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BILL CRAWFORD: Monopolistic practices push drug prices higher

“The high cost of prescriptions are leading many people to ration medicine or skip it altogether,” reads a story in the Clarion-Ledger. An earlier story told about an 87-year-old WWII veteran with Type 2 diabetes. His glucose test strips suddenly jumped up from $25 to $90 a box. “That’s too high,” he said. “And I don’t understand how they can ...

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Bryant wants appeal of ruling on abortion ban

Gov. Phil Bryant is signaling that he wants to appeal a ruling striking down an abortion law that would have been one of the most restrictive in the country.The measure sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks.U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that the measure violated women’s constitutional rights and U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Spokesman Knox Graham told ...

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THE DEBATE — Public hangings, African despots, pre-existing conditions and ducking the media

By Larrison Campbell and Bobby Harrison / Mississippi Today On Tuesday night, after just under 10 minutes of questions, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy thanked a crowd of reporters and walked away from the podium. The two dozen members of local and national media then waited for Espy’s opponent in the U.S. Senate race, interim Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had ...

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US judge: Mississippi 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, one of the most restrictive in the United States. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the law “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights. “The record is clear: States may not ban abortions prior to viability,” Reeves said, citing Supreme Court rulings. The only ...

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Walmart wants its money back from Hyde-Smith

Walmart is asking U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith to return a recent campaign contribution because of comments by the Mississippi Republican that dredged up strong emotions about the state’s history of racial violence. Hyde-Smith’s campaign did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether it would refund the $2,000 contribution from the nation’s largest retailer. The rebuke from ...

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Only debate set for Mississippi’s hard-fought US Senate race

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, meet for their only debate Tuesday night in a contest where the incumbent’s verbal gaffes have dredged up strong emotions about Mississippi’s history of racial violence. Senate races rarely gain national attention in this deeply conservative state. But this matchup — the last major race of 2018 midterms — ...

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Former health department manager indicted for skimming cash

A former county health department worker in northeast Mississippi has been indicted for skimming cash paid by patients. Phyllis Welch of Columbus was arrested Wednesday and jailed in Lowndes County on a felony embezzlement charge. She’s pleading not guilty, with a trial set for February. State Auditor Shad White says the 55-year-old Welch stole $1,967 in patient payments from May ...

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Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds

Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won’t get state or federal funding to help repair related damages. WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won’t receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies. Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis says the damage isn’t considered a ...

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Finance chief named interim chancellor at Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi administrator who’s now in charge of finance and administration will be the school’s interim chancellor after Jeffrey Vitter resigns. The state College Board on Thursday in closed session named Larry Sparks to lead the university until a permanent chancellor is named. Vitter announced last week he would step down and return to teaching effective Jan. 4. ...

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Hyde-Smith spoke of ‘difficult’ voting for liberals in video

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote. A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social media days after another video showed Hyde-Smith praising someone at a ...

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