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WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction must be approved by the ...

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OUR VIEW: Status Quo on Medicaid leaves state behind

Where have you been? That’s a question Mississippi’s hospital executives should have to answer as the Legislature winds down and Republican leaders in both houses refuse to think pragmatically about expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The hospital CEOs and the Mississippi Hospital Association seem to have been largely absent from the wrangling in the Legislature in recent ...

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Lawyer who wrote the book on Miss. appellate law returns to Butler Snow

The lucrative life of an elite litigator in the Big Apple or perhaps the nation’s capital stood easily within Luther Munford’s grasp in 1979. But Mumford couldn’t shake the “briar patch” that the South had been for him and seven generations of his family. Nor could the Jackson native shake the danged old essay he had written for a book ...

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Mississippi high court lets Toyota ruling stand

The Mississippi Supreme Court has changed its mind and will not hear an appeal from the family of a man left a quadriplegic after he crashed a Toyota pickup truck in DeSoto County in 2001. The Supreme Court says Thursday it has reviewed court documents again and saw no reason to hear an appeal from the family of Shenandoah Clark. ...

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College Board confirms LaForge as Delta State president

William “Bill” LaForge is the new president of Delta State University. The College Board voted unanimously Thursday in a meeting in Cleveland to appoint LaForge as Delta State’s eighth president. The vote comes after LaForge met with campus groups. LaForge is a 62-year-old Washington, D.C., lobbyist and former president of DSU’s alumni association. He is a Cleveland native and his ...

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Senate Rejects Last Sequester Bills

Time for Plan B! Wait, there is no Plan B? As expected, the Senate rejected rival bills aimed at preventing the looming sequester Thursday, meaning that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will almost definitely kick in on Friday. Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to pass. With no other plan in ...

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Bill LaForge the pick of College Board for new president at Delta State

College Board officials say William “Bill” LaForge is their nominee to be president at Delta State University. » See related MBJ links for Bill LaForge LaForge is currently a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. A native of Cleveland and graduate of Delta State, his father was a professor of history there. LaForge will meet with campus groups in Cleveland, Miss. on ...

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Memo: Sequestration could cost funding to Natchez Trace

Visitors to America’s national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration. A National Park Service internal memo obtained by The Associated Press compiles a list of cuts in services in parks from Cape Cod to Yosemite. It’s the result of an ...

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Dr. Gene Wiggins, USM Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication and Journalism, dies at 69

Dr. Gene Wiggins, a professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 69. Funeral and memorial arrangements for Dr. Wiggins will be announced later. Dr. Wiggins joined the Southern Miss faculty in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Miss ...

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Mississippi, its public policy and the human condition

The current Mississippi Legislature seems to be giving more than passing consideration to legislation with the potential to enhance the human condition than has been the case in the past. The attention is coming from both internal and external influences. A growing awareness of the social and economic plight of many Mississippi citizens (internal influences) combined with a push from ...

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