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Mississippi provides little transparency for civil asset forfeiture

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A survey of semiannual audits revealed Mississippi counties earned more than $36 million in fines and forfeitures.

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Libertarians, law enforcement debate civil asset forfeiture in Mississippi

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Members of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force head from experts, a prosecutor and law enforcement about proposed reforms in Mississippi.

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Jackson is closer to reforming restrictive taxi ordinance

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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While a new ordinance wasn’t forthcoming, agreement among Jackson City Council members on a taxi ordinance framework could bode well for reform.

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Kemper Project says it is now cooking with synthesis gas

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project clean coal power plant had a key milestone this week as it produced its first batch of synthesis gas made from lignite coal.

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Mississippi Power play: Utility isn’t reluctant to flex political muscle in Legislature

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Power isn’t afraid to spend lots of cash on lobbyists when it needs something from the Mississippi Legislature.

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Mississippi charter school supporters circle the wagons against SPLC lawsuit

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Mississippi  /  No Comments

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The Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit this week challenging Mississippi’s charter school law, contending it is unconstitutional. The suit, filed on behalf of parents, names the Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson Public Schools and Gov. Phil Bryant as defendants. “A school operating outside the authority of the state board of education and the local school board cannot […]

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