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Anyone think this is a joke?





(TIME)-On Feb. 11, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and three aides flew in a luxury jet to Washington for a weekend of politicking, including an appearance on Fox News Sunday and a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Our problem is not that we tax too little,” Barbour told the gathering. “It’s that we spend too much.”

The potential presidential contender may have another problem: Mississippi taxpayers paid the tab for Barbour’s first-class travel. State documents obtained by TIME show that Mississippi shelled out $7,020 to shuttle Barbour and his entourage to and from D.C. on its Cessna Citation, a cost that Barbour says is justified by state work he did in D.C. over the same weekend.


By Bobby Harrison

JACKSON — The Senate passed a bill Friday that would make illegal the chemicals that turn simple bath salts into a hallucinogen.

The legislation was named after slain Tippah County Sheriff’s Deputy DeWayne Crenshaw, who was fatally shot while responding to a call in early December.

The bill, which now goes to the House, was approved unanimously. Under the legislation, chemicals in the fake bath salts would be made Schedule 1 drugs just like heroin or LSD.

The penalty depends on the amount a person possesses, and having small amounts could be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor. The sale of the substance could result in 30 years in prison.

The bill bears Crenshaw’s name because of the circumstances surrounding his death.

Marshall Fisher, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, said Franklin Fitzpatrick, 26, who is accused in Crenshaw’s death, has told law officers he was high on fake bath salts at the time.

Sen. Eric Powell, D-Corinth, who represents part of Tippah County, offered the amendment to name the bill after Crenshaw when he learned the connection.

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