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Medicaid director wants expansion into managed-care program

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid director wants to expand a managed-care program that he says has helped save the state about $40 million. David Dzielak said 22 percent of Medicaid recipients are in managed care, in which a company is paid a set fee to provide medical services, regardless of the services’ actual cost. Dzielak said […] [...]

Personnel Board exec: State workers growing old

JACKSON — One-third of Mississippi state government’s workforce will be eligible for retirement in the next five years. Deanne Mosley, executive director of the state Personnel Board, said the employees nearing retirement age are many of the state’s leaders and supervisors. “They have an incredible amount of institutional knowledge,” Mosley told legislative leaders recently. One […] [...]

Cochran prepared to get final farm bill completed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, says he is ready to engage in negotiations to finalize a new, five-year farm bill. Cochran says he welcomed a vote in the House of Representatives last Friday authorizing a conference committee with the Senate to reconcile […] [...]

Senators want ‘immediate relief’ from flood insurance

WASHINGTON — Twenty-four U.S. senators, including both from Mississippi and both from Louisiana, have signed a letter saying they want “immediate relief” for people facing steep rate increases for coverage in the National Flood Insurance Program. The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The rate hikes were […] [...]

Five candidates qualify to run for Flaggs’ old House seat

WARREN COUNTY  — Five people have qualified to run in a special election to succeed Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The election is Nov. 5. A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 26. The Vicksburg Post reports that the candidates are Marie Thompson, Oscar Denton, Andrew W. Harrell, Joseph […] [...]

Senate president pro tempore Brown has lung cancer; getting chemo

COLUMBUS — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown told WCBI-TV yesterday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to him about surgery. The diagnosis came last week, and Brown says he expects to have four […] [...]

State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer

UPDATED …   State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown tells WCBI-TV (http://bit.ly/17gtc75 ) on Wednesday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to […] [...]

Special House election has crowded field

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Seven people have filed qualifying papers to run for the Mississippi House District 5 post left vacant earlier this year when incumbent Kelvin Buck was elected mayor of Holly Springs. The special election is set for Nov. 5. A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 26. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports […] [...]

Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being […] [...]

Lawmakers pass bill transferring Trace land to city, state

WASHINGTON — Congress has approved legislation authorizing the transfer of surplus land within the Natchez Trace Parkway to the City of Natchez for public recreation purposes. The House of Representatives voted 419-1 to approve the Natchez Trace Parkway Conveyance Act of 2013 (S.304), legislation introduced by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and cosponsored by Sen. Roger […] [...]

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