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Gulf coast mayor backs medical marijuana at petition event

A mayor on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast hosted a weekend event to collect signatures for an effort to legalize medical marijuana. WLOX-TV reports that Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson hosted Saturday’s gathering at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to support the petition drive for the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign. For a legalization measure to appear on the November ballot, 86,185 ...

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Analysis: Campaigning like incumbent risky for Hyde-Smith

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Mississippi voters sent Republican Thad Cochran to the U.S. House in 1972 and the U.S. Senate in 1978, and he served on Capitol Hill until frail health prompted him to retire in April of this year. For most of his 40-year political career, Cochran didn’t have to exert himself in campaigns. He faced a tough race in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State job recovery more modest than terrific

BILL CRAWFORD Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before. But, there is more to the story. Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate ...

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Higher tax withholdings point to more jobs filled; Mississippi sectors index shows gains

By TED CARTER The value of an index tracking Mississippi’s key business sectors rose a full 1 percent in August, maintaining an upward trend that began five months ago, state economists said in the October “Mississippi Business Report.” The growth in value tracked in the Mississippi Lead Index, or MLI, occurred in all sectors other than manufacturing, said Corey Miller, ...

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Mississippi edges back into good graces of bond raters

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s $100 million in raids on its rainy-day fund and cuts of over $200 million in department and agency budgets the last two years showed bond raters the state can be serious about offsetting sagging revenue collections. The reward is a pair of ratings upgrades on around $350 million in 10-and-20-year general obligation bonds, as well as ...

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McCluskey director of investigations at Auditor’s Office

State Auditor Shad White announced that Richie McCluskey will replace David Huggins as Director of Investigations at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor. Huggins resigned from his position shortly after White became State Auditor. McCluskey joins the Auditor’s office from a long law enforcement career which began in 1988 at the Flowood Police Department. McCluskey advanced from Patrolman to ...

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NBC poll: Gov. Bryant gets high marks; confidence in economy, legislature tepid

BY BOBBY HARRISON / MISSISSIPPI TODAY State Economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders during a September budget hearing more of the same – the Mississippi economy is not doing as well as the national economy. “The state’s economy has struggled to gain the momentum in the years since the Great Recession,” which started in 2008, Webb said, echoing his comments ...

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Analysis: Debates might aid voters, but candidates pass

JEFF AMY If a debate in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race to fill out the unexpired term of the retired Thad Cochran had gone off as planned last Thursday at Millsaps College in Jackson, you might be reading more about the event in this space. But the debate fell apart after appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she wouldn’t be there. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Anomaly vs. tsunami in Hood vs. Reeves for Governor

BILL CRAWFORD And so it begins, the anomaly versus the tsunami, the hope versus the expectation, the last Democrat versus the next-in-line Republican. Mississippi’s only Democrat holding statewide office, Attorney General Jim Hood, has officially announced his candidacy for Governor. His all-but-announced governor-in-waiting opponent will be Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The night before Hood announced, Reeves was on stage ...

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Berry appointed to Mississippi Autism Board

Dr. Krystal Thurman Berry, Assistant Director for Training and Professional Development for the Mississippi Community College Board, has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the Mississippi Autism Board for a four-year term ending June 30, 2022. Thurman Berry will serve as the parent/family member representative of the Autism Board, which licenses Applied Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts in ...

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