Central MS TEA Party may join in lawsuit against IRS.


Central Mississippi TEA Party (CMTP) President Janis Lane says her group is considering joining a potential American Center for Law and Justice lawsuit against the IRS in response to being unfairly targeted by the federal agency. The CMTP filed for tax exempt status with the IRS in 2010. “We began doing some investigation and found … Continue reading Central MS TEA Party may join in lawsuit against IRS.

Atheists sue Northwest Rankin for allowing student-led religious assembly.


A Mississippi high school forced students to attend on-campus programs where fellow students urged them to turn to Jesus for hope and eternal life, according to an atheist group that has sued. The district has denied that assemblies were mandatory and says they were legal. A lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association asks a … Continue reading Atheists sue Northwest Rankin for allowing student-led religious assembly.

Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.


Rankin County schools Superintendent Lynn Weathersby allegedly tried to tie up the renewal of an assistant principal’s contract in retaliation for his son-in-law being passed over for a promotion. The contract has since been renewed, ending a related investigation, but complaints about those allegations have gone to the county district attorney and to the school … Continue reading Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.

Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.


On April 9, a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church spoke at an assembly at the school and showed a video of two young men who found religion as a solution to their problems with drugs, sex and other dangerous behavior, according to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, an arm of the American Humanist Association. Students … Continue reading Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.

Commissioner Hyde-Smith wants Legislature to fund multi-million dollar renovation at coliseum.


Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith is pushing for the Legislature to help fund the biggest renovation project that the coliseum has ever seen. It’s unclear at this point whether funding could be secured through a multi-million dollar bond bill or some other means. But if it happens, the renovation would help boost the ideally located arena’s … Continue reading Commissioner Hyde-Smith wants Legislature to fund multi-million dollar renovation at coliseum.

Health Dept inspects abortion clinic for compliance with new law.


The state Health Department this week inspected Mississippi's only abortion clinic to see if it's complying with a 2012 state law that eventually could put it out of business. Findings aren't being made public yet, but the clinic remains open. Health Department spokeswoman Liz Sharlot says it's standard procedure for findings to be given first … Continue reading Health Dept inspects abortion clinic for compliance with new law.

UAW targets Nissan Mississippi to bolster waning membership.


The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan, joined by actor Danny Glover, gathered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to call on Nissan to give its workers the chance to unionize. The group is composed of elected officials, clergy, civil rights activists and college students. Nissan maintains its workers in Canton are … Continue reading UAW targets Nissan Mississippi to bolster waning membership.

Lum’s residency challenged in District 59 race


Rodney Keith, a supporter of one of Lum’s opponents, Brent Powell, said he will file by the end of this week a formal challenge of (Bradley) Lum’s candidacy. He said he is filing the challenge on his own, not for Powell’s campaign. The election for the state House District 59 race is Jan. 8 to … Continue reading Lum’s residency challenged in District 59 race

Morton wants DOJ to reject legislative redistricting plan


The city of Morton has asked the Department of Justice to reject the redistricting plan for the Mississippi House of Representatives. The Scott County Times reports that the board of aldermen acted this past week at the request of state Rep. Tom Miles, a Democrat from Forest. Miles has protested how the House districts were … Continue reading Morton wants DOJ to reject legislative redistricting plan

Jackson hires firm to help improve city’s image


For years, Mississippi's capital city has battled a reputation as a place of blight, corruption and high crime. Now, Jackson officials say they have enlisted help to upgrade public perception of the state's biggest city. A local advertising firm, Fahrenheit Creative Group, has been hired in a $45,000 contract, to create better vibes for Jackson. … Continue reading Jackson hires firm to help improve city’s image