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AG: State’s leadership not focused on people

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act, ...

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Hood: Legislative leadership too focused on social issues, tax cuts

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday that the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated that he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and ...

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Shumpert attorney files federal suit against Tupelo

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By WILLIAM MOORE / Daily Journal TUPELO – A lawsuit was officially filed in federal court Thursday alleging wrongful death and constitutional violations in the June 18 shooting of a local man by a Tupelo Police Department officer after a foot chase. Grenada attorney Carlos Moore filed the civil lawsuit Thursday afternoon in Aberdeen on behalf of Peggy Shumpert, the widow ...

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House gives Bryant authority to use reserves

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Democrats and Republicans had differing goals Wednesday – the second day of a special session where ultimately legislators agreed to give Gov. Phil Bryant additional authority to tap into state reserves to plug budget holes. House Democrats also sought to deal with anticipated problems facing the budget for the next fiscal year. House Republicans ...

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Holland says he plans to file retirement papers this week

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Long-time state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, announced from the House floor Wednesday that he would file retirement papers by 5 p.m. Thursday. The announcement, made during special session debate on giving the governor additional authority to fill budget holes during the final days of the current fiscal year, was a bombshell. At the end of ...

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International trade program connects Extension to China

Mississippi State University plant and soil sciences associate professor Guihong Bi, right, shows tomatoes being grown at a Shandong Shouguang Vegetable Industry Group greenhouse to MSU Extension agents, from left, Emily Carter, Lanette Crocker and Lisa Stewart on June 20, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Nathan Gregory)

BEIJING, China — Expanding Mississippi agriculture requires getting to know potential markets, and a group of Mississippi State University Extension agents is seeing one of the largest in the world firsthand. A tour of Shanghai, Beijing and the Shandong Province is the last in a three-step international trade training program. In November, agents learned the basic principles of international trade. ...

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Session to plug budget holes will require second day

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Efforts to give Gov. Phil Bryant unlimited authority during the final three days of the current fiscal year to plug budget holes will require more than a one-day special session. House Democrats blocked efforts Tuesday, during the opening day of the special session, to take up a bill that would allow Bryant to transfer as ...

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Gov. Bryant issues call for special legislative session

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant is hoping legislators quickly resolve the budget issues the state is facing in balancing the budget for the current fiscal year in a special session he has called for Tuesday morning. Bryant announced the special session – to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday – in a news release early Monday morning. ...

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Strong June tax collections needed to balance budget

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the state must collect between $725 million and $750 million of revenue during the month of June to balance the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Records with the Department of Revenue reveal the state has never collected that amount of money in June. In ...

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Gunn gets vote on confederate flag as church messenger

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who surprisingly broke with the majority of the state’s Republican leadership last summer when he endorsed changing the Mississippi flag, got to vote on the issue recently. Gunn was a “messenger” for his church, Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, to the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this month. At the ...

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