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WHO IS THIS GUY? Candidate who didn’t even vote wins Democratic nomination

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn’t even vote in the primary because he says he was busy. Robert Gray can’t explain how he defeated the trial lawyer who was the favored candidate of the party establishment in Tuesday’s primary. Gray, ...

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Jackson lawyer files as Democrat for governor

Associated Press Jackson attorney Vicki Slater has announced her campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for governor. Slater made the announced Thursday at the state Capitol in Jackson. Feb. 27 is the deadline for candidates to qualify for this year’s election Republican Gov. Phil Bryant announced Wednesday he is running for re-election. Slater is making her first run for office. ...

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Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s an option for those who ...

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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community colleges. Bryant is holding an ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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Former Mississippi First Lady Carroll Waller dies at 87

JACKSON — Former Mississippi First Lady Ava Carroll Overton Waller, 87, of Jackson, died yesterday at Manhattan Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at First Baptist Church, Jackson. Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 11 a.m. until the funeral service that day. Waller ...

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After string of losses, O'Hara sees himself as Senate 'protest vote'

HATTIESBURG — Shawn O’Hara has a perfect record in Mississippi politics — a string of more than a dozen losses over the past 25 years. It is unblemished by a single win for mayor, congressman, senator or governor. Odds are good that 55-year-old Hattiesburg resident will keep his record intact this year as he runs for U.S. Senate. O’Hara describes ...

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Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and ...

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Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school aid formula must be fully ...

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SBA approves Bryant's request for assistance to DeSoto County after flood

DESOTO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in DeSoto County. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Sept. 11 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for recovery. The declaration covers DeSoto County and the adjacent counties of Marshall, Tate and Tunica. ...

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