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Analysis: Faces, usually not parties, change in 4-year term

Some faces may change in the Mississippi Legislature during a four-year term, but parties often don’t. The 52 senators and 122 representatives might want to look at their colleagues on inauguration day. Most will still be at the Capitol at the end of the term. Because of resignations or death, some will not. Legislators are approaching the midpoint of the ...

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Children’s advocate to revisit poverty in Mississippi Delta

The founder of a children’s advocacy group returns to Mississippi next week to examine how poverty affects people’s lives, much like Sen. Robert F. Kennedy did 50 years ago. Marian Wright was a civil rights attorney working in Mississippi in 1967 when she recommended that U.S. senators travel to the state to see for themselves the living conditions of some ...

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Months later, no decision on Mississippi online tax plan

Months after Mississippi’s top tax official proposed requiring large online sellers to collect taxes on internet sales, he still hasn’t enacted the rule. Kathy Waterbury, a spokeswoman for Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson, said Wednesday that Frierson is still considering the proposal. Frierson has acknowledged the rule would directly challenge U.S. Supreme Court rulings forbidding states from requiring tax collections by ...

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Coast economy continues to lag behind the state in key metrics

By JUSTIN VICORY The Coast’s economy is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession and the BP Oil Spill, and remains behind the state curve in important economic indicators, including sales tax revenue and median income, a business expert said. In a recent PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Uphill Recovery From the BP Oil Spill,” President of the ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s regular term ended Friday, June 30, 2017, and the nine lifetime Justices began their summer recesses. A vacant seat and a perceived 4-4 ideological split clouded expectations in October when the court term began.  Six months into the session, Justice Gorsuch joined the bench in a televised swearing-in ceremony conducted by swing-vote Justice Kennedy at the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘Shared Services’ still no laughing matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. It came to mind when the Governor made his budget proposal. (No, not our current governor. I wrote this and the ...

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Buckle up, Mississippi: State tightens up its seat belt law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law in Mississippi requires everyone in a car, truck or SUV to buckle up. Starting Saturday, Mississippi is joining the majority of states that require seat belt usefor all people in a vehicle, front seat and back. Violation carries a $25 fine. Previous state law required seat belts for people in the front seat, and ...

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Trump nominates Hurst and Lamar as Mississippi prosecutors

President Donald Trump announced his choices Thursday to become the top federal prosecutors in Mississippi. In the southern half of the state, he selected Mike Hurst, a former assistant U.S. attorney and Republican who lost a 2015 election for Mississippi Attorney General to Democratic incumbent Jim Hood. In the northern half of the state, Trump is tapping William “Chad” Lamar, ...

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Lottery panel visits neighboring states to gather information

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Trips to neighboring states to observe their lottery operations have shed light on the types of decisions that must be made should Mississippi opt to enact a lottery, two Northeast Mississippi legislators recently said. Reps. Mac Huddleston, R-Pontotoc, and Nick Bain, D-Corinth, made trips to Little Rock last week as members of a task ...

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Disabled groups protest proposed Medicaid cuts

Mississippi groups that support people with disabilities are protesting plans to cut Medicaid as part of a proposed federal health care bill. The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities held protests Thursday outside the Jackson offices of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. Members of the coalition say they believe plans to limit future growth in Medicaid ...

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