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Gray Tollison

Former NFL, Ole Miss player enters senate race

Former NFL player Todd Wade has qualified to run as a Republican for the Mississippi 9th Senatorial District seat currently held by incumbent Democrat and Oxford attorney Gray Tollison. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

Funds low for election chests

Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)

Lawmakers reflect on 2011 session

State legislators shared an update with the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and business leaders on Wednesday. A focus on education and mental health caused the most strain on planning of this year’s budget. (May 5, 2011, Page 5)

Better luck next year

Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)

Animals recognized, finally

It appears Mississippi is catching up to the rest of the country when it comes to protecting our pets and punishing those who mistreat them. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at some of the bills dealing with the issue that are moving through the Legislature. (February 25, 2011, Page 4A)

Panty thief sparks sex crime bill

Local legislators are working to pass a new bill that would require prosecutors to include a special allegation of sexual motivation in felony criminal cases when sufficient evidence exists to justify a finding of sexual motivation. If convicted, the defendant would be required to register under the Mississippi sex offender registration law. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)

Lawmakers: Economy getting stronger

Lafayette County state lawmakers expressed hope of a brighter economic future for north Mississippi with the addition of three new industrial operations in the area at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting sponsored by the Oxford and Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and held at the Oxford Conference Center on Monday. (January 25, 2011, Page 1)

Clinton backs Childers at UM

Former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop at the University of Mississippi on Thursday to encourage college students to go to the polls Nov. 2 and vote for Democrats or they will be “committing malpractice.” Clinton made his remarks in the Grove before an estimated crowd of 2,000 to 3,ooo. It was Clinton’s 76th stop on the stump trail to show support for Democrats in tight races against Republicans. (October 15, 2010, Page 1, 2a)

Tollison considered for U.S. Attorney post

U.S. Rep. Travis Childers says he is asking President Barack Obama to nominate Oxford’s own Sen. Gray Tollison for the U.S. Attorney position in the Northern District. Tollison, 45, who works at the Tollison Law Firm in Oxford, currently serves as the attorney for the Layfayette County School Board and has served in the state Senate for 15 years. (July 20, 2010, Page 1A)

New laws take effect today

A new law, aimed at fighting the state’s growing methamphetamine problem, has made any medications containing pseudoephedrine no longer available over-the-counter. A doctor’s prescription is now required to purchase common cold and allergy medications that include Advil Cold and Sinus, Aleve D, Claritin D, Mucinex D, Nyquil D, Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus Severe Cold and Zyrtec D. (July 1, 2010, Page 1A)

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