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BILL CRAWFORD: Early intervention with disadvantaged children has high ROI

Gov. Phil Bryant kicked off a recent seminar at the Civil Rights Museum auditorium featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James Heckman. An expert in the economics of human development, Dr. Heckman spoke on “Making the Case for Investing in High Quality Early Childhood Education in Mississippi.” The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of ...

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Push for equal pay for women comes back to life in House

Mississippi lawmakers are resurrecting a push for a state law mandating equal pay for equal work by women and men, but the outcome remains uncertain. Rep. Alyce Clarke, a Jackson Democrat, successfully amended House Bill 1241 Friday morning to insert an equal pay requirement. The original bill seeks to prohibit cities and counties from imposing certain employment regulations on private ...

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Mississippi House approves carrying booze, distillery sales

Mississippians are getting closer to being able to buy alcohol at distilleries and carry alcohol through dry counties without fear of arrest. House members on Wednesday approved the measures, sending them to the Senate for more debate. House Bill 192 says people could carry alcohol, wine and beer through dry areas on a state or federal highway if containers are unopened. ...

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Amazon wades into health care, with JPMorgan and Berkshire

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffett, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in ...

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Drugmaker to pay Mississippi $33 million in pricing lawsuit

Attorney General Jim Hood says a drugmaker will pay Mississippi $33.4 million in a lawsuit over drug pricing. Watson Pharmaceuticals, now part of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, will make the payment after the state Supreme Court upheld a verdict. Lawyers hired by Hood sued Watson in one of a series of suits claiming drugmakers wrongly inflated prices paid by the state-federal ...

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Top Dem in Mississippi House considers run for US Senate

The Democratic leader in the Mississippi state House said Monday that he is considering running for U.S. Senate this year. Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis spoke at a forum in Jackson attended by reporters, lobbyists and others interested in government. In a speech geared toward a statewide audience, Baria said Mississippi is experiencing a “brain drain” because leaders ...

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Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation

A clash of ideology was on display last week in the Mississippi Legislature. On one side were free-market conservatives who want to overturn the state’s longtime system of limiting new medical facilities and services. On the other side are defenders of the current system who fear that changes could harm financially fragile parts of the state’s current health care system. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Cuts put Mississippi health care infrastructure at risk

Our politicians these days seem to look only at the costs of health care when making policy decisions. Thus, it is no surprise legislative leaders are proposing to cut already low Medicaid reimbursements by 5% while Congressional leaders look to slash health care spending wherever they can.   People with health crises have a different view. During this flu epidemic, ...

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Mississippi lawmakers mull more prison time for gang members

Long prison terms for gang members would be imposed under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Judiciary B Committee voted Friday to send House Bill 541 forward to the full House for more debate. The measure would require that any gang member convicted of any crime committed, even a misdemeanor, spend an additional five years in ...

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PEE BILL — Mississippi would combat fake urine with ‘Urine Trouble’ law

Shoppers can now buy fake urine to defeat drug tests, but Mississippi lawmakers are fighting back with what they call the “Urine Trouble” bill. Republican Rep. Andy Gipson said synthetic human urine products are being sold in truck stops. During a meeting of a state House committee Thursday, Gipson held up what he said was an $18.99 vial of liquid ...

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