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BRANDON PRESLEY: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service the same as anyone else

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes” but, that isn’t what current state policy says. Internet service has become a necessity for modern life, but far too many Mississippians live in the “digital dark,” lacking access ...

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Officials: Columbus operated at $881K deficit on ‘bogus budget’

Columbus city officials say they were surprised to learn the city operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit over the last fiscal year. The Commercial Dispatch reports City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle presented the news to the city council last week. Rawle says decreased sales and property tax collections hurt revenue, while excess overtime for public safety departments increased spending.Rawle ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Monopolistic practices push drug prices higher

“The high cost of prescriptions are leading many people to ration medicine or skip it altogether,” reads a story in the Clarion-Ledger. An earlier story told about an 87-year-old WWII veteran with Type 2 diabetes. His glucose test strips suddenly jumped up from $25 to $90 a box. “That’s too high,” he said. “And I don’t understand how they can ...

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Bryant wants appeal of ruling on abortion ban

Gov. Phil Bryant is signaling that he wants to appeal a ruling striking down an abortion law that would have been one of the most restrictive in the country.The measure sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks.U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that the measure violated women’s constitutional rights and U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Spokesman Knox Graham told ...

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THE DEBATE — Public hangings, African despots, pre-existing conditions and ducking the media

By Larrison Campbell and Bobby Harrison / Mississippi Today On Tuesday night, after just under 10 minutes of questions, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy thanked a crowd of reporters and walked away from the podium. The two dozen members of local and national media then waited for Espy’s opponent in the U.S. Senate race, interim Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had ...

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US judge: Mississippi 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, one of the most restrictive in the United States. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the law “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights. “The record is clear: States may not ban abortions prior to viability,” Reeves said, citing Supreme Court rulings. The only ...

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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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ALAN TURNER — The Phoenix Club: Working to make things better for underserved youth

Originally founded in Memphis in the 1950s, the Phoenix Club has grown to include chapters in numerous cities. The Phoenix Club of Jackson was founded in 2007, and has grown to include more than 90 members who are bankers, attorneys, educators, government leaders, and more. It’s a club for professionals who are 24-35 years old, and its goal is to ...

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