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Gov. Bryant Presents Excellence In Government Awards

Gov. Phil Bryant (second from left) recently honored Samantha Atkinson (center) and Dr. Raj Shaunak with the 2017 Excellence in Government Awards which are designed to encourage the development of innovative systems of public administration. The awards program was established by the Mississippi State Personnel Board at the direction of the Legislature in 2012. Atkinson, director of the performance audit ...

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Jackson-area students complete summer internships with Cocharn

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended four Jackson-area students who completed eight-week summer internships in his Washington office and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Carley Causey of Jackson worked with Cochran’s administrative staff this summer, in addition to working on constituent services. Causey, a Jackson Preparatory School graduate, is a senior business law major at the University of Mississippi. She ...

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Most Mississippi government travel money is spent in-state

Mississippi government agencies are spending most of their travel money in-state rather than out-of-state. A legislative watchdog released a report Wednesday about travel spending during the budget years that ended in June 2015 and 2016. About 81 percent of agencies’ travel money was spent inside Mississippi each of those two years, and just under 19 percent was spent in other states. International ...

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Senate panel to again study transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – The Senate Transportation Committee has two days of hearings scheduled for Thursday and Friday for members to again hear about the poor condition of the state’s transportation system. The final segment of the hearings, called by Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, will be a discussion of possible solutions. Thus far, finding ...

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Historians: Confederate emblem ‘symbol of racial terror’

Historians in Mississippi say the Confederate battle emblem is a “symbol of racial terror” that needs to be stripped from the state flag. Thirty-four professors released a statement this week saying they expect questions from students about the recent white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where some participants carried the rebel flag. Mississippi has the last state flag with the ...

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Medicaid managed care contracts pending review by state board

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid, at the behest of Gov. Phil Bryant, is asking the Personal Service Contract Review Board to review the managed care contracts it awarded earlier this summer. A coalition of Mississippi hospitals, which formed its own managed care company and tried unsuccessfully to win a contract with the Division of ...

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State leaders say they have not forgotten MAEP rewrite effort

By BOBBY HARISON / Daily Journal Efforts to rewrite the landmark Mississippi Adequate Education school funding formula might no longer be at the forefront, but those efforts are not forgotten, according to two key elected officials. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said there will be renewed efforts to rewrite the funding formula in the coming ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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Analysis: State symbols don’t have to go on the ballot

Defenders of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag have a ready-made argument that was handed to them nearly a generation ago by lawmakers who didn’t want to deal with the politically volatile issue of redesigning the banner. It goes like this: The people of Mississippi voted to keep the flag in a statewide election in 2001, and politicians ...

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IHL officials hope to get building projects on track

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – Higher education officials are hoping that during the 2018 session, legislators resume the practice of awarding them bonds to finance long-term construction projects. On Thursday, the 12-member Board of Trustees of the state Institutions of Higher Learning (commonly referred to as the College Board) voted to make a request for the upcoming ...

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