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TODD SMITH — U.S. is split on media treatment of Trump

In the wake of numerous contentious encounters between President Donald Trump’s White House and the national press corps, Americans disagree on the news media’s coverage of the new president and his administration. Just over a third of Americans (36 percent) think the media have been too tough on Trump, while just under a third (31 percent) think it has been ...

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Watching the House and the Senate — For 2017 session, Realtors advocating passage of bill to help first-time buyers save

By BECKY GILLETTE About 200 members of the Mississippi Association of Realtors attended the annual Realtor Day at the Capitol Feb. 2, hearing from their elected officials, and discussing the Mississippi Realtors 2017 legislative priorities. Clarke Wise, governmental affairs director for Mississippi Realtors, said members heard from Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Treasurer ...

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Commercial real estate market signs optimistic

By NASH NUNNERY Improved job growth and a strong demand for multifamily housing in recent years has resuscitated the commercial real estate market, according to experts. And now with Donald Trump sworn in as America’s 45th president in 2017, what does this mean for commercial real estate in Mississippi? As with all new presidents, uncertainty abounds about a new political ...

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Mississippi lawmakers gear up for final weeks of budgeting

Mississippi lawmakers are turning their attention to one of their biggest jobs this session — deciding how to spend taxpayers’ money. They will plug some holes in the budget for the year that ends June 30. And, they will set new spending levels for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. The deadline to agree on budgets is in late March. ...

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1 bill to strengthen Mississippi governor advances; 1 dies

Mississippi legislators have advanced one bill to strengthen the state’s constitutionally weak governor but killed another. Senators on Monday reconsidered and killed a bill to let the governor, rather than a board, appoint the director of the state Department of Mental Health. Senate Bill 2567 passed the Senate last week but was put on hold. Senators voted not to release the ...

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CEO who knew of Mississippi kickbacks seeks light sentence

A Texas man who has pleaded guilty to bribing Mississippi’s former prison chief argues that he should get a lower sentence or stay out of federal prison altogether. The sentencing hearing for Mark Longoria of Houston began Monday and is scheduled to continue Tuesday. He faces up to five years in prison. Longoria waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a ...

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Poultry processor to open plant in Carthage

MBJ staff Pearl River Foods will open a poultry processing plant in Carthage, investing more than $2 million and creating 150 jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority also will contribute a $1.5 million grant and Leake County provided $175,000 for infrastructure upgrades. Pearl River Foods’ Carthage location will allow the company to better serve the local poultry industry. The company will ...

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Civil Rights, History Museum directors, administrator hired

The leadership team for the 2 Mississippi Museums is now in place with Cindy Gardner as site administrator, Pamela Junior as director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and Rachel Myers as director of the Museum of Mississippi History. “We could not ask for a better group to head up these world-class museums,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “Cindy Gardner ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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Analysis: Lack of info not helping school funding rewrite

There’s still time to have a real discussion about possible changes to Mississippi’s school funding formula. Last week’s derailment of what had once looked like a legislative freight train might provide the opportunity. Unable to decide on what proposals to bring forward, leaders in the House and Senate both abandoned placeholder bills to die at Thursday’s deadline. The issue could ...

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