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LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – Jones County Justice Court Judge Billie Graham has set bond at $10,000 for a man accused of being married to two women. WDAM-TV reports ( Stephanie T. Jackson-Steele filed a complaint Monday against her husband, James Terry Steele. Jackson-Steele provided documentation that she and James Steele were legally married and also brought forth documentation that her husband married another woman last month.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch says it appears the state has an “unbalanced” budget for the year that begins July 1. She says that worries her, and it could worry credit rating agencies, as well. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn say “a staff error” caused legislators to overestimate how much money the state could collect during fiscal 2017, which begins July 1. It is a $56.8 million mistake.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant says he will sign a bill that could shorten the time it takes physicians licensed in other states to get licensed in Mississippi. House Bill 41 would add Mississippi to an interstate agreement to share information and process licenses faster. The Mississippi Medical Association and the Medical Licensing Board support the measure.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials will get more time to improve the performance of the state’s child welfare system under an agreement presented Tuesday to a federal judge. The plaintiffs in the 12-year-old lawsuit over the state’s foster care system agreed not to ask Senior U.S. District Judge Tom Lee to take over the system until October, depending on the results of a July progress report.

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