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Budget work completed, session nearing end

The Mississippi Legislature finished work Tuesday on its $6.1 billion budget when legislation passed both chambers to set parameters on the state’s Medicaid program. With the budget completed, only a few items remain to be finished during the 2018 session, which could end as early as today. The state House was holding final passage of the budget for the Division ...

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Community improvement district supporters rally for legislation

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Supporters of a bill that would have created community improvement districts in cities across Mississippi rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday to urge Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to reconsider the measure. Senate Bill 3045 died in the Senate Finance Committee because it was not called up for a vote. Reeves, who is president of the Senate, ...

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McGee receives conservation award

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation recently recognized Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee as MWF’s 2017 Elected Official Conservationist of the Year for his conservation-minded approach to governance. McGee has overseen the construction of 20 miles of multi-use trails and 4 miles of bike lanes, the passage of one of the first helmet laws in Mississippi, and the title of Bicycle Friendly Community. ...

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Mark Keenum Elected to Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History

Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, pending confirmation by the Mississippi State Senate. Keenum was named the 19th president of Mississippi State University in 2009 after a long career in public service. Keenum succeeds Jack Garner, who retired after 19 years on the ...

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Analysis: Conservatives eye constitution to cut spending

Some Mississippi lawmakers are again seeking constitutional changes to balance the federal budget and limit federal government power. The House last week voted for a resolution calling for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, passing the resolution and sending it on to the Senate on a 76-42 vote. This may sound familiar to Magnolia ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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Beau Rivage charter program keeps growing with 23 percent of airport’s business

By LISA MONTI Keeping things running at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, with its 1,740 hotel rooms, 24-hour casino, 10 restaurants, award-winning golf course and other swanky amenities, is a massive operation. To ensure that the slots are spinning, the dealers stay busy and the hotel rooms are full, the MGM Resorts property has created its own air charter service ...

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Hyde-Smith officially appointed to US Senate seat

The governor of Mississippi appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Cochran, who is 80, is stepping down April 1 because of poor health. Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 nonpartisan special election to ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: New U.S. senators in Mississippi don’t come along often

In my lifetime, Mississippi’s two United States Senate seats have been held by five men – John Stennis, James Eastland, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott and Roger Wicker. During roughly the same time period, there have been 12 presidents, 13 governors of Mississippi, 18 No. 1 hits (a disputed number) by Elvis Presley, 11 head football coaches at Mississippi State University ...

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Two Mississippi Republicans say governor will appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran

Two Mississippi Republicans say governor will appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran. The state’s governor will appoint Mississippi’s first-ever female member of Congress to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a 58-year-old Republican, has ...

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