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Former epidemiologist named new Mississippi health officer

The Mississippi State Department of Health has a new leader. The department says in a news release Thursday that the Board of Health is naming Dr. Thomas Dobbs as the state health officer. It’s a job he has held on an interim basis since Dr. Mary Currier retired Oct. 31. She had been the health officer for almost nine years. ...

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Alloy ingredient firm sets $10M Mississippi plant, hiring 25

A maker of steel and aluminum alloy ingredients is opening a plant in northeast Mississippi. Traxys Cometals Processing announced Thursday that it’s investing $10 million and will hire 25 workers. The plant will be completed this month at Yellow Creek Port on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway near Burnsville. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says Yellow Creek is borrowing state ...

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Ole Miss seeks to expand beer sales at non-athletic events

The University of Mississippi is seeking state approval to sell beer at more locations on its Oxford campus. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last week approved an application by the university for resort status for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Pavilion arena and adjoining outdoor areas. The Oxford Eagle reports a university lawyer told county supervisors that Ole Miss plans to ...

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GOP rep set to enter 2019 race for Mississippi governor

A first-term Republican state lawmaker is set to start his 2019 campaign for Mississippi governor, although he says he hasn’t started raising money. Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando is making an announcement Tuesday evening in DeSoto County. Foster told The Associated Press on Monday that he feels a “calling” to run for governor, and it’s “not based on the promises ...

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Dem Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019. Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday. Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House. During Brown’s tenure, the commission has wrestled with the resolution of Mississippi Power Co.’s ...

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Analysis: In Jackson schools report, tough recommendations

Inside a layer of ego-protecting bubble wrap about eager students, a caring staff and a supportive community in the recent report on Jackson’s public school system, there are a handful of rock-hard recommendations. Now, the key questions are whether new superintendent Errick Greene will adopt them and accomplish them. The report by consultants Insight Education Group is in some ways ...

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Analysis: Espy had strong showing for Dem in Mississippi

Mike Espy lost a hard-fought U.S. Senate contest in Mississippi but had the strongest showing of any Democrat seeking that office the past 30 years in a state where Republicans have steadily increased their power. Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, received 46.2 percent of the vote, and Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had been serving in the ...

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Company closing second casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County

Caesars Entertainment will close a second casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County, as the region’s years-long decline in gambling revenues continues to weigh on business. The Las Vegas-based casino behemoth announced Tuesday that it will close the Tunica Roadhouse Casino at the end of January, citing “persistent declines in business levels in the area stemming from increased competition.” The move will ...

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Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith on Tuesday defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who was trying to become the state’s first African-American senator ...

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Officials: Columbus operated at $881K deficit on ‘bogus budget’

Columbus city officials say they were surprised to learn the city operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit over the last fiscal year. The Commercial Dispatch reports City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle presented the news to the city council last week. Rawle says decreased sales and property tax collections hurt revenue, while excess overtime for public safety departments increased spending.Rawle ...

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