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Bassfield's former mayor, fire chief, 2 other former town workers jailed

JACKSON, Mississippi — The former mayor, ex fire chief and two other former employees of tiny Bassfield – population 254 – landed in jail Friday on embezzlement charges. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said the arrests resulted from an investigation into the conversion of surplus property into personal use. Taken into custody after indictments charging embezzlement and conspiracy to commit embezzlement ...

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State's education cuts some of the deepest in the nation

By Bobby Harrison for the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi had the 10th deepest cuts nationally in education spending since the recession hit in 2008, according to a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. According to the study released last week, Mississippi is spending $648 less per pupil, adjusted for inflation, for the current fiscal year ...

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Miss. lawmakers hear about BlueCross-HMA dispute

Emily Wagster Pettus JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they hope the state’s second-largest hospital company and largest health insurer will resolve a financial dispute before patients lose care or facilities close. Health Management Associates, a Florida-based company that owns 10 Mississippi hospitals, sued Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi in June, saying that the insurance company broke contract terms ...

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New online filing system at Mississippi DOR set for those that file Sales and Use Taxes

Beginning Oct. 7, businesses that file Sales and Use Taxes in Mississippi will use the Department of Revenue’s new online filing system accessed through the Taxpayer Access Point (TAP.) Those taxpayers that file Withholding Tax or Corporate Tax already use this system. With the October 7 implementation, most taxes administered by the DOR are included in the system allowing taxpayers ...

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Mayor: 13 dead, including gunman, at Navy Yard

WASHINGTON  — The D.C. mayor says 13 people have died in the shooting rampage, including the gunman. Mayor Vincent Gray said at a news conference Monday afternoon that the shooter was among the dead. Officials say the gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. Earlier in the day, authorities had been looking for two other people who may have ...

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Can new AD McGillis turn things around at USM?

The University of Southern Mississippi football team suffered yet another humbling defeat last weekend when they met the University of Arkansas, falling 24-3. The Golden Eagles have a serious “0-fer” going after losing every game last year and the first three games this year. They have been outscored 102-31 so far in 2013. Dreadful. The mounting losses have been hard ...

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West Nile virus cases hit 30; LaCrosse encephalitis confirmed

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2013. The reported cases are in Hinds, Jones, and Madison counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 30 cases, including one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Forrest (3), Hinds (10), Jones ...

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Commission approves measure banning guns from parks, centers

OXFORD — The Oxford Park Commission has voted to put up signs indicating that guns are not allowed at Oxford’s parks and activity centers. Deputy director Bubba Robinson told the commission that guns have dropped out of bags in the Oxford Activity Center in the past. Robinson said he believes it’s time for the commission to restrict firearms from city ...

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Legislators to conduct public hearings on FY2015 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start setting priorities for the next state budget. Fiscal year 2015 begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear today through Thursday before the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They’ll request money for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. The hearings are being held on the first floor ...

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Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in an email. Across the city, ...

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