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Cochran's American Conservative Union rating takes nosedive

Veteran GOP senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache: a scathing appraisal and conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, one of the right’s most influential assessors of Republicans, the Washington Post reports. In its new annual scorecard, which was shared with The Washington Post on Wednesday, the ACU shows Cochran, ...

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Human Rights Campaign joins in call to reject Miss. bill it calls ‘anti-gay’

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone if they felt doing so ...

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WAPT: Jackson special election to be set as early as Thursday

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson City Council is set to meet Thursday and, according to WAPT, could set a date for a special mayoral election. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died late Tuesday afternoon at St. Dominic Hospital of natural causes, the Hinds County coroner said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been released. Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman will serve as acting ...

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Delta State University establishes racial reconciliation conference

Delta State University has established a racial reconciliation conference, entitled “Winning the Race: A Conference on Diversity and Community”. The goal is to promote dialogue on race relations by building conversations that will bring together diverse communities in the Delta. The date of the conference is March 18 and 19 on the Delta State campus in Cleveland. The inaugural “Winning ...

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UPDATED: House subcommittee tosses discrimination elements from religious freedom bill

The Mississippi House of Representatives Civil Subcommittee late Wednesday voted to strike provisions of a so-called “religious freedom” bill that the ACLU and other legal experts said invites widespread discrimination, especially against gay, lesbian and trans-gender people. The action came on Senate Bill 2681, a measure approved 48-0 on Jan. 31 and sent on to the House.  The bill was ...

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No decision yet by Childers on Senate race

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Booneville Democrat, has yet to decide whether he will enter the race for U.S. Senate. “I have not made a decision,” was the only response from the former Prentiss County chancery clerk recently when asked whether he would enter the fray to replace veteran U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The ...

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Neel-Schaffer announces Steve Twedt as vice president

JACKSON — Steve Twedt, PE, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of Neel-Schaffer’s South Mississippi operation. A native of South Mississippi, Twedt joined Neel-Schaffer in 2010 as area manager and works out of the Biloxi office, coordinating work among the Neel-Schaffer offices in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Pascagoula. Prior to joining Neel-Schaffer, Twedt worked ...

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Bryant clears way for conservator of county schools

SCOTT COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation authorizing the Mississippi Board of Education to appoint a conservator for the Scott County School District. The Scott County School District is rated “B” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Last week, the Mississippi Board of Education amended Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard 2.3, allowing the board to appoint a ...

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AMHCA report finds millions with mental illnesses will be uninsured

ALEXANDRIA, Va., — A new study shows that nearly four million people with mental illnesses who are uninsured reside in the 25 states, including Mississippi, that have refused to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the findings of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), many of these individuals have severe mental ...

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Delta Group: Farmers facing late planting due to weather

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Faced with the possibility with a late planting season due to the harsh winter weather, farmers throughout the region are planning their strategy and preparing their equipment to make sure they are ready to go when the weather allows. “Farmers are looking at the winter we’re having and there’s definitely some concern about whether the first plantings ...

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