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Audit: DPS' internal controls in compliance with law

JACKSON — Internal controls over day-to-day operations appear adequate in the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, according to an auditor’s report that also said improvements are needed in budget preparation and planning. DPS spokesman Warren Strain said in a news release yesterday that Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz requested the performance audit by State Auditor Stacey Pickering in the ...

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CRAWFORD: Is everyone, including Phillip Gunn, a RINO these days

Republicans coined the term “RINO” (Republicans in Name Only) to denigrate other Republicans who didn’t toe the conservative line. These days, I’m having trouble seeing the line. Thought it had to do with cutting the cost and size of government, reducing public and corporate welfare, and such. Must be a different line, though, with top Republicans ignoring the line I ...

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Port of Gulfport bill passes

JACKSON — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been sent to the governor. The Mississippi House gave final legislative approval to House Bill 1091 on Tuesday. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight and declares it to be its ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Signs point to costly provincialism in demise of Landmark

Sticking it to your neighbor can be a gratifying exercise for some Mississippi legislators — especially when they aren’t personally writing the checks that cover the cost of the sticking. Which brings us to the sticking leaders of the Mississippi House of Representatives gave Jackson and the state’s taxpayers on April 3, the last day for bills to leave committees ...

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Construction to start by year’s end on Eastover development

Developers of The District at Eastover in Northeast Jackson finally own the site for the mixed-use project. Ted Duckworth and Breck Hines, co-owners of the The District Land Development Co., bought the 21-acre Old Blind School site from the state for $3.3 million. The deal closed Feb. 24. Hines said in an interview last week that construction should start on ...

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