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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered. There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said. Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. ...

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Mississippi Realtors joining in DC rally to spotlight homeownership policies

Realtors from Mississippi and elsewhere across the country will gather in front of the Washington Monument May 17 to express disappointment and frustration with federal home ownership policies. Dubbed “The Rally to Protect the American Dream,” the idea is to assemble a sea of 10,000 blue-shirted Realtors to push Congress and the White House to begin paying attention to the ...

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American Bankers Association: Compliance costs crushing community banks

The American Bankers Association warned a House financial  services subcommittee Thursday that the cumulative impact of years of added regulations has pushed the nation’s community banks to the tipping point. ABA representatives specially cited dramatically increasing compliance costs – estimated at $50 billion annually — and said they threaten the future of community banks. William B. Grant, chairman and chief ...

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Louisiana, Mississippi largest gainers in CEO business climate survey

Louisiana and Mississippi are on a fast track toward gaining rankings as top places in the nation for doing business, a survey published in CEO Magazine found. While Texas continues to be the top-ranked, Louisiana and Mississippi showed the largest one-year gains in rankings, with the Bayou State climbing from number 27 to 13 and Mississippi rising from 38 to ...

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Workers’ comp reforms headed to governor for signing

Workers’ compensation legislation seen as a victory for business and a setback for workers’ rights passed the Mississippi Legislature Monday. The bill sponsored by Sen. Will Longwitz (R – Madison) is touted as encouraging economic growth, creating safer workplaces and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice. Longwitz said the reforms are designed to return fairness to a system that ...

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Bryant picks retired banker Jerry Wilson as new banking commissioner

Retired banker Jerry Wilson of Columbus has been chosen by Gov. Phil Bryant to become Mississippi’s next banking commissioner. Wilson must be confirmed by the state Senate. He would serve a four-year term beginning July 1 as the head of the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. The department regulates state-chartered banks, thrifts and credit unions, as well as loan ...

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Song by Legendary Mavis Staples takes shots at Tea Party, 'birthers' at MEC annual meeting

Mississippi blues singer Mavis Staples mixed her music and strong political opinions into a song that directed her disappointment at people “who disrespect our president” by saying he’s not from here. Then she talked about people who are mixing up the Kool Aid but it’s coming out tea. Whatever party they’re having, she has not been invited to, the singer ...

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Senate OKs charter schools funded by school district dollars

The Mississippi Senate Wednesday passed legislation to allow public charter schools to operate in the state, though each school opened must receive approval from a newly created independent commission. Under the measure approved by the Senate, local schools districts will have to find the charter schools, though federal and sate dollars the districts receive can go toward paying for the ...

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(UPDATED) PSC requests proposals for Kemper County coal plant

>> SEE UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY MORNING …. JACKSON — State utility regulators have asked Mississippi Power Co. and the Sierra Club to submit proposals on how to proceed with the Kemper County coal-fired power plant. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on March 15 that the Public Service Commission failed to lay out its reasoning clearly when it changed the ...

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Harper against hoodies — Mississippi representative admonishes lawmaker for choice of clothing

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor Wednesday deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he ...

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