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Confederate-themed flag rises again in 1 Mississippi city

Officials in one Mississippi city have voted to once again fly the Confederate-themed state flag, weeks after the mayor quietly furled it. Pontotoc Mayor Bob Peeples recently told aldermen that he issued an executive order in January to remove the flag from City Hall. He said he did it to take political pressure off aldermen. “I truly love this town. ...

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Senate advances road spending plan based on diverting money

State senators are moving ahead with a plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi’s roads and bridges. The Senate voted 36-14 to advance Senate Bill 3046 , sending it to the House for more debate. The measure would divert an estimated $800 million in future revenue to funds to be controlled by the governor. If all money ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trumponomics may push national debt interest costs higher than Social Security and Medicare

B math and what the Wall Street Journal calls “Trumponomics” are headed for a brutal collision.   Here’s why.   The national debt is $20.6 trillion and rising. With rates low, annual debt interest costs averaged about $250 billion from 2011 through 2016. As the economy improved, interest rates slowly ticked up. But, now they are expected to surge as the ...

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House votes to give tax credit for college graduates

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The House, with no dissenting votes, approved a bill Wednesday to exempt college graduates working in the state from having to pay a state income tax for three years. The bill, authored by Rep. Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, is being touted as an effort to address what some believe is “a brain drain” of young ...

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Legislation would consolidate administrative functions of agencies

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – The “back shop,” or administrative functions, for about 20 small state agencies will be centralized under legislation that passed the Senate and is pending in the House. The legislation, authored by Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke, R-Hollandale, would create the Office of Shared Services within the Department of Finance and Adminstration to ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Flags — what do they mean?

With the Winter Olympics in full swing most of us are seeing a lot a flags. Some are really beautiful, and some are really ugly. So what makes a great flag? The answer to that question can be found in a great little booklet compiled by Ted Kaye and published by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA). Here are the ...

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USM Professor Appointed to Mississippi District Export Council

Dr. John Lambert, associate professor of International Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been appointed to the Mississippi District Export Council by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Selection is based upon energetic leadership, position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export developments, and willingness and ability to devote time to council activities. ...

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Analysis: Some governments revolt against purchasing law

Here’s a dark-horse candidate for the most unpopular law passed by last year’s Mississippi Legislature: House Bill 1106 . It’s a measure few outside of government have ever heard of, but the requirement to change how state agencies and local governments buy things is infamous among county supervisors and others. Cities, counties and others have long taken sealed bids purchases of supplies, ...

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District Names Chief for Finance and Accounting Branch

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently selected Amber Huell as Chief of its Finance and Accounting Branch of the Resource Management Office. Huell will be staff advisor to the resource management officer, the Deputy Commander, and operating officials on fiscal matters pertaining to the District. She will lead and advise a staff of eight accountants who provide ...

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Mississippi lawmaker displays unloaded gun during debate

A Mississippi lawmaker says he was trying to make a point about the hypocrisy of gun laws when he held up an unloaded pistol during a debate. Democratic Rep. Charles Young of Meridian held the gun over his head Thursday on the House floor. He says he was questioning a rule of the Mississippi House and Senate, which says only ...

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