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Final parts of Mississippi budget set during special session

Mississippi lawmakers met in special session Monday and set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1. Most of the $6 billion budget was approved before the regular session ended in late March, but then disputes between the House and Senate killed proposals to fund the attorney general’s office and the Department of Transportation. ...

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Governor appoints District Attorney Mark Duncan Eighth Circuit Court District Circuit Judge

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed District Attorney Mark Duncan Eighth Circuit Court District circuit judge. Duncan, who has served as DA for the Eighth District since 2003, will replace Judge Vernon Cotten, who retired May 31. Duncan’s appointment will be effective June 2. Bryant will appoint his replacement as DA for the Eighth District, which covers Scott, Leake, Neshoba and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: American politics declining into profiteers vs moochers

Americans now live in a political environment dominated by extremes. One burgeoning faction, looking through red tinted lenses, seeks “freedom from.” Another, looking through blue tinted lenses, seeks “access to.” A fading faction, looking through clear lenses, fears all will become tinted.   The grassroots conservative movement sees national government as the great enemy and seeks freedom from oppressive taxation and ...

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Mississippi governor seeks several changes in budget process

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is asking legislators to tweak the budget process to ease rating agencies’ concerns about the state’s finances. The Republican on Friday released the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Monday. It includes a list of proposals that Bryant calls the “Fortify Act.” He is asking legislators to build up savings in the state’s rainy ...

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Funding of $67.5 million announced for Army Corps projects in Mississippi

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate an additional $67.5 million in FY2017 appropriations funding to support flood control, navigation and other projects throughout Mississippi. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 provided funding above the budget request for the Army Corps ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Federal lawsuit takes off where Initiative 42 failed

Will Bardwell of Jackson, a senior attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, is trying to do through an innovative lawsuit what voters narrowly rejected in 2015 – to amend the state Constitution to strengthen Mississippi’s commitment to public education. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi, is not seeking any money, but ...

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Analysis: Rep’s ‘lynch’ remark part of broad cultural battle

Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver drew bipartisan condemnation with a recent Facebook post saying Louisiana leaders should be “LYNCHED” — in all caps — for removing Confederate monuments. But, social media being what it is, the white Republican from Winona was also praised by people who said he stood courageously against political correctness. Oliver’s post was made May 20, after ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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Former USO Club houses unique African American Military History Museum

By BECKY GILLETTE At the time that the East Sixth Street United Service Organization (USO) club operated in the 1940s, the military was segregated so there were separate recreational facilities, as well. Eight years ago that USO club was developed as the African American Military History Museum (AAMHM). Today it remains the only USO club of its type in the ...

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TODD SMITH — How did news media cover Trump’s first 100 days?

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office – which set a new standard for negative coverage. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The ...

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