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State leaders say they have not forgotten MAEP rewrite effort

By BOBBY HARISON / Daily Journal Efforts to rewrite the landmark Mississippi Adequate Education school funding formula might no longer be at the forefront, but those efforts are not forgotten, according to two key elected officials. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said there will be renewed efforts to rewrite the funding formula in the coming ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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IHL officials hope to get building projects on track

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – Higher education officials are hoping that during the 2018 session, legislators resume the practice of awarding them bonds to finance long-term construction projects. On Thursday, the 12-member Board of Trustees of the state Institutions of Higher Learning (commonly referred to as the College Board) voted to make a request for the upcoming ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Do governor’s appointees not give a squat about his standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender’s terrific column “Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website” in the Clarion-Ledger?  If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.   Pender pointed to non-transparent disclosures on the transparency site by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, then said, “Apparently, they don’t feel like telling the public squat about their travel. ...

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Tammy Wynette restaurant opens to big crowds, long waits

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times TREMONT – The restaurant that will fund Tremont’s memorial to the “First Lady of Country Music” has opened its doors. The Tammy Wynette Legacy Park Restaurant, located inside the park’s main building, held a soft opening this past weekend. Turnout was larger than expected, and the small staff faced large crowds and a few ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Google

This week, Ford Williams adds to the hoopla surrounding Google’s abrupt termination of the Harvard PhD engineer who dared to question the company’s diversity policies and postulated the “male –female disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences.” Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its second year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world ...

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DAVID HAMPTON — 50 years after Delta tour, we still struggle to face the challenges

Given the facts and the right information, people will do the right thing. I have often said this in speaking to students about the importance of good journalism — reporting that examines and analyzes and helps people reach logical and helpful solutions to the problems we all face. Yes, we differ, we debate, we filter things through our political leanings, ...

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Two Mississippians offering ways to help those in bank deserts

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT More than 15 percent percent of Mississippians do not have a bank account. Close to a quarter of Mississippians are under-banked, meaning they have limited access to retail banks and credit unions, instead preferring to cash paychecks immediately with a nontraditional financial service. With these statistics biennially reported by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, banking branches and Mississippians ...

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DAVID BARIA: Time to remove Confederate battle flag from all official symbols of Mississippi

The events in Charlottesville evade simple description. The tragic loss of life and violent imagery are now part of our collective consciousness and already compare as one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.   For many of us who were not adults during segregation, these images seem ripped from a time we hoped was in the past. Sadly, ...

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