Texas Gov. Rick Perry, pictured last month in Orlando, Fla., has said the Texas National Guard must follow state law despite a Department of Defense policy directive on same-sex marriage benefits.
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September 4, 2013 The two states say their own laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman conflict with a Department of Defense directive that went into effect on Tuesday.
June 22, 2013 Medicaid in Mississippi provides insurance to 1 in 5 residents. But funding could stop July 1 if politicians don't act. The Legislature has brought the program to the brink over a debate about expanding it under the Affordable Care Act.
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Gov. Phil Bryant, at the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Summit in Jackson, Miss., in 2012, supports a controversial effort to identify men who impregnate teen girls.
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June 3, 2013 Starting in July, doctors and midwives in Mississippi will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.
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The heath exchange Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had in mind got turned down by the federal government.
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February 8, 2013 Mississippi would have been the only Republican-led state in the South with a health insurance exchange not run by the federal government. Now Mississippi has another distinction: It's the only state to have its exchange plan turned down by the federal government.
March 13, 2012 Reporters aboard his charter plane asked Romney asked about his expectations for Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. He said if the polls "are anywhere near correct, we'll end up with, I don't know, a third of the delegates." And Romney, said if that's the case that "inches us closer to the magic number" of 1,144 delegates.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R).
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January 11, 2012 Just before he left office this week, outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour (R) issued more than 200 pardons or sentence reductions — including more than a dozen to persons convicted of murder, manslaughter or other death-related crimes.
November 11, 2011 What is a person? How is a person different from a human being?
November 8, 2011 In the end it wasn't even close. The Mississippi "personhood" amendment on Tuesday's ballot which would have legally defined human life as beginning at the moment of fertilization failed by a very wide margin.Mississippi voters soundly rejected the constitutional amendment, with 58 percent voting "no" and only 41 percent voting "yes."
A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Miss., May 18, 2011.
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May 20, 2011 The flooding Mississippi River has crested lower than expected in Vicksburg, Miss., but the Army Corps of Engineers warns it will be days before the surging waters recede. Before evacuating the area, however, some Mississippi residents took matters into their own hands.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour walks through the Iowa Statehouse before speaking to the Iowa Federation of Republican Woman March 15, in Des Moines, Iowa.
April 25, 2011 Gov. Haley Barbour said he doubted he had the "absolute fire in the belly" to run for the presidency. Whatever fire he had might've been dampened by opinion poll results that placed his support at less than one percent which was less than "none" of the above got.
January 7, 2011 Imprisoned for 16 years for an armed robbery that netted an estimated $11, they drew support from civil rights activists across the nation. Now, one sister is set to donate a kidney to the other.
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