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Analysis: Road money session waits on lieutenant governor

JEFF AMY A special session to seek more money for Mississippi’s roads and bridges could be drawing near. But nothing is likely to happen without Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ agreement, and many observers aren’t sure what he wants. Gov. Phil Bryant has been facilitating talks among himself and fellow Republicans Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, seeking an agreement. “Any ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP leaders call Democrats dangerous enemy

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the stage in Neshoba County Fair speeches. Gunn focused his speech on stern warnings about Democrats, according to a Y’all Politics report. Reeves claimed he had been “under attack from Democrats and their liberal allies in the media,” reported ...

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Mississippi officials seek return of Medicaid overpayments

Mississippi officials are trying to get two insurance companies that manage care for patients to repay Medicaid funds. State Auditor Shad White says most of the $616,000 in overpayments from 2014 to 2017 were connected to money paid after people died or moved into long-term care. Division of Medicaid spokesman Matt Westerfield says UnitedHealthcare still owes nearly $196,000 and Magnolia ...

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Jackson residents strongly approve $65M in school borrowing

Residents in Mississippi’s capital city are overwhelmingly approving a $65 million bond referendum that supporters say will provide funds to make repairs to the Jackson school district’s aging facilities. More than 85 percent of voters on Tuesday favored the borrowing, easily clearing the 60 percent threshold required in bond votes. Voters reauthorized 5 mills in property taxes for additional capital ...

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Deep in debt, Mississippi city considers selling city parks

A Mississippi city trying to dig out of a deep budget gap is considering selling some of its parks for residential or commercial development instead. Pascagoula’s city staff is researching the idea to help close a $14 million budget shortfall. The Sun Herald reports that’s one of several ideas up for debate, along with raising taxes, cutting services or raising ...

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Report: Mississippi city broke law in closed garbage talks

A hearing officer says a southwest Mississippi city government violated the state’s open meetings law in reviewing potential garbage collection contracts behind closed doors. The finding against the Natchez mayor and aldermen was released Friday. The board could face a $500 fine for the violation, but lawyer Leonard Van Slyke tells The Natchez Democrat that such fines are rare on first offense. ...

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Analysis: 1 woman’s prayer could shape Mississippi politics

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Amid the red dirt and hubbub of the Neshoba County Fair last week, Debbie Hood sat on a wooden bench and quietly contemplated a reporter’s question: Is she ready for her husband to run for Mississippi governor next year? She is the wife of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who’s in his fourth term as the state’s ...

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Deputy commander for Corps’ Vicksburg District retires

The deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, Lt. Col. Aaron W. Wolf, is retiring from his military career. A native of Poynette, Wis., Wolf was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in September 1994, out of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He has was the deputy district commander and engineer with the Corps ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Perhaps we don’t care what the truth is?

Do Americans want to be deceived?    In 2012 Marquette University ethics professor emeritus Dr. Daniel McGuire penned an amazingly contemporary piece entitled “The Loneliness of the Truth Teller” for the Huffington Post.   He wrote there is a “striking conviction of the Jewish and Christian biblical writers that people perversely seem to want to be deceived. The third century ...

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