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Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he’s requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “This should be a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars and provide a standard of prevention in this litigious society,” Bryant said. The move comes months after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agreed to pay $25,000 ...

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Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers face gaps in current budget

Mississippi lawmakers’ biggest task every session is writing a state budget for the coming year. A smaller but equally important task is deciding whether to fill budget gaps for the current year. The Legislative Budget Office says agencies have submitted $101.1 million in deficit requests for fiscal 2017, which ends June 30. That is 1.6 percent of the state-funded portion ...

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Ex-Mississippi Gov. Winter improving after falling at home

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is improving as he remains hospitalized with head injuries. Winter’s condition was upgraded from serious to fair on Sunday, said Alana Bowman, spokeswoman for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Winter, 93, slipped and fell on the steep, icy driveway at his home Saturday, a day after a storm left a coating of sleet in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trump tweets unnerve Trent Lott

“He is very capable of doing a switcheroo really quick, which can be a good thing or it can not be.” This was former Senate Majority Leader and Mississippi Senator Trent Lott talking about president-elect Donald Trump. Switcheroos, as Lott calls them, are becoming a hallmark of Trump’s transition to the presidency. He says one thing one day, then changes ...

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Mississippi governor: School funding formula ‘a 1992 model’

Gov. Phil Bryant says it’s time to update Mississippi’s school funding formula because the current one is outdated. Republican Bryant spoke Thursday to several hundred business people at an event sponsored by Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Bryant says the current school funding formula is “a 1992 model,” although it was put into law in 1997. He ...

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Cochran named chair of senate appropriations

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today received the approval of his Republican colleagues to serve as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the 115th Congress. The Senate Republican Conference met Thursday to ratify committee chairmen for the new Congress, and approved Cochran’s selection by members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to lead the committee for a third, ...

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No plans for future Mississippi picnics in NYC, group says

Organizers say they are not planning to continue the annual picnic that brought Mississippi catfish and blues to New York. The Sun Herald reports The New York Mississippi Society made the announcement on its website. The group says for 36 years, the Mississippi picnic “has been wonderful and a positive thing for all those involved.” But, it says with competition ...

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Campaign finance high on agenda for session

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Legislators, stinging from criticism they received during the 2016 session for their inability to pass campaign finance reform, no doubt will place a priority on the issue during the 2017 session, starting at noon today. Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Philip Gunn said in separate, recent interviews that ...

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Retired trooper chosen to lead Mississippi Senate security

The Mississippi Senate has chosen a retired Highway Patrol officer for its top security job. As the new sergeant-at-arms, Ronnie Stewart of Crystal Springs will oversee security in the Senate chamber and Senate committee rooms at the state Capitol. He succeeds Rick Hux of Seminary, who retired last year. Stewart served as drug court coordinator for a circuit court district ...

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