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Mississippi suburb’s flood won’t qualify as federal disaster

Victims of a flash flood that damaged more than 150 structures in central Mississippi are unlikely to qualify for federal disaster aid. WLBT-TV reports the Mississippi Emergency Management completed its assessment Monday and found that damage in Pearl from the Sept. 26 flood doesn’t meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration. Agency spokesman Greg Flynn reports that 146 homes, ...

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Dem running for Mississippi governor: Help ‘least among us’

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general on Wednesday launched his 2019 campaign for governor of one of the poorest states in the nation, citing the biblical mandate to help the needy. “Jesus taught us to fight for the poor and the elderly and the widows and the children — the least among us,” Jim Hood said in announcing his candidacy in his ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast under way along Mississippi Gulf

Thousands of classic cars and trucks are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week for Cruisin’ the Coast. Gulf news outlets report that more than 8,000 participants were expected to bring their antique, classic and hot rod cars this year for a festival that started in 1996 with a few hundred cars. They participate at venues along a 30-mile stretch ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Uncertainty dims hallelujah economic times for Republicans

BILL CRAWFORD Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest since December 2000. Total nonfarm employment is nearly 150 million, the highest ever.  And average wages are the ...

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Nissan says it spent $170M to retool for new sedan model

Nissan Motor Co. says it invested $170 million at plants in Mississippi and Tennessee as it retooled to make a new Altima sedan model. The company officially marked the start of production in Canton Thursday with a ceremony including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The company also makes the cars at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, where production of the sixth-generation Altima ...

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Mississippi lawmaker arrested for refusing to take DUI test

The Clarion Ledger reports House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden was arrested Thursday. A high-ranking Mississippi legislator has been arrested for refusing to take a DUI test after running into the back of another car at a red light near his home in Meridian. Snowden, a Republican, says he wasn’t drunk and hit the car because he was texting and ...

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Mississippi education board delays letter grade rankings

Mississippi’s state Board of Education balked Thursday at approving A to F ratings for schools and districts until October, citing discontent with the proposed ratings. The refusal disrupted a carefully choreographed release process, meaning unofficial or projected grades will come out before the board approves them. The move also leaves open a small possibility that the board will demand substantive ...

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New developer takes over mall site that has state tax aid

A new developer is taking over a plan to build a large shopping center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Local news outlets report that Rise Partners has taken over development in D’Iberville with plans to begin construction next summer and complete the first phase in summer 2020. The new company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says it has agreed with landowner ...

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Budget woes may force cuts to Tunica County fire department

The fire district that protects Tunica County’s casinos is again at risk of having its number of firefighters cut in half. North Tunica Fire spokesman Dennis Doughty tells WMC-TV that Tunica County supervisors are considering cutting their subsidy, which could leave the fire department with only two firefighters per shift. Four firefighters are required before anyone can enter a scene. ...

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Analysis: Legislative transparency a matter of perspective

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS A Republican leader of the Mississippi House says the Legislature operates more transparently now than ever. But a longtime Democratic senator says the Legislature falls short of even its own past practices of conducting public business out in the open. House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian and Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory presented contrasting views ...

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