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Legislators eyeing Internet gaming launch in New Jersey

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are watching tomorrow’s launch of Internet gambling in New Jersey. House Gaming Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, told the Sun Herald that hearings and discussions on Internet gambling are planned during Mississippi’s 2014 legislative session. However, he predicted no action, saying he’d rather let Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — […] [...]

Cochran to announce whether he will run or not this month

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term in 2014. The Mississippi Republican has been in the Senate since 1978, after serving six years in the House. He turns 76 in December. Cochran spokesman Chris Gallegos told The Associated Press yesterday that […] [...]

Hosemann, McDaniel begin war of words

JACKSON — Records show conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel voted as a Democrat in the 2003 state primary. McDaniel and others question the accuracy of the records and accuse Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a potential opponent, of using state resources for “opposition research” on McDaniel. Hosemann denies this and said McDaniel is […] [...]

Governor to lay out budget recommendations today

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to release his budget recommendations for the coming year. The Republican will hold a news conference this afternoon at the state Capitol to unveil his spending plan for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. Last week, Bryant and legislative leaders set a revenue estimate of nearly $5.4 billion. […] [...]

Bridge dedicated, named for late legislator

CHICKASAW COUNTY — A bridge in Chickasaw County will now be called the Representative William “Billy” E. Bowles Memorial Bridge. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the bridge was dedicated to the late Mississippi lawmaker in a ceremony yesterday in Houston. The bridge is located west of Houston at the intersection of Mississippi Highways 8 and […] [...]

Legislators increase spending estimate; Bryant agrees

JACKSON — Top lawmakers yesterday increased the estimate of how much money Mississippi can spend on state government programs this budget year and next. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted to increase the revenue estimate from just under $5.1 billion to just over $5.2 billion for fiscal 2014, which ends June 30. They […] [...]

Three special elections for House seats set for today

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Special elections are scheduled today to select people to serve the remaining terms in three Mississippi House districts. Polls will open at 7 a.m. today and close at 7 p.m. Only those living in the legislative districts can vote. The elections are being held in House District 110 located entirely in Jackson […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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