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Romney jabs Clinton in Mississippi speech

January 28, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy and economic credentials. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will appear at Mississippi State University Wednesday evening. It marks Romney’s third public appearance since he signaled interest in a […]

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Obama abandons plan to roll back tax-free status of 529 college savings plans

January 27, 2015

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After a national backlash that included criticism from Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, President Obama has backed off a plan to tax the popular  529 college savings plans. The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Obama abandoned the tax plan after a mountain of criticism from lawmakers and parents alike. The Post characterized the rollback as […]

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DAVID HAMPTON: What’s the alternative for Mississippi education?

January 26, 2015

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What is the alternative?        State lawmakers may think that will be the question voters will be asking about the language in a proposed constitutional amendment on education funding. But voters may be asking that question in a different manner. Just what is the alternative to adequately funding education?      The Mississippi House and Senate, […]

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Reeves’ bill to kill car inspections heads to full Senate

January 22, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ effort to rid the state of its $5 auto inspection sticker requirement won passage Thursday from the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 2519 next goes to the full Senate. Similar bills died in the Legislature the last two years. The state has had the requirement since 1977, according to the Insurance Journal. Estimates […]

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Only quarter of eligible Mississippians join health insurance exchange so far

January 21, 2015

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With a month of open enrollment left, 81,251 Mississippians have either registered or been automatically renewed for the state’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act. Still, the totals represent just 26 percent of those eligible to enroll, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Last year, Mississippi ranked 33rd in the number of […]

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

January 20, 2015

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A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in […]

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Holder putting stop to cops seizing our belongings without cause

January 16, 2015

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred, the Washington Post reports. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago […]

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U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

January 15, 2015

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WASHINGTON — According to the New York Times, the United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have […]

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Mississippi projects part of nearly $1 billion public-private conservation partnerships

January 14, 2015

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Mississippi, the 49 other states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding for 115 high-impact conservation projects as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In turn, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the […]

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

January 8, 2015

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Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and […]

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