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Governor names 5 to new Mississippi Lottery Corp. board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming four businesspeople and a longtime educator to the board that will oversee creation and operation of a Mississippi lottery. Bryant announced his choices Friday. Starting the lottery is expected to take months. Philip Chamblee of Madison directs the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association and the Mississippi Propane Gas Association. Gerard Gibert of Ridgeland ...

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US judge extends hold on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

A federal judge is again extending his temporary block on one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. The Mississippi law bans abortion after 15 weeks. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic sued when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed it March 19. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary restraining order March 20 to keep the state from enforcing ...

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Mississippi governor condemns professor’s political tweet

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is condemning a professor’s Twitter post that encouraged people to disrupt senators’ meals the day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas tweeted Oct. 6 that people should put their fingers in senators’ salads and, “They don’t deserve your civility.” Bryant, a Republican, tweeted in response Thursday: “This ...

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GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith, Democrat Espy each top $1M in 3 months

MIKE ESPY A Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and one of her Democratic challengers both report raising more than $1 million from July through September. Under Monday’s campaign finance reporting deadline, Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she collected just over $1 million during the three months and Democrat Mike Espy said he raised nearly $1.2 million. Espy ...

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US, South African farmers cry fowl over Trump metal tariffs

Which came first, the chicken or the trade war? Well before President Donald Trump began slapping tariffs on steel, aluminum and other imported goods, there was a deal with South Africa that gave U.S. chicken producers duty-free access to a market that had effectively been shut to them for years. But that trade deal, worth tens of millions of dollars ...

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Ex-director utility says he will fight part of audit demand

A former director of a city-owned utility says he will fight the Mississippi auditor’s demand that he repay a severance package. Auditor Shad White says Tuesday that his office is demanding $78,613 from former state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, who worked for Canton Municipal Utilities from 2016 until January 2018. The auditor says severance pay to public officials is illegal. ...

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Gulf coast mayor backs medical marijuana at petition event

A mayor on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast hosted a weekend event to collect signatures for an effort to legalize medical marijuana. WLOX-TV reports that Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson hosted Saturday’s gathering at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to support the petition drive for the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign. For a legalization measure to appear on the November ballot, 86,185 ...

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Analysis: Campaigning like incumbent risky for Hyde-Smith

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Mississippi voters sent Republican Thad Cochran to the U.S. House in 1972 and the U.S. Senate in 1978, and he served on Capitol Hill until frail health prompted him to retire in April of this year. For most of his 40-year political career, Cochran didn’t have to exert himself in campaigns. He faced a tough race in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State job recovery more modest than terrific

BILL CRAWFORD Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before. But, there is more to the story. Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate ...

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Higher tax withholdings point to more jobs filled; Mississippi sectors index shows gains

By TED CARTER The value of an index tracking Mississippi’s key business sectors rose a full 1 percent in August, maintaining an upward trend that began five months ago, state economists said in the October “Mississippi Business Report.” The growth in value tracked in the Mississippi Lead Index, or MLI, occurred in all sectors other than manufacturing, said Corey Miller, ...

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