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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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Health plans group CEO sees momentum growing for state control of insurance exchange

CLINTON, Mississippi — The CEO of the Mississippi Association of Health Plans says it is likely that state lawmakers will try to shift Mississippi’s health insurance exchange away from federal control to state control within a year. Jeff Drozda, a former United Health Care lobbyist and six-year member of the Indiana Senate, said momentum is growing among Mississippi legislators to ...

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Kay Whittington to head MDEQ Office of Land and Water Resources Resources

JACKSON, Mississippi – Kay Whittington, veteran staff member of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and current chief of  basin management, has been named director of the Office of Land and Water Resources. She is currently chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division Whittington replaces Richard Ingram who retires Oct. 31. MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher ...

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Businessweek: Debt default will bring economic calamity, new depression

Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen, Bloomberg Businessweek predicts. Failure ...

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one of the more troubling findings, ...

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Federal shutdown could erase nearly 1 in 5 Mississippi paychecks

JACKSON, Mississippi – The state’s Gross Domestic Product could sustain a severe blow should the federal government shutdown go on for an extended time. Paychecks earned by federal workers made up 18.1 percent of Mississippi’s GDP in 2012, accordiong to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Magnolia State also has the fourth highest percentage – 22.1 percent – of federal ...

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Mississippi veterans aren't stopped by shutdown, storm WWII memorial

A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress. Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Members of Congress, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, went to the site after receiving panicked ...

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