BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he "would be inclined to sign" a proposal banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, if lawmakers pass it. Edwards, a Democrat who opposes abortion, announced his position Wednesday on his monthly radio show. The bill would have Louisiana become the second state in the nation with such a restrictive abortion law, following Mississippi. But Louisiana's proposal, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich, hasn't yet received a hearing.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The governor of Mississippi is appointing state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Hyde-Smith will be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress once Cochran resigns April 1. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 special election to fill the rest of Cochran's term, which expires in January 2020.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's state auditor says a failed solar panel maker owes state and local governments nearly $93 million. Auditor Stacey Pickering said Wednesday that he has issued a demand for repayment to a successor of Stion Corp., which closed its Hattiesburg plant last year. It's the latest in a series of failed green energy investments for the state. Mississippi taxpayers have lost more than $185 million in those ventures.
SALTILLO, Miss. (AP) - A paper company is expanding its cardboard box plant in northeast Mississippi, with plans to add 25 jobs over three years. Atlanta-based WestRock announced Wednesday that it will replace the corrugating machine at its Saltillo plant with a new, larger machine to make cardboard. The company didn't say how much it will spend at the plant, which now has 169 workers. State and local officials will grant WestRock an estimated $3.3 million in tax break and incentives.
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