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Senator raises more than challengers in Mississippi race

An appointed U.S. senator in Mississippi is raising more money so far than her challengers in a special election, backed by contributions from colleagues including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Campaign finance reports show Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith collected nearly $1.6 million through the end of June. That compares to $308,236 raised by Democrat Mike Espy and $272,263 raised by Republican Chris McDaniel . ...

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Analysis: Gambling not a clear-cut state budget booster

Will Mississippi take a chance on a lottery? It’s a big question lawmakers could answer if Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls them into special session in the next few weeks. Officials are looking for ways to generate about $200 million a year to pay for improvements to highways and bridges. Bryant says he will call a session sometime in August ...

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#justsayin’ takes a look at Tate Reeves and Jim Hood at the Neshoba County Fair

In this cartoon, Ford Williams caricatures Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood and their road paving feud. The scene is the Neshoba County Fair Pavilion where both elected officials will campaign for Governor. The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series – #justsayin – reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford ...

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State acquires 18,000 acres in south Mississippi Delta

Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi’s Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years. The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It’s expected to open in 2019. The area offers some of Mississippi’s ...

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Analysis: Even modest revenue growth good news for lawmakers

End-of-the year revenue collections suggest Mississippi’s lawmakers could have a little extra money to spend when they return for their election-year session in January 2019. Preliminary numbers released by the Legislative Budget Office show that thanks to strong May and June collections, the state’s General Fund ended $88 million over the level that budget writers had estimated back in the ...

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Shad White takes oath as new state auditor in Mississippi

Mississippi’s new state auditor is pledging to protect taxpayers’ money. Shad White took his oath of office Tuesday and will fill the rest of a four-year term that ends in January 2020. Gov. Phil Bryant named him to succeed fellow Republican Stacey Pickering, who had been auditor since January 2008. Pickering stepped down to become director of the Mississippi Veterans ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is government the problem or part of the answer to rural poverty?

Rural poverty skyrockets as jobs move away,” read a headline on TheHill.com.  “The number of rural Americans living in poverty has skyrocketed in recent years amidst an economic evolution that has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs.”    The problem is twofold, the article says – key employers in rural areas have shut down or moved away and educated ...

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Breazeale joins MDOT Public Affairs team

Jessica Breazeale of Wesson has joined the Public Affairs Division at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Breazeale will serve as Internal Communications Officer and manage the agency’s strategic communications plan for employees. She will also supervise the agency’s Public Relations Internship Program. “With her years of experience in both public relations and marketing, we are proud to welcome Jessica ...

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Reeves says he’s not to blame for planned road near his home

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he did not pressure the Mississippi Department of Transportation to build a $2 million road near his gated neighborhood. Reeves said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who is also an elected Republican, pushed for the proposed frontage road. The short segment would run next to Mississippi Highway 25, also known as Lakeland ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it is reinvestigating Till’s slaying in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after receiving “new information.” ...

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