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Mississippi treasurer Fitch running for attorney general

Mississippi’s second-term state treasurer says she is running for attorney general because she wants to protect gun rights, fight opioid abuse and crack down on human trafficking. Republican Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland is traveling the state this week to discuss her candidacy for the state’s top legal job. She began her career 34 years ago as an assistant attorney general. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Mississippi in its best financial shape ever?

State revenue collections are running ahead of target. The state rainy day fund and other reserves are full of cash. Agency budget cuts appear to be behind us. Pointing to all this, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said “Mississippi is in our best financial and fiscal shape in our history.” Speaker of the House Philip Gunn chimed in saying, “This is ...

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Oxford Republican wins Mississippi Senate leadership post

A Republican from Oxford has been sworn in to the second-highest leadership position in the Mississippi Senate. Sixth-term Sen. Gray Tollison was unanimously elected Senate president pro tempore on Friday by colleagues from both parties. He succeeds Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton as pro tem. The pro tem presides over the Senate when the lieutenant governor is not available. ...

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Hardware distributor closing, laying off workers

A Mississippi Delta hardware distributor is closing, laying off 54 people. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Hardware Distribution Warehouses, based in Marshall, Texas, is going out of business. The company has already terminated about half its employees, and will close once it liquidates its inventory. The company is also closing its headquarters and warehouse in Texas. General Manager Mary Stinson ...

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Alabama bans smoking on public beach

The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free. The ban is part of a ...

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Wood pellet maker plans $200M investment in Mississippi

A company that makes wood pellets burned for fuel in overseas power plants is moving ahead with plans for a $140 million pellet mill and a $60 million ship-loading terminal on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Enviva LP spokeswoman Maria Moreno said Wednesday that the Maryland company signed agreements Monday with leaders in George and Jackson counties. The company won’t finalize ...

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Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Mississippi lawmakers and officials tell business leaders they’re hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, touting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, says it’s making workforce development one of its main priorities in this year’s Legislature. The council met Thursday in Jackson for its ...

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Groups using Super Bowl in push against Confederate statues

A coalition of civil rights groups in Atlanta is using this year’s Super Bowl to help kick off a renewed “war on the Confederacy,” in a fight to remove Confederate monuments around the nation. The groups on Thursday announced a planned Feb. 2 rally on the eve of the championship football game being hosted in the city. Gerald Griggs of ...

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Dem chosen to lead prominent committee in Mississippi House

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House is appointing a Democrat to lead one of the top committees. Speaker Philip Gunn says Thursday that Democratic Rep. Angela Cockerham of Magnolia is the new chairwoman of the House Judiciary B Committee. The chairmanship was previously held by Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton, who left the House last year to become state ...

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Cultivation Food Hall offers variety of cuisines

By JACK WEATHERLY Cultivation Food Hall will open this weekend in The District at Eastover and feature nine artisanal vendors. It has been developed in consultation with St. Roch Market in New Orleans, one of the pioneers in the food hall movement. Cultivation Food Hall is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building and encompasses 8,260 square feet, not ...

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