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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:12 am    Post subject: Mississippi state news  Reply with quote

3 dead after plane crash in Jackson, Mississippi neighborhood
November 14, 2012  
A small plane crashed into a house in a modest Mississippi neighborhood, killing 3 people aboard and injuring a resident of the home.
The Piper PA-32 single-engine plane had just taken off from the Hawkins Field Airport in Jackson and struck several trees as it went down.
2 of the people on board who died were John Tilton Jr. and W.C. Young.

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Ex-Miss. Gov. Barbour pardons nearly 200
10 Jan 2012
JACKSON - In his final days as Mississippi governor, Republican Haley Barbour gave pardons or early release to nearly 200 people, including more than two dozen whose crimes were listed as murder, manslaughter or homicide, state records show.
A list released by the Mississippi Secretary of State's office on Tuesday showed some of the convicted killers were pardoned, while others were given medical or conditional releases. He had released five other convicted killers in 2008. One of them had been granted a conditional release earlier and was pardoned this time.

Relatives of crime victims had voiced outrage Monday after it was revealed that Barbour had pardoned four convicted murderers. Those men had worked at the Governor's Mansion as part of a prison trusty program.
A complete list was disclosed Tuesday, the day that Barbour's successor, Republican Phil Bryant, was sworn in at the state Capitol. Barbour had served two terms and couldn't run again due to term limits.

Mississippi aims to curb teen pregnancy with umbilical blood law
07 Jun 2013
- Mississippi will require doctors to collect umbilical cord blood from babies born to some young mothers, under a new law intended to identify statutory rapists and reduce the state's rate of teenage pregnancy, the highest in the country.

The measure, which takes effect on July 1 and is the first of its kind in the country, targets certain mothers who were 16 or younger at the time of conception. Under the law, doctors and midwives will be expected to retrieve umbilical cord blood in cases where the father is 21 or older or when the baby's paternity is in question.

Samples will be stored at the state medical examiner's office for testing in the event that police believe the girl was the victim of statutory rape. But they will not automatically be entered into the state's criminal DNA database.

Supporters of the law say it offers an important new tool to prevent older men from having sex with younger girls. Critics argue, however, that it violates privacy and will do little to deter teen pregnancy.
"We think it's a very invasive law to a woman who is already in a vulnerable situation," said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women's Fund of Mississippi, a nonprofit organization dedicated to women's rights.

Mississippi leads the nation in teen live-birth rates with 55 out of 1,000 babies born to young women between the ages of 15 and 19, according to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national average was 34.2 live births per 1,000 population and the lowest was 15.7, in New Hampshire, the CDC reported.

Governor Phil Bryant said, "As governor, I am serious about confronting and reducing teen pregnancy in Mississippi. Unfortunately, part of this epidemic is driven by sexual offenders who prey on young girls. This measure provides law enforcement with another tool to help identify these men and bring them to justice."

Mississippi is the first state to pass such a law, said the bill's author, Republican state Representative Andy Gipson. The state will pay for the costs of the collection and testing of cord blood, Gipson said, adding that testing will be conducted as needed as part of criminal proceedings. An estimate of those costs was not yet available.

Bryant also championed a 2012 state law requiring doctors to preserve fetal tissue in abortions involving girls under 14 if they suspect the pregnancy resulted from a sex crime against a minor.

The latest measure puts Mississippi in uncharted territory and opens it to legal challenges, according to Matt Steffey, a constitutional law professor at Mississippi College School of Law.
"The argument is that the DNA is abandoned or about to be abandoned as medical waste, and a person doesn't have constitutional privacy over trash," he said. "But I think people are understandably nervous about the government collecting and permanently storing information from their DNA."

Steffey said the law puts doctors in the awkward position of acting as law enforcement officers. The state medical association successfully pushed for a penalty exemption for doctors who do not comply in good faith.

"Physicians would rather the Board of Medical Licensure supervise and regulate the practice of medicine instead of having government intrusion between doctors and patients," said Thomas E. Joiner, immediate past president of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

Penick said the state would be better off pursuing proven teen pregnancy prevention methods, such as comprehensive sex education and access to confidential health services.
Mississippi requires public schools to teach sex education, but the instruction is limited to either an abstinence-only or abstinence-plus curriculum, which critics say is not comprehensive enough.
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Explosion caused fire at Mississippi biodiesel plant
22 Jan 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - January 22, 2014 (WPVI) -  A fire at a biodiesel facility in north Mississippi began with an early morning explosion, according to authorities, who said no injuries have been reported and the cause remains under investigation.
Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton said in a news release Wednesday that two workers escaped without injuries at the time of the explosion around 6:00 a.m.

Officials planned to let the fire at North Mississippi Biodiesel burn out because it was too hot to fight, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Ronny Hall.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said one home and two industrial businesses near the plant were evacuated as a precaution.
MEMA said the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has teams in the area to test for hazardous materials that may leave the site, but have not detected any so far.

The explosion also damaged a nearby power substation that caused a power outage to the town of Blue Mountain and surrounding areas in Tippah County, including Blue Mountain College. The electricity was restored, MEMA said.

David L. Franks, listed as North Mississippi Biodiesel's vice president in documents filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State's office, declined to answer any questions when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press. The company was incorporated in 2005, according to secretary of state's office records.

Phil Nanney, executive director of the Union County Development Association, said the business is "relatively small operation" with about five employees. He said a church daycare center near the plant asked parents to keep their children home Wednesday as a precaution.

"A large plume of smoke could be seen from several miles away," Nanney said in a telephone interview.
The plant is located in northeast Mississippi, near New Albany, a town of about 8,000 people, on Highway 15, which remained closed to traffic on Wednesday afternoon.

50 evacuated after chemical train derailment in Mississippi
01 Feb 2014
 About 50 people in southeast Mississippi were forced from their homes after 18 cars of an 85-car train carrying chemicals derailed.
The train traveling from Jackson, Miss., to Mobile, Ala., derailed at 9 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) Friday in New Augusta, Miss., according to the Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles.
No one was hurt in the accident, but the 50 people living within a half-mile radius  were evacuated because the train was carrying an ethanol-based product that spilled, said New Augusta Sheriff Jimmy Smith.

Out of precaution, a nearby highway was also shut down in both directions because ethanol is highly flammable, although no fire was sparked by the derailment.
"We are just trying to get everything ...  cleaned up," said Smith, according to NBC affiliate WDAM.
The derailment was being investigated, but Smith said the incident was not believed to be the product of a criminal act.

The Red Cross sent volunteers to New Augusta to set up a shelter for those who were displaced. "Residents should pack as if they are going on a small one- to two-day camping trip," said Angie Grajeda, a Red Cross disaster program manager.

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Mississippi Passes Religious Liberty Law
April 5, 2014
This is a victory for the First Amendment and the right to live according to our conscience.
I expect this means doctors and nurses need not kill babies (abortion) and companies need not hire homosexuals.
The bill has nothing to do with discrimination.

Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Religious liberty is under attack by intolerant liberals who want to force Christians to affirm SIN in the name of social justice.
Arizona governor vetoed Christianity.

Lawmakers in Mississippi passed a religious freedom bill that allows for residents of faith to legally challenge state actions that place a substantial burden on their free exercise of religion.
State action shall not burden right to exercise of religion.
The free exercise of religion is defined in the bill as the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief.

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The nation has a new state law that goes both ways, it seems. And the interesting thing about the law is that even its supporters think it doesn’t go all the way.

Last week, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act that lets the state’s citizens and businesses challenge laws they believe substantially conflict with their religious beliefs.

If this sounds familiar, it should. Several states have considered similar bills recently. In February, Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill  that raised a ruckus across the land because it would have let business owners use their religious beliefs to discriminate against people, specifically homosexuals.

The big difference between the Mississippi law and the vetoed Arizona bill is that in Mississippi people and businesses can now sue in state court, not just in federal court, to prove an existing local ordinance or state law forces them into sin. In Arizona, homosexuality would have been put up there on the sign that reads: “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”

Opponents of the Mississippi law, like the Human Rights Council, say it is now basically open season against gays in the Magnolia State because it could allow people to refuse service to gays and minorities by suing for exemptions to any future anti-discrimination laws. (It should be noted that there is no state law specifically against discrimination in Mississippi.)

Supporters say if the law had been around earlier, it could have helped a pastor fight a city ordinance that prevented setting up a church on the town square. The Holly Springs ordinance said 60 percent of the surrounding property owners had to agree to have a church as a neighbor. The pastor had to take the fight to a federal court before the city would agree to a settlement.
Sound confusing? Well, it is. And, as happens when people start clamoring about who discriminates against whom, the arguments drip with irony.

Let’s write those two previous paragraphs another way:

Opponents of the Mississippi law say it is still possible for people to use their religion as a basis for discrimination, while supporters say the law will help keep people from being the victims of discrimination based on their religion.

The political process is another irony. Opponents to the bill flexed their political muscle from the get-go by raising a red rainbow flag of warning in the national media and through old-fashion statehouse arm twisting by organizations like GLADD  and the Human Rights Council that brought in celebrity big hitters like former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass. This pushback resulted in several amendments to a bill that undoubtedly would have gone a whole lot farther up the dirt road of discrimination if the state had denied opponents their civil right to lobby and to protest.

History has its own irony to throw in. As pointed out by Mississippi house speaker Philip Gunn, the bill is pretty much like the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by President Clinton. In short, the act said the federal government has to have a really, really good reason to keep a person from exercising religious freedom. In other words, Uncle Sam better have a good excuse to compel a person to sin.

The Supreme Court later said the act does not apply to the states, which is why we’re seeing these restoration to religious freedom acts popping up all around the country

Here is one last irony to throw in, just for good measure. At the time, the RFRA had the support of not only the Christian Legal Society, but also the American Civil Liberties Union, proving once again that politics makes for strange bedfellows.

One of the regulars down at Sparky’s Diner said something the other day that folks might want to keep in mind about this and future debates over religion freedom and discrimination. The freedom to have a belief, whether religious or sexual orientation, is not a license to impose that belief on those with different or differing beliefs. Actually, the real comment was “Be careful, ‘cause someday, your ox is gonna be the one to get gored.”

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TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

TV commercials will begin airing Monday in Jackson, the state's largest city and prime media market, with Kennedy featured as a mom who struggled to understand her own sons' sexuality and believes God loves them, just like everyone else. The commercials also will be available online, as will banner ads on websites.

Other commercials may follow in Alabama and Arkansas depending on the reception and results of the Mississippi campaign. The Mississippi effort — which will cost $310,000 — is part of an $8.5 million, three-year effort launched six months ago in the three states.

Brad Clark, director of Project One America for Human Rights Campaign, said the commercials are the group's most direct effort yet to confront religious attitudes involving sexual orientation and non-traditional gender identification.

Polls have shown that Mississippi is among the most religious states, with more than half of its 3 million residents belonging to Southern Baptist churches. At the same time, Mississippians are far less likely than the average American to say they know someone who is gay, according to Human Rights Campaign.

"It's the first time we've led with this message, and it's historic for the South," said Clark.

The commercials will begin airing two days before a federal court hearing in Jackson on a Mississippi law that bans same-sex marriage. Opponents of the ban are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the ban from being enforced while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it is pending. In November 2004, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

After a series of recent court decisions, gay couples have the right to marry in 30 states. However, earlier this month a panel of federal judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Kennedy, 61, was initially apprehensive about speaking out so publicly about such a private topic, but she said her faith led her to the belief that spreading kindness, love and caring was more important than her own fears.

Justin Kelly of Jackson says the spots could help build acceptance in his home state. The 25-year-old Iraq war veteran is openly gay and will be featured in his Army Reserve uniform in another TV spot during the campaign, called "All God's Children."

"The values that are already in place in Mississippi are what we're looking for: To be friendly, to be open, to have conversations," said Kelly.

The president of the conservative American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, said he doubts advertising will have much of an effect on the attitudes of Mississippi residents in the pews.

"If you're trying to change peoples' fundamental religious views that's a pretty daunting task," said Wildmon, whose Tupelo-based organization owns and operates 194 radio stations in 38 states, including 12 in Mississippi. "For those who take the Bible literally there are some pretty clear scriptural references ... that show homosexuality is unnatural."

The Human Rights Campaign has said it wants to change the "hearts and minds" of people through the campaign, but Wildmon is dubious.

"What's wrong with the hearts and minds of Southerners?" he said.
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TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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2 Hattiesburg police officers killed
May 10, 2015  Mississippi  
-  Officers Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24, were shot and killed during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Miss.  Black brothers Curtis and Marvin Banks killed them.
The Banks brothers are in custody Sunday .
God bless their families and friends.  Tate was so proud to be an officer.

Mississippi state news

Personal Income Drops Across the Country
MARCH 26, 2010  
-  Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009
Nevada's 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating. Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%.

Incomes stayed flat in two states and rose in six and the District of Columbia. West Virginia had the best showing with a 2.1% increase. In Maine, Kentucky and Hawaii, increased government benefits, such as unemployment insurance and Social Security, offset drops in earnings and property values.

Nationally, personal income from wages, dividends, rent, retirement plans and government benefits declined 1.7% last year, unadjusted for inflation. One bright spot: As the economy recovered, personal income was up in all 50 states in the fourth quarter compared with the third. Connecticut, again, had the highest per capita income of the 50 states at $54,397 in 2009. Mississippi ranked lowest at $30,103.

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Supreme Court Takes No Action on Mississippi Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today took no action on a dispute over a Mississippi abortion law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

As a result, the law will remain on hold for several more months — perhaps until the court decides whether to take a similar law from Texas. The Supreme Court Monday blocked enforcement of the Texas law while it's on appeal.

Passed by the state legislature in 2012, the Mississippi law was blocked by lower courts, which found that it would effectively force the state's only licensed abortion clinic to shut down.

The state argued that the law would not unduly burden the right of access to abortion services, because many women in Mississippi could go to nearby clinics in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama. But the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that "Mississippi may not shift its obligation with respect to the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state."

In a more recent ruling, a different panel of the same appeals court said that requiring women to leave Texas for abortion services is not necessarily unconstitutional. That decision came in the separate dispute over the 2013 Texas abortion law.

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