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Cases of mosquito-borne illnesses continue to rise

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fifth human case reported in a Mississippi. The four cases previously […] [...]

Former Gov. Musgrove pushing lawsuit to school districts

JACKSON — A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for a lawsuit against the state seeking repayment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K-12 school formula in recent years. Backers of a separate effort to write a full-funding […] [...]

Explosion at Coast fish plant leaves one dead, three injured

MOSS POINT — One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion today at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks. “One tank exploded and we have one fatality […] [...]

State GOP chairman calls on McDaniel to hurry with challenge

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef says Chris McDaniel should hurry up and challenge the June 24 runoff results if McDaniel intends to do so. “Since some have said they believe this election was stolen, every day that goes by without either a challenge or concession is bad for everyone involved, no matter […] [...]

McCarthy hired as CFO of Mississippi Development Authority

JACKSON — Mississippi’s lead economic development agency has hired a new chief financial officer. The Mississippi Development Authority said Jay McCarthy will begin work on Aug. 1. McCarthy comes to his new post with nearly 30 years of experience in finance, banking and economic development. McCarthy is returning to the agency after serving for five […] [...]

Supreme Court deals blow to McDaniel’s election challenge

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said yesterday that it won’t reconsider its ruling that voters’ birthdates must be redacted before poll books are opened for public inspection. State Sen. Chris McDaniel had asked the nine justices to hold a hearing and reconsider the ruling they issued last week. Yesterday, the court said no. Two […] [...]

Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this […] [...]

Bryant protests immigrant children being housed in state

JACKSON — Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data yesterday […] [...]

Indictments filed for alleged National Guard recruiting scandal

HATTIESBURG — Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in cases alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting new soldiers. Three separate indictments were filed Tuesday in federal court in Hattiesburg alleging soldiers improperly collected a total of $22,500 and that the illegal acts took […] [...]

Tupelo City Council approves $500K for airport taxiway

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project last fall was estimated to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the […] [...]

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