-16 8:00 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi will not add domestic violence as a reason for divorce.
- Lawmakers vote to outlaw synthetic marijuana Updated: Apr-20-16 8:00 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A bill that would outlaw synthetic marijuana is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant.
- Bill to fund capital city improvements dies Updated: Apr-20-16 7:47 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lawmakers have killed a proposal to create a state fund for improvements to parts of the capital city.
- Bryant says he will OK expansion of Jackson airport board Updated: Apr-20-16 7:42 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he will sign a bill to expand the board of Mississippi's largest airport.
- Bill repeats Mississippi ban on Medicaid money for abortion Updated: Apr-20-16 7:15 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state Medicaid program could not spend money with any facility that performs elective abortions.
- Mississippi governor cutting $25M in 2nd round of reductions Updated: Apr-20-16 3:57 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday made his second round of state spending cuts since the current budget year started July 1, with revenue continuing to fall short of expectations in a sluggish economy.
- 6 school districts would merge, 2 more dissolve under bills Updated: Apr-19-16 8:55 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lawmakers have given final passage to bills that would merge six school districts and dissolve two others.
- Bill to audit welfare recipients sent back to committee Updated: Apr-19-16 8:03 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lawmakers are unlikely to reconsider a bill requiring audits of Medicaid recipients and tightening restrictions on other government aid.
- House and Senate agree on statewide takeover school district Updated: Apr-19-16 5:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A plan for a new statewide school district to take control of faltering local schools and districts is on its way to the governor's desk.
- Bill to reinforce federal immigration laws dies Updated: Apr-19-16 4:05 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A bill reinforcing that local law enforcement officials must follow federal immigration laws has died.
- Mississippi House turns back limit on taking campaign cash Updated: Apr-19-16 2:29 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - With longtime members rebelling against changes, the Mississippi House voted down a bill that would have restricted personal use of campaign money.
- School funding formula changes die after lawmaker talks fail Updated: Apr-19-16 12:43 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Lawmakers won't rewrite Mississippi's K-12 school funding formula this year.
- The Latest: Senate sends $415M tax cut to Bryant to sign Updated: Apr-18-16 10:35 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on tax cuts being considered by the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):
- The Latest: Lawmakers agree to borrow $250 million in bonds Updated: Apr-18-16 9:46 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on state borrowing (all times local):
- Mississippi lawmakers agree to borrow $250 million in bonds Updated: Apr-18-16 9:42 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi state government would borrow $250 million under an agreement between House and Senate negotiators that's headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.
- Roll call on House passage of $415 million tax cut bill Updated: Apr-18-16 7:12 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi House voted 73-44 Monday to approve a House-Senate plan to cut $415 million in taxes over 12 years. Supporters say the measure will return needed money to taxpayers and spur business growth. Opponents say Mississippi can't afford tax cuts with a revenue shortfall and say tax cuts haven't helped economies of other states. A yes vote was to approve the bill, while a no vote opposed that action. Voting yes were 66 Republicans and seven Democrats. Voting no were 37 Democrats and seven Republicans. Two Democrats voted present, while one Democrat and one Republican did not vote.