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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mississippi Legislature

Cops and cameras

The state Legislature will be considering a bill to mandate body cameras for law enforcement officers. Local police officials discuss the possible new law.

 (December 15, 2014, Page 1, 12)

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    Lawmakers face active, involved constituency

    We predict interesting conversations coming up between state lawmakers and their constituents — particularly school officials, educators and parents of school-aged children — as they prepare to deal with two key education issues: fully funding MAEP and Common Core. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

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      MAEP must be fully funded for students to succeed

      Oxford School District Superintendent Brian D. Harvey, in a “Your Turn” guest column, explains the important of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (December 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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        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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