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Mississippi’s Harper won’t run again

A Republican congressional chairman who pushed for stronger anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training in the U.S. House said Thursday that he won’t seek re-election this year. Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi was first elected in 2008. He said in a statement that he never intended to make a career in Congress, and “10 years will be long enough.” Harper, 61, is ...

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When lawyers stumble … help comes from a source that won’t judge

By NASH NUNNERY Forget stereotypes – being a lawyer isn’t quite as glamorous as Hollywood portrays it to be. Television legal drama ‘Suits’ or 1990s hit series ‘LA Law’ might make for must-see Netflix viewing but the practice of law can be demanding and exceedingly stressful. Work days stretch into work nights. Demand to meet the firm’s billable hours quota ...

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Mississippi less taxing for retirees

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has been named the No. 4 most-friendly tax state for retirees by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in the recently released 2017 Retire Tax Map which looks at the most and least tax-friendly states for retirees across all 50 states. Sandra Block, senior editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, said one reason Mississippi scores so high for being tax friendly ...

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TODD SMITH — Google’s top searches of 2017 included Matt Lauer, Hurricane Irma, Tom Petty, Las Vegas shooting

In 2017, you wanted to know more about one of the most powerful storms on record, the devastating Hurricane Irma. But you were also curious about Cardi B. and Unicorn Frappuccinos. Google’s annual list of the most popular searches is here, offering a peek into what people are really thinking about. Like 2017 itself, this year’s top searches skew a ...

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Some Mississippi residents eligible for mortgage settlement

The Mississippi attorney general’s office says about 270 state residents are eligible for payments from a settlement involving improper servicing of mortgage loans. Attorney General Jim Hood’s office said Wednesday that Mississippians will receive notification in the mail in the next few months if they are eligible. The money comes from a multimillion-dollar settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender PHH ...

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Lottery, school funding could get Mississippi debate in 2018

The Mississippi Legislature on Tuesday started its three-month session with plenty of issues to consider. Lawmakers could debate creating a lottery. They could try to rewrite a school funding formula. They could seek a long-term plan to pay for highway construction. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves both ...

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Partners to buy SC wood pellet plant, build Mississippi port

A company that makes wood pellets and sells them to power plants overseas says it’s forming a new joint venture with an insurance company to buy a plant in South Carolina and build a port in Mississippi. Enviva Holdings of Bethesda, Maryland, on Tuesday announced the deal with the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. The joint venture will buy a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD – New Year Economy Pivotal for Republican Leaders

The New Year promises to be a pivotal year for Republican leaders in Mississippi. With “job creation” tax cuts in place at both the state and federal levels, voters will be looking for Mississippi’s moribund economy to take off  But, that’s not what Mississippi’s state economist Dr. Darrin Webb forecasts. “Mississippi’s growth will not catch the national growth” in the ...

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Downward budget trend could continue in 2018

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – If preliminary numbers hold, 2018 will mark the third consecutive session where Mississippi legislators cut state spending. The budgets proposed for the upcoming fiscal year by both the Legislative Budget Committee and by Gov. Phil Bryant call for less spending than the budget passed in the 2017 session for the current fiscal ...

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Mississippi lawmakers could debate creation of a lottery

Mississippi residents for years have been crossing into Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy lottery tickets. In 2018, lawmakers could debate whether Mississippi will join the large majority of states that offer games of chance. Supporters say money being spent on lottery tickets elsewhere could, instead, be spent in Mississippi, creating revenue to help pay for highways, schools or other ...

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