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Historians: Confederate emblem ‘symbol of racial terror’

Historians in Mississippi say the Confederate battle emblem is a “symbol of racial terror” that needs to be stripped from the state flag. Thirty-four professors released a statement this week saying they expect questions from students about the recent white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, where some participants carried the rebel flag. Mississippi has the last state flag with the ...

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Medicaid managed care contracts pending review by state board

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid, at the behest of Gov. Phil Bryant, is asking the Personal Service Contract Review Board to review the managed care contracts it awarded earlier this summer. A coalition of Mississippi hospitals, which formed its own managed care company and tried unsuccessfully to win a contract with the Division of ...

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State leaders say they have not forgotten MAEP rewrite effort

By BOBBY HARISON / Daily Journal Efforts to rewrite the landmark Mississippi Adequate Education school funding formula might no longer be at the forefront, but those efforts are not forgotten, according to two key elected officials. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said there will be renewed efforts to rewrite the funding formula in the coming ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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Analysis: State symbols don’t have to go on the ballot

Defenders of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag have a ready-made argument that was handed to them nearly a generation ago by lawmakers who didn’t want to deal with the politically volatile issue of redesigning the banner. It goes like this: The people of Mississippi voted to keep the flag in a statewide election in 2001, and politicians ...

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IHL officials hope to get building projects on track

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – Higher education officials are hoping that during the 2018 session, legislators resume the practice of awarding them bonds to finance long-term construction projects. On Thursday, the 12-member Board of Trustees of the state Institutions of Higher Learning (commonly referred to as the College Board) voted to make a request for the upcoming ...

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Mississippi Municipal League elects officers for 2017-2018

The Mississippi Municipal League elected new officers for 2017-2018 at its Conference in Biloxi. Mayor Les Childress of Flora was elected President of MML. Mayor Glen Barlow of French Camp ascended to the office of First Vice President, and Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport was appointed as Second Vice President after running unopposed for the position. Established in 1931, MML ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Do governor’s appointees not give a squat about his standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender’s terrific column “Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website” in the Clarion-Ledger?  If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read.   Pender pointed to non-transparent disclosures on the transparency site by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, then said, “Apparently, they don’t feel like telling the public squat about their travel. ...

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McKinnon named by Governor to Second Term on Appraisal Board

Doug McKinnon, MAI, has been reappointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to a second four-year term on the Mississippi Appraisal Licensing & Certification Board. He currently serves as Board Chairman for 2017. McKinnon, a 40-year veteran of the appraisal industry, is Senior Vice-President, Chief Appraiser, and Environmental Officer at BankPlus in Ridgeland.

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District Names Chief of River Operations Branch

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently selected Joel Brown as chief of its river operations branch, Operations Division. In this position, Brown will be responsible for the work of the Mat Sinking Unit, Dredge Jadwin, Vicksburg Harbor facility, maintenance section, navigation and dredging on the Mississippi, Red, and Ouachita/Black Rivers, and operation and maintenance of nine locks ...

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