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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a Mississippi blogger is out of prison after serving several months for sneaking into a nursing home to shoot unauthorized video of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during a contentious 2014 campaign. The state Department of Corrections said on Tuesday that Clayton Kelly was paroled March 17.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A legal veil of secrecy could drop over much of the execution process in Mississippi under a bill agreed on by House and Senate negotiators. Both bodies passed Senate Bill 2237 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto. The measure says names of prison employees at an execution and in-state providers of lethal drugs must remain secret.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – House Bill 1116 is back in a joint House-Senate committee’s hands. It would hire an outside company to build computerized records, require officials to audit recipients and limit Mississippi’s food stamp and welfare programs to the minimum required by federal law. Recipients who don’t respond to auditors or don’t meet requirements would lose their aid.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A Long Beach massage therapist has been sentenced to prison after he was convicted of secretly filming a woman two years ago. The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Matthew Edward Pierce received a five-year prison term at his sentencing on Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court. A judge suspended three of those years, leaving Pierce with two to serve. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

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