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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘GOT ’EM’ post on Hattiesburg deaths hateful

“GOT ’EM” shrieked the Facebook post by a Subway worker in Laurel. “Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg.! – GOT ’EM” read the whole post. (Subway said it fired the employee.)  This was Laurel, Mississippi, not Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore, Maryland! We face growing sub-cultures, linked-up and emboldened by social media and the Internet, that target law enforcement and ...

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OUR VIEW — Who are legislators protecting with payday lending loophole?

That seriousness Mississippi’s legislators showed back in 2012 over whether to reauthorize payday lending seemed so sincere at the time. They could allow the payday lending industry to strengthen its hold on Mississippi’s working poor, tip the rules to increase borrower protections, or ban the low-dollar lending altogether. The wrangling ended with lawmakers proclaiming a great comprise: Payday lending and ...

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U.S. Small Business Administration awards MDA funding for state trade and export promotion program

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Mississippi Development Authority funding for the Mississippi State Trade and Export Promotion Program. The STEP Program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s Trade Bureau, the program helps reduce some of the financial obstacles qualifying ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID law

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a statement in response to an article from a university educator who criticized Mississippi’s voter ID law. Hosemann wrote: “A recent editorial article by Alan Draper of St. Lawrence University is so misleading, inaccurate and an example of lazy journalism mixed with weakly guised prejudice, I believe a reply was necessary. ...

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OUR VIEW: Losing with house money in Mississippi

Any gambler can tell you it’s much easier to leave the table when you’re rolling sevens rather than snake eyes. The same is true when the game is bringing new investment and jobs to a state, especially a state with limited fiscal resources such as Mississippi. The task requires a gambler’s intuition to know the right play to make, when ...

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CRAWFORD: PERS allowed to take higher risks

While you were sleeping the governor and Legislature gave PERS authority to make higher risk investments with retirement funds. House Bill 990, introduced by the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc, and co-sponsored by committee chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville, passed the House 82 to 3 and the Senate 52 to 0 and was signed ...

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