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Wife of former prison chief hopes to keep forfeited assets

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JACKSON — The wife of former Mississippi prison chief Chris Epps isn’t ready to give up the Flowood house that her husband agreed to forfeit as part of a guilty plea in a bribery scheme. Catherlean Epps has hired an attorney with expertise in federal forfeiture cases to keep her claim on property her husband has agreed to hand over, the ...

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Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

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JACKSON — Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday. Joe McAndrew described such a debate as “a tricky political question,” and said gathering support to increase or restructure ...

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Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

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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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Fitch: $31M in unclaimed property in Mississippi

JACKSON — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch wants to give back more than $31 million coming from things such as forgotten utility deposits, bank accounts and stocks and unclaimed inheritances. Fitch is having published in Sunday newspapers across the state the annual list of the owners’ names and amounts owed to them. State law requires that banks, credit unions, insurance companies, ...

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Reeves proposes more income tax cuts, bumping total to $550M

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to cut income taxes by a larger amount than he has previously proposed. The Republican says Monday he wants to increase the size of his tax cut to $550 million over 15 years. That would include $300 million in income tax cuts, eliminating the first $350 of income tax liability for ...

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Senate backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

JACKSON — State senators want to sign Mississippi onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention that would force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase the national debt. The Senate voted 30-18 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2389, seeking a convention. The measure moves to the House for more debate. The plan, promoted ...

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State agriculture values set to top $7B for third year

Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, is over $7.7 billion. “The ...

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State certifies school referendum for 2015 ballot

JACKSON — Voters in November 2015 will decide a referendum to write a funding guarantee for “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” into Mississippi’s constitution. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Friday that of 121,691 signatures supporters submitted in October, 116,570 are of valid, registered voters. That’s 9,000 more than the 107,216 required statewide What’s called initiative ...

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Mississippi budget writers to set FY16 revenue estimate

Top Mississippi lawmakers are preparing to estimate how much money the state can spend during the coming budget year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Monday afternoon in Jackson. Members will hear experts’ assessment of the state economy. Then, they will set a revenue estimate that will be used as a basis for budget writing. It is an educated guess ...

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