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Mississippi lawmakers approve bill to create a state lottery

The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state’s Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate ...

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Lottery bill passes Mississippi Senate but falters in House

Mississippi legislators split late Monday on whether to create a state lottery, leaving uncertainty about what will happen. Senators voted 31-17 to pass a lottery bill , moments after the House rejected the same proposal. Sixty House members voted against the bill, and 54 voted for it. The issue is not going away. The bill was held for the possibility ...

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Transport funding bill going to governor; lottery unfinished

Mississippi lawmakers have agreed on a transportation funding plan that would give cities and counties some of the sales tax money the state collects from people shopping online. House members Monday accepted changes that senators made in the bill,known as the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2018. It goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who signals that he’ll sign it. ...

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McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy

It will be a fitting final resting place for a man who prized military service, cherished friendship and had little patience for formalities. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died Saturday of brain cancer, will be buried on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, right next to a lifelong friend, within earshot of the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Disparities plus uncaring GOP open door for Socialism

BILL CRAWFORD The growing support for socialistic programs within the Democratic Party has many traditionalists worried. They should be. Data shows wealth accumulating ever more rapidly among the top one percent and growing ever more slowly among the bottom ninety percent. From 1946 to 1980 middle-income Americans saw greater income growth than rich ones. Since 1980, income growth for the ...

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McCain’s family says he’s stopping medical treatment

»» American hero, who would be 82 next week, has been away from the Capitol since December. John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer, his family said Friday. In a statement, the family said McCain has surpassed expectations for survival, but “the progress of ...

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Bryant: Open-government laws should apply to lottery group

Gov. Phil Bryant says that if Mississippi creates a state lottery, the public should have access to information about the group that operates it. Reporters asked the governor Friday about a lottery bill that legislators are debating during a special session. The bill passed Thursday by the Senate says a Mississippi lottery corporation wouldn’t be subject to state laws on ...

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Trump tweets ‘total endorsement’ for Hyde-Smith

Cindy Hyde Smith President Donald Trump tweeted his “complete and total endorsement” Thursday for a Republican who was appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and is running in a November special election. Trump tweeted that Cindy Hyde-Smith supports a border wall, “is helping me create Jobs, loves our Vets and fights for our conservative judges.” In a second tweet, ...

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Lottery and aid to localities advance in special session

Mississippi is closer to having a state lottery and diverting existing tax money, all to improve roads and bridges. The state Senate voted 30-20 on Thursday, the first day of a special session, to pass legislation to create a state lottery, despite questions about the sweeping powers proposed for the lottery corporation in Senate Bill 2001 . Meanwhile, House members ...

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