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Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep Medicaid in business once the ...

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Doctor appeals Medicaid, Medicare fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Mississippi doctor convicted of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme will have her appeal heard in July by federal judges in New Orleans. Oral arguments in the appeal by Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas will be heard July 10 by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas was convicted on 10 ...

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C Spire signs contract extension with NBA's Grizzlies

RIDGELAND — The Memphis Grizzlies and C Spire Wireless have entered into a multi-year extension of an agreement involving the NBA Western Conference team and FedExForum. Terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, the Memphis Grizzlies will continue its relationship with C Spire Wireless as the official wireless partner of the professional basketball team and FedExForum and offer ...

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Ex-mayor remembered for easing racial tension dies at 96

MCCOMB — Former McComb Mayor Newton H. James, a white businessman who was among community leaders who worked to end tensions during the civil rights movement in 1960s, has died at the age of 96. Officials with Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home say James died Thursday at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at J. J. ...

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Supervisors to talk about rising costs, dwindling budget

BILOXI — Mississippi supervisors gather on the Gulf Coast next week to talk about roads and bridges, economic development, water resources and other issues. The core issue is money. Counties, just like municipalities, are faced with dwindling tax bases and rising costs. Something has to be done without harm to the taxpayers, says Steve A. Davis, director of governmental affairs ...

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Commission sets fee for public to buy bridge video footage

VICKSBURG — Copies of videos from security cameras on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will cost the public $500 each. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted this week to charge the fee to turn over footage from its security cameras when formally requested. The Vicksburg Post reports a federal lawsuit was filed after a soybean barge ...

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Port City will spend millions on sewer upgrade

GREENVILLE — Greenville Mayor John Cox says the city will undertake a multi-million dollar, five-year program to upgrade the aging sewer system. Cox tells the Delta Democrat Times the city is working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to develop a plan to fix the system. Cox says officials hope to eliminate sewer overflows ...

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Delta mayor sets new record with 10th term in office

ANGUILLA — When Anguilla Mayor Merlin Richardson takes his oath of office July 1, it will be the 10th time and he will be expanding a record no other mayor in Mississippi can touch. Richardson, 81, is the longest continuously serving mayor in the state with 36 years in office, according to the Mississippi Municipal League. His win June 4 ...

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Building materials rebound thanks to residential construction spike

COLUMBUS- Brickyard executive Ed Thebaud hasn’t seen much to signal a rebound in the brick and tile business in Mississippi and other Southeastern states. But he says he is encouraged to see some of the lingering gloom of Mississippi’s construction materials sector erased by new companies ready to set up shop here, expand here or even restart operations shut down ...

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