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Gov. Phil Bryant Appoints Drew L. Snyder Interim Executive Director of Mississippi Division of Medicaid

Gov. Phil Bryant Appoints Drew L. Snyder Interim Executive Director of Mississippi Division of Medicaid Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Drew L. Snyder interim executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. Snyder will replace Dr. David Dzielak, who is retiring. A Eupora native, Snyder is the deputy chief of staff for Bryant. He also serves as his policy director ...

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Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. A private group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday that it will give awards to Lewis, who helped lead the historic 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; and Democratic ...

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Some criticize fast track for education funding revision

Some Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi’s education funding formula. But the Republican chairman of the House Education Committee, Richard Bennett of Long Beach, said the plan could come up for a vote Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee. The bill is supported by House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton. If ...

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Plan would reserve oil spill money for Gulf Coast projects

The Mississippi Senate is working on a plan to reserve oil spill settlement money for use on projects along the Gulf Coast. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday passed Senate Bill 2186 , sending it to the full Senate for a vote later. It would create the Gulf Coast Restoration Reserve Fund. BP is paying Mississippi $750 million over 17 years in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: If only Tupelo’s unifying culture reached statewide

Do you know the “Tupelo Story,” the uplifting chronicle of Tupelo’s self-transformation from “a hardscrabble hamlet” (Aspen Institute) to a prosperous small city and “national model for homegrown development” (William Winter)?   Vaughn Grisham, Jr., built a career around telling the Tupelo Story and was the founding director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at Ole Miss. ...

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‘Mississippi Burnings’ killer Killen dies in prison at 92

Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday. The one-time Klan leader was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter when he died at 9 p.m. Thursday night inside the ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — Dissecting the December 2017 U.S. Supreme Court Travel Ban Order

When Hawaii-based U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson issued his short-lived October 17, 2017 U.S.-wide restraining order of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Proclamation 9645 (sometimes called the “third travel ban”), the lifetime Article III appointee felt compelled to lead with injudicious humor: “Professional athletes mirror the federal government in this respect: they operate within a set of rules, and ...

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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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Governor: Mississippi reality different from critics’ view

Critics are painting a negative picture of Mississippi but the state is enjoying low unemployment and is improving its public education system, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday night in a State of the State speech that offered a few new proposals. “The proverbial critics would have you believe that one is a declining state whose people are suffering mightily,” ...

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Reeves: Senate looking for additional transportation funds

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he anticipates the Senate developing a plan during the 2018 session to provide additional revenue for transportation, but he refused to provide details Monday. “It is important we find additional revenue to spend on roads and bridges,” Reeves, a second-term Republican, said Monday at a luncheon meeting ...

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