Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:13:35 GMT
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:31 GMT
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:16 GMT
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Its task is simple, but not always easy, especially when dealing with the financial backing.
"The primary function of our agency is to provide guidance to folks in government who want to comply with the law," said executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission Tom Hood. "We guarantee openness and integrity in state and local government and you can't put a price on that."
Lawmakers have to though when putting together a state budget. As it stands now, the Ethics Commission, known for its role in making sure elected leaders are abiding by the ethics law, could get an 18 percent funding cut. That's if the recommendation from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee is adopted.
"It would be devastating. We'd probably have to lay off essential personnel and stop conduction essential functions," said Hood.
As an agency with only seven employees, Hood says he questioned the proposed cut. Fortunately he says, it appears to be an oversight and doesn't expect such a large cut to happen. Currently operating on just more than $650,000, any funding reduction would have impacts.
"We don't ask for more than we need and I expect the legislature will continue what they've done in the recent past and give us what we need to operate," said Hood.
The agency was set up by the legislature back in 1979 after suspected corruption in county level politics. Eight statewide members make up the commission. It's all a part of democracy which Hood says plays a vital role in Mississippi.
"Most people in government want to comply with the law, they just need to know how to comply with the law and what the law is," said Hood.
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