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Miss. has $1.57 million less for classrooms as money goes to lawmen in schools

  JACKSON, Mississippi – Mississippi’s Legislature is taking $1.57 million out of the state budget to put guns in schools. It’s all part of the state’s plan to place what it says will be 157 “trained” law enforcement officers on campuses with the start of the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing program. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a self-proclaimed fiscal watchdog, proposed spending ...

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Palazzo, Nunnelee held hard line; voted against shutdown resolution

Mississippi Republican Reps. Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee voted against a resolution last night that ended the 16-day partial government shutdown. Republican Rep. Gregg Harper and Democrat Bennie Thompson and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans, voted for the resolution. Palazzo says the resolution did nothing to address health care overhaul and did nothing to reduce spending. ...

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Federal shutdown ends! Workers begin returning to jobs, sites reopen

Barriers went down at National Park Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work across the country today after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. The Office of Personnel Management announced that workers should return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day — today for most workers. Nationwide, hundreds ...

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State’s Medicaid refusal puts 1 of 3 poor Mississippians into Obamacare coverage gap

Nearly one-third of Mississippians poor will fall into the “coverage gap” created by Mississippi and 25 other states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health News reports the study concluded that about 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the coverage ...

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Stocks head for record high as confidence rises in debt default deal

Optimism over a deal to avert a federal debt default lifted U.S. stocks late Wednesday morning to near an S&P 500 record. The jump came as Senate leaders rushed to send a budget deal to the House of Representatives for a vote one day before the nation’s borrowing ability expires. “It appears that risk assets are anticipating a conclusion to ...

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Trent Lott: "… on days like today, I remember why I left"

“I miss it sometimes, but then on days like today, I remember why I left,” former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said Tuesday in Biloxi before his speech at the Southern States Energy Board. Lott took a few minutes before his speech to discuss the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis. Lott, who served 35 years in Congress before ...

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UPDATE: Bryant vows 'not to yield' to Army's plan to close USM's ROTC program

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vowed to fight Obamacare to the bending end. Now he’s got a new federal opponent – the U.S. Army. The Army’s recommendation to close the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Southern Mississippi as part of a consolidation strategy led Bryant to visit the campus Friday to declare: “We will not ...

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Time running out for Obamacare exchange fixes

Autumn coolness may have arrived in Washington D.C. but the heat is on big time for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fix the many, many bugs in the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, Time magazine reports. They have one month. If the officials running the new Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges cannot fix crippling computer ...

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Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment ...

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