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Farmer named General Counsel of Mississippi Public Service Commission

Frank F. Farmer has been named General Counsel of the Mississippi Public Service Commission Farmer is a native Mississippian who has practiced law throughout Mississippi since 2001. Prior to his appointment, he represented the Commission on behalf of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. He has experience in litigation at all levels, attorney management and training, project management, and nationwide pro ...

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11 held in ICE restaurant raids plead guilty

By JACK WEATHERLY Eleven foreign nationals arrested Feb. 22 in raids at Jackson and Meridian area restaurants by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have pleaded guilty, or in one case await a plea hearing, to violating the federal Re-entry of Deported or Removed Alien act. They are among 55 foreign nationals who were arrested by ICE agents at ...

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No special session to take Confederate symbol off Mississippi flag

A spokesman says Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant won’t call legislators back to the Capitol to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The Legislative Black Caucus says Bryant should set a special session because white supremacists marched with the battle flag last weekend in Virginia. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem — ...

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Mississippi again moves to rejigger school rating system

A year after a bruising debate over how Mississippi’s schools should be rated, education officials are revisiting their decisions. State Department of Education officials said Tuesday that technical flaws in the system approved last year must be fixed, or else results will falsely show that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year. But the plan would push up ...

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DAVID BARIA: Time to remove Confederate battle flag from all official symbols of Mississippi

The events in Charlottesville evade simple description. The tragic loss of life and violent imagery are now part of our collective consciousness and already compare as one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.   For many of us who were not adults during segregation, these images seem ripped from a time we hoped was in the past. Sadly, ...

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Tupelo seeks to regain investment from motel demo

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal TUPELO – With all demolition and grading work at the site of a former Ramada Inn on North Gloster Street complete, the city of Tupelo has taken steps to recoup the more than $400,000 of public money invested into cleaning up the property. A sloping, grassy field now marks the site in Tupelo where ...

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Mississippi officials condemn white nationalist violence

Some Mississippi officials are denouncing white nationalist violence that killed one person and injured several others during the weekend in Virginia. “Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi. I condemn these groups in the strongest possible terms,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday on Facebook. “I have been in communication with ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will tax cuts ease economic distress and health disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year.   What do these rankings mean? ARC calculates the economic status of counties based on unemployment rates, per capita market income, and ...

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Economy, not internet, cited for drop in state sales tax revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON State Economist Darrin Webb cites economic angst, not internet shoppers, for the prolonged period of sluggish sales tax collections for the state. The collection of the sales tax, the state’s largest source of revenue, was sluggish during the past fiscal year and started the new fiscal year on an even more dismal note. The anemic sales tax ...

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Pay equity is the law, but wage gap between men and women still exists

By BECKY GILLETTE Despite the fact that pay equity is the law, studies show women earn less money than men for doing the same work. This pay gap does not necessarily decrease simply because more women are achieving “bread winner” status, said Jaklyn Wrigley, a Gulfport-based attorney with Fisher Phillips, a national, management-side labor and employment law firm. “Technically, since ...

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