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Choctaw set Nov. 17 vote on new Mississippi casino.

The Choctaw tribe has set a Nov. 17 vote on whether to build its fourth Mississippi casino. The Clarion-Ledger reports that if the measure is approved by the 10,000-member tribe, the casino would be built in the Red Water community in Leake County. Two casinos, Silver Star and Golden Moon, are in Choctaw in Neshoba County. A third is in Bok ...

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Trustmark Promotes Matt Farrell to First Vice President

Trustmark has promoted Matt Farrell to First Vice President at its corporate headquarters in Jackson, where he serves as Commercial Relationship Manager. Farrell has 10 years of banking experience and has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical ...

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Lottery study panel set to dive deep on issue

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The special committee formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn to study whether Mississippi should have a lottery will get down to the nitty gritty in its next, and perhaps last, meeting. The plan is for the next meeting to take place in October with a final report being compiled in November before the 2018 ...

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State revenue collections off to strong start

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for the previous two fiscal years, are off to a strong start for the first two months of the new fiscal year. For July and August, revenue collections are $68.4 million or 10.5 percent above the amount collected during the same time period last year, according to ...

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Former restaurant owner indicted for embezzlement

A former Mississippi restaurant owner accused of embezzling child support money from a former employee has been indicted. The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday that Patrick Kelly, owner of the defunct Mint and Julep’s restaurants, was indicted on a charged of embezzlement of child support money from Charles Wiggins. Wiggins had his wages garnished by the Mississippi Department of Human Services to pay his ...

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Hattiesburg increases taxes to fund public safety projects

One Mississippi city is increasing property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection. The Hattiesburg City Council voted 5-0 Thursday to for a slight property tax increase for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Hattiesburg American reports that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $32.50 more in taxes per year. Part of the money will ...

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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Fear, hate messaging makes government the enemy

The first principle is that everyone is scared,” said Mike. “The second principle is that everyone hates.”   Wondering what drives our politics these days? Read Eugene Burdick’s powerful 1956 novel, The Ninth Wave. “A prescient and still relevant story,” opined one critic. The opening quotations come from the book’s lead character, Mike Freesmith, who harnessed the power of fear and ...

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Mississippi tax collections improve for start of budget year

Mississippi tax collections are looking better than they did this time last year. The Legislative Budget Office released figures Friday showing tax collections for July and August — the first two months of the current budget year. Overall collections are nearly $54 million higher than they were during the same two months a year ago. That is about an 8.1 ...

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