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Miss. lawmakers face long agenda in 2014 session

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers start the Legislature's three-month session on Tuesday with a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.

Katisha Ray, a 27-year-old Clarksdale resident, says she wants them to consider creating college scholarships for needy people.

Her boss at a Clarksdale clothing store, Richie Shingrani (shing-RAH'-nee), says he wants legislators to increase the pay for elementary and secondary teachers.

Top lawmakers are discussing teacher pay raises, so that might gain momentum. There has been less talk about need-based scholarships for college students.

This is the third year of a four-year term. Legislators could discuss increasing the gasoline tax to pay for highway maintenance or expanding Medicaid, though neither issue appears to have enough votes to pass.

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