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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom


For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited


By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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UPDATED: HUD forces Ridgeland to cease effort to eliminate rental housing complexes

The Van Mark Apartments in Ridgeland.

Federal housing agency charged City sought to displace minority residents   By TED CARTER In a move that lets Ridgeland avoid Fair Housing Act violation penalties from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, city officials have agreed to scrap provisions of a 2014 zoning ordinance that could have forced more than a dozen rental apartment complexes out of business. ...

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Analysis: US phases out private prisons, Mississippi shuts 1


Mississippi jumped enthusiastically into using private prisons in the mid-1990s, when the Department of Corrections was under a longstanding federal court order to ease crowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries. The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more ...

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McKee appointed as Director of Mississippi Office of Homeland Security

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Mark McKee has been appointed Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. McKee’s appointment is effective Oct. 10. He replaces Rusty Barnes, who recently retired. As Director of MOHS, McKee will oversee the agency that establishes, trains and equips strategically placed statewide response teams capable of responding to terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The MOHS is also responsible for ...

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Mississippi hosting session on doing business with Cuba


The state agency that promotes job creation in Mississippi is hosting a session next month about developing trade ties with Cuba. Mississippi Development Authority says in a news release that the event takes place Oct. 20 at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson. Speakers will include people who work in Cuba’s corporate banking and international trade sectors; infrastructure and energy ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Are big money tax policies best for Mississippi?


As tax collections continue to falter, threatening more mid-year budget cuts, our legislative leaders scurry to shore up the brilliance of their tax cut agenda.    They brought in an “outside expert” to say they’re on the right track.    Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Tax Foundation, told them that adding more consumption taxes and reducing corporate taxes is ...

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Pearl River clerk seeks money to preserve old public records

The chancery clerk says Pearl River County needs to finish making electronic copies of old paper records that could deteriorate. The Picayune Item reports that the clerk, Melinda Bowman, is asking county supervisors to set aside money for the job. Supervisors paid the previous chancery clerk, David Earl Johnson, $50,000 a year from 2011 until 2014 to get records scanned. ...

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Adams County supervisors vote to give themselves pay raise


The Adams County Board of Supervisors has approved a $4,300 raise for themselves. The Natchez Democrat reports the board voted 3-2 in favor of the raise Tuesday. Supervisors, justice court judges, prosecuting attorney and board attorney will go from making $40,400 to $44,700 per year. The supervisors were eligible for the raise after the county’s total assets surpassed $300 million, ...

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