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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mississippi Legislature

Mom channels grief into changing law

A mother of a 17-year-old Water Valley boy who died recently allegedly from overdosing on caffeine pills is trying to get Noah’s Law passed that would make it illegal for stores to sell the pills to minors. (October 27, 2014, Page 1)

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    County may get more money for roads

    House rejection of bills gives rural roads more funding. (April 14, 2014, Page 1)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Members of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics write to encourage state lawmakers to pass a bill banning texting and driving next year. (April 9, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Better days ahead for Mississippi Coliseum?

        Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at the history of the “state” coliseum in Jackson — the Mississippi Coliseum — and the possibility of a noticeable renovation of the half-century old facility that’s hosted countless events and some big names through the years. (March 5, 2014, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Members of the Oxford School Board write give their impressions of impending bills in the state Legislature and to urge citizens to contact their legislators to vote No on HB 765 and SB2325 and to amend HB 1476. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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            Will new sales tax holiday be worth it?

            Since both the House and Senate have passed similar bills, it’s likely that Mississippi will soon see a tax-free holiday on hunting and/or fishing items and supplies in the near future. Editor Don Whitten wonders if the tax money that will be lost could be better spent on other needs in the state. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Johnny W. Lott writes to stress the importance of education and to urge state lawmakers to use rainy day funds to deal with the underfunding issue in Mississippi. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                Who should decide about consolidation?

                There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Drug court grads aid prison reform effort

                  News Editor Jonathan Scott writes about how local and area residents who just completed their drug court program are showing state legislators that their ideas about prison reform and sentencing can work to help individually, collectively and financially. (February 13, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Let’s communicate about education

                    Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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