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Medical building named for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is naming a building for Gov. Phil Bryant. College Board trustees approved the plan Thursday morning. Bearing Bryant’s name will be the university’s recently opened medical school building in Jackson. The five-story, $74 million structure was officially opened in August, giving the university room to expand the number of physicians it trains. The Republican ...

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Analysis: Mississippi budget practices receive mixed grades

A nonpartisan group that evaluates state government budget practices is giving mostly midlevel marks to Mississippi. The Volcker Alliance was formed four years ago by Paul A. Volcker, a former board chairman of the Federal Reserve, with the goal of making government more efficient. The alliance issued a report Nov. 2 called “Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting,” which evaluates all states’ ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reeves’ fiscal plan risky for teachers and retirees

State economist Darrin Webb projects state general fund revenues will fall for the third consecutive year. That’s unusual. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, declines of just two years in a row “have only occurred four previous times since 1970.” Jeff Amy with the Associated Press in an excellent analysis of the Mississippi’s economy said, “State spending this year ...

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Giachelli Named Mississippi Forestry Commission Fire Chief

Randy Giachelli was recently named new Fire Chief for the Mississippi Forestry Commission. Giachelli began his career with the agency as a Forestry Technician before moving to Assistant Regional Forester, Region 3. Giachelli has served on multiple federal detail deployments as a single-resource. Some of his job titles on federal detail have included Crew Boss, Heavy Equipment Boss, Engine Boss, ...

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Another Mississippi city furls Confederate-themed state flag

Another Mississippi city will stop flying the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist. Aldermen in Cleveland voted 3-2 Tuesday to remove the flag from display at City Hall, the police department and other municipal property. Two aldermen were absent. Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894 and it has the last ...

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Mississippi Medicaid looking at work requirement

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid wants permission from the federal government to impose a requirement that a small percentage of recipients work or are in work force training programs. Medicaid officials have scheduled two public hearings later this month in Jackson to garner public input on the proposal. Collecting public input on the proposal ...

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Vicksburg mayor considering 2019 run for Mississippi lt. gov

A Democratic mayor says he is considering running for Mississippi lieutenant governor, and he might cross party lines. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Tuesday that he will decide in the next six months whether to seek the state’s second-highest office in 2019. Flaggs told The Associated Press that he has not ruled out running as a Republican. He served ...

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Analysis: There’s no hiding Mississippi’s economic weakness

Let’s make this simple — Mississippi’s economy is weak and shows few signs of growing stronger. This is a state where total economic output in 2016 still was lower than in 2008, before the recession. Not coincidentally, it’s a state where employers had fewer workers on their payrolls in September 2017 than in February 2008. And that 2008 peak came ...

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District Names Chief for Resource Management Office

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently selected Cynthia Lee as chief of its Resource Management Office. Lee will develop and administer finance and accounting, budget, manpower, and management analysis activities designed to meet organization needs. Her responsibilities include leading a staff of 16 government employees who provide resource management services to the Vicksburg District totaling over 1,000 ...

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Mississippi moves to tax internet sales, after long delay

Mississippi will start requiring some large online and mail-order retailers to collect taxes on sales made from outside the state beginning Dec. 1, even though the move could be unenforceable and trigger an immediate court challenge. The state Revenue Department filed notice Wednesday that it was enacting the rule, more than 10 months after proposing it. It’s part of a nationwide effort ...

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