Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:06:15 GMT
New details are emerging on the suspect and device found at Marion General Hospital Thursday. Columbia Police, Marion County investigators, ATF, MBI, and the highway patrol responded to a possible explosiveMore >>
Investigators from Columbia, Marion County, ATF, MBI, and the Highway patrol responded to a possible explosive device at Marion General Hospital on Thursday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:24 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:24:53 GMT
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General, Jim Hood. Hood released a document in anticipation of the law that starts July 1 withMore >>
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General Jim Hood.More >>
A bill in the state senate is taking aim at overly sweetened beverages sold in Mississippi. That would mean common drinks like sodas and the Southern favorite sweet tea would be hit with a tax.
"People have got to wake up and get on the sugar replacements," said Sen. Deborah Dawkins, a democrat from Pass Christian.
It's being pushed by Senator Dawkins who says the purpose is to return some of the profit to the state, which is too often left footing the bill for medical expenses because of health issues related to high calories and sugar. With nearly 25 percent of the state's population as diabetic, Dawkins says the state can't afford it.
"Our costs have to be passed on to someone else if we're not able to bare them and we won't be," Dawkins said.
Dawkins says she's open to compromise on just how much the tax should be, but in her bill, she suggests a two cents per ounce hike.
"Even if we had a one percent. That would help tremendously as a disincentive," Dawkins said.
Justin Wilson with the D.C. based nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom opposes the effort, calling it a misguided attempt to achieve healthier living.
"I think what this amounts to is social engineering, plain and simple," Wilson said. "It's going to force people to move to other caloric beverages like milk or beer."
Wilson says a beverage tax shouldn't be used to plug budget holes and doubts money raised from it would actually be used for health related initiatives.
"The tax code is supposed to be about raising revenue, not changing our daily lives," Wilson said.
Dawkins isn't surprised by the opposition and says a similar measure in New York was just as controversial
"Sometimes we have to do something to get the ball rolling. This is my way of getting the ball rolling," Dawkins said.
Since the bill is a tax proposal, it faces a deadline to be heard by the end of the month.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:45:53 GMT
With the possibility of a special legislative session on Medicaid just around the corner, the head of a Jackson-based, non-partisan think tank is reiterating his opposition to expanding that program. ForestMore >>
Forest Thigpen, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act would be a costly mistake for Mississippi.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:32:20 GMT
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. The 4000-square-foot facility has five quarantine areas and a medical emergency treatmentMore >>
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. More >>