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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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Mississippi: Ohio firm must pay $235,000 in failed expansion

Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding that an Ohio business pay nearly $235,000 over a failed business expansion. State Auditor Shad White says John Cullen must repay a $174,000 grant, plus $60,000 interest, to Mississippi or face a lawsuit. Cullen is CEO of Payliance Inc. of Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he agreed to accept up to $400,000 in grant money from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Special session puts Band-Aid on state road and bridge sores

BILL CRAWFORD Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature? Reeves said the public should note the session’s bipartisan goodwill, wrote the AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus in a wrap-up story last week. Goodwill between the House and Senate much less bipartisan goodwill have not been at the forefront of Reeves’ ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — PowerScoring Trump’s judicial appointments in the first 18 months

Ben Williams In his first 18 months in office, President Trump placed 44 lifetime Article III federal judges on the bench. Conservative pundits praise the record. But how do the 44 confirmations really stack up? The U.S. currently has 860 congressionally established Article III judicial positions, breaking down as follows: 9 Supreme Court justices, 179 appellate judges, 663 district judges, ...

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Mississippi Senate leader signals deal likely on road money

Tate Reeves Mississippi’s lieutenant governor says he’s ready to accept most transportation funding proposals championed by leaders of the state House. That makes an agreement more likely during a special session. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves tells reporters Monday that any package of legislation is likely to include transferring some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties, plus using ...

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Analysis: It’s prosecutor vs. ‘Big Country’ in US House race

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS The major-party nominees in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District present sharp contrasts in style, even if their ideological differences are fuzzier. Republican Michael Guest and Democrat Michael Ted Evans both say they oppose abortion and support gun rights and border security. Neither sounds likely to hang out with the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi. Guest is in his ...

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Analysis: 1 woman’s prayer could shape Mississippi politics

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Amid the red dirt and hubbub of the Neshoba County Fair last week, Debbie Hood sat on a wooden bench and quietly contemplated a reporter’s question: Is she ready for her husband to run for Mississippi governor next year? She is the wife of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who’s in his fourth term as the state’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi GOP candidates quiet on Trump tariffs and bailout

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy and soybeans are a major export.   The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.    “Tariffs are the greatest,” Trump recently tweeted. But when farmers and farm state politicians started complaining, Trump suddenly came up with a scheme to provide a ...

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