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Musicians 'Band Together' for tornado relief

As residents of Tupelo rebuild their lives following the tornado that devastated the city, they will be offered a little music to brighten their day. A group of citizens has banded together to host a benefit concert for the Northeast Mississippi tornado relief efforts. The “Band Together” benefit concert will be held June 5 at Fairpark in Downtown Tupelo. Gates ...

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Lawmakers still hoping to debate Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding onto a chance to debate Medicaid expansion in the next few weeks, even though Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders oppose growth in the program. With no debate yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill to keep Medicaid in business after the budget year ends June 30. Some Democrats had said they wanted ...

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State adopting Pew system to measure effectiveness of spending

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are adopting a national system created by the Pew Center for the States to measure how much benefit a dollar of public spending creates. The system is first being set up to measure the effectiveness of criminal justice and corrections programs, but could be expanded to other areas in the future. House and Senate Appropriations Committee ...

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State leads nation in decline in unemployment assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to 339,000, the fewest since February 2008. If sustained, the lower level could signal stronger hiring. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 29, one week behind the national data. States with the biggest declines were: • Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given • Michigan: ...

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State leads nation in increase in unemployment applications

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 22, one week behind the national data. States with the biggest increases are: • Mississippi: Up 3,314, due to people unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac • ...

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Hundreds removed from SNAP for bilking $2.7M+ in benefits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports hundreds more people routinely report benefits cards lost or stolen, which the federal government cites as a potential sign of ...

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