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Chaney easily outdoes challenger in campaign fundraising

Mike Chaney

By JACK WEATHERLY  Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is far outstripping his challenger in campaign contributions as they head toward a Republican primary on Aug. 4. Chaney, who is seeking his third term as commissioner, reported on his May 8 form with the Secretary of State that he has received $116,425 this year, compared with John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body ...

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State approves new mosquito pesticide

Mosquito Isolated on White

GREENVILLE — Long at a disadvantage in the ceaseless war against mosquitoes and the diseases they bear, the Mississippi Delta is about to catch a break. A new pesticide has recently been approved by the State of Mississippi for use in the Delta, where, years ago, organophosphate-based pesticides were heavily applied to counter the cotton-infesting boll weevil. That liberal use ...

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Analysis: Community college fight attracts little attention

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Community College Board should be thankful that the state’s College Board got crossways with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Without the dispute over Jones leaving Ole Miss to distract them, more members of the general public might have noticed the train wreck on the board that coordinates the state’s 15 community and junior colleges. It’s at ...

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Mississippi governor and Israeli ambassador push trade

Ambassador Ronald Dermer of Israel, right, discusses with reporters the importance of his country becoming a financial and technology leader and how it would help Mississippi and Israeli private businesses establish commercial relationships Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Jackson, Miss. The visit was part of a business summit with Mississippi and Israel companies seeking the opportunity to meet and discuss possible trade. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Leaders of Israel and Mississippi say they want to increase what is now a tiny trade between the Magnolia State and Middle Eastern nation, building an economic relationship on top of political ties. Gov. Phil Bryant and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer hosted a trade meeting Tuesday in Jackson. Dermer says Mississippi businesses can benefit from ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each other and our differing interpretations ...

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Farmers holding onto grain, hoping for a break in the market

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers are holding large amounts of grain, primarily corn and soybeans, on their property, waiting for the best time to sell it. But they are holding out for hope in a market oversupplied and underpriced. Plus, if too many dump it at the same time, that would drive prices down further, said John Michael Riley, agricultural economist ...

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McMillan retiring at MDRS

After 22 years at the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the last 18 as Executive Director, H.S. “Butch” McMillan has announced he is retiring, effective June 30. McMillan’s career began as a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992.  As executive director at MDRS, he successfully gained legislative support to expand services that promote employment and independence ...

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Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market has reacted with lower prices, according to John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State University. Farmers are ...

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