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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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DAVID DALLAS: Hillary? Don't even think about it, Democrats

And they’re off! How far off is yet to be determined. The next two years of Obama Impeachment Hearings will likely take a back seat to the Republican Race for the White House in 2016. The Republican field is wide open and has the potential to offer up some really good candidates, John Kasich of Ohio, Mitch Daniels from Indiana, ...

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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and can be renewed for six ...

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More school districts join MAEP lawsuit brought by Musgrove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced yesterday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West ...

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Musgrove: About 30 more school districts might join lawsuit

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said yesterday that about 30 more school districts are considering whether to join an education-funding lawsuit he filed against the state. Fourteen districts, including Greenville and Hattiesburg, are already plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the ...

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DMR chief: Agency should not have purchased residential property

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources should not have bought a residential lot in 2010 from the parents of a woman who was then a manager in the agency, says agency’s the current leader. DMR executive director Jamie Miller told The Sun Herald there are still questions about the propriety of the land purchase. “Obviously, there are still ...

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Judge Gargiulo resigns for federal magistrate post

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Supreme Court says Judge John Gargiulo has resigned from the Second Circuit Court bench to become a federal magistrate for the Southern District of Mississippi. Spokeswoman Beverly Pettigrew Kraft says Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed retired Harrison County Court Judge Michael Ward of Gulfport to fill the vacancy through Nov. 30. Judicial elections will ...

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