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Mississippi gets $13M in grants to fix roads damaged in 2016

Mississippi will get $13 million in federal money to repair roads damaged by storms and flooding in 2016. Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced the grants Wednesday. The Federal Highway Administration will give $7.9 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to repair roads, embankments, bridges and drainage structures in 21 counties damaged by March 2016 storms. A second $5.1 ...

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State finally has good month of collections

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for more than a year, spiked in March even as the Legislature was ending the 2017 session by making major budget cuts because of those ongoing revenue woes. Collections for the month of March were $52.4 million or 12.5 percent above the official estimate, according to information ...

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Governor to help dedicate Riley Workforce Center in Meridian

Meridian Community College will hold a public ceremony for the dedication of the Riley Workforce Development Center. The Meridian Star reports (http://bit.ly/2oDGquX ) the ceremony will take place 10 a.m. Friday at the center, which is at the site of an old Wal-Mart building on Highway 19 North. Governor Phil Bryant is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. The 81,000-square-foot facility ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlottesville. The other attorneys generals planning to attend are from Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, ...

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Mississippi LGBT religious objections law argued on appeal

A lesbian couple from Mississippi traveled to Texas and spent their second wedding anniversary watching arguments in a court case that they believe could affect whether they face officially sanctioned discrimination in their home state. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear said she and her wife, Susan Mangum, were married in California in 2015, a few weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex ...

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Mississippi governor proclaims Confederate Heritage Month

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has again proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month. The proclamation does not specifically mention slavery, and is similar to ones previously issued by Republican Bryant. Other Mississippi governors, Democrat and Republican, have made similar proclamations. The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans posted Bryant’s proclamation on its website during the weekend. Bryant spokesman Knox Graham confirmed ...

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Mississippi LGBT law being argued in federal appeals court

A federal appeals court is hearing arguments about a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves halted the law before it could take effect last July 1, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for LGBT people. The 5th U.S. Circuit ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republican leaders turn legislative session into fiasco

Give it a break, guys. The we-can’t-spend-money-we-don’t-have argument is just a little too false-hearted.   The GOP talking point was embellished by House Public Health Committee Chairman Sam Mills:   “What I always tell my children, gentlemen, is that we can’t print money,” Mims said. “Often I look outside in my backyard, and I say, ‘Do you see a money tree?’ And ...

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MDOT taps Smith for post

The Mississippi Department of Transportation  recently named Cindy Smith, P.E., State Research Engineer. She will oversee state and national research efforts, pavement management, data collection, nondestructive testing and MDOT’s research library. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (1995) and began working with MDOT as an Engineer in Training (EIT) in the Planning ...

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