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Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic State

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers to “show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat.” The president elected on a promise to end ...

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OUR VIEW — Who are legislators protecting with payday lending loophole?

That seriousness Mississippi’s legislators showed back in 2012 over whether to reauthorize payday lending seemed so sincere at the time. They could allow the payday lending industry to strengthen its hold on Mississippi’s working poor, tip the rules to increase borrower protections, or ban the low-dollar lending altogether. The wrangling ended with lawmakers proclaiming a great comprise: Payday lending and ...

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House could reverse vote pausing third grade reading mandate

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers staged a brief revolt Tuesday against plans to fail thousands of poorly reading third graders this spring, but that movement is already melting away. A number of House Republicans joined all but one Democrat to amend House Bill 745 to wait another year before requiring school districts to hold back the students. But by the ...

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Lawmakers: Board of Cosmetology bad at customer service

JACKSON — Do a better job with customer service. That’s what some Mississippi lawmakers are telling the state Board of Cosmetology. Senators held a hearing Tuesday at the state Capitol to discuss complaints they have heard from people back home, including cosmetologists who say they’re having trouble getting information from the regulatory board. Sen. J.P. Wilemon, D-Belmont, said the board ...

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Dearman wins Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award

By Tammy Leytham Jen Dearman loves to learn. As the community and economic development director for the city of Pascagoula, it’s important to her to improve her skills in order to bring more business to the city. So, she said it’s a special privilege to receive the 2015 Ray & Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award – awarded to her ...

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Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment can cost thousands of dollars ...

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Reeves seeks $382M in tax cuts for companies and individuals

RICHLAND — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing to phase in $382 million in tax cuts over 10 years, in an election-year move aimed at both businesses and individuals. He made his proposal Tuesday at a Richland industrial firm, winning a quick endorsement from Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican. Reeves wants to repeal Mississippi’s $242 million-a-year franchise tax ...

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Delta-Energy Group locating operations in Natchez

JACKSON — Officials from resource recovery company Delta-Energy Group, LLC announced today the company is locating operations in the former International Paper facility in Natchez. The project represents a corporate investment of $45 million and will create 91 new jobs. From its Natchez location, wholly owned subsidiary Delta-Energy Natchez, LLC will use its proprietary process to reclaim purchased feedstock from products ...

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Farm bill deadlines are approaching

STARKVILLE — Two critical 2014 farm bill deadlines are approaching fast, and Mississippi State University experts encourage producers to take action now. Landowners must update yield history and reallocate base acres by Feb. 27. By March 31, producers must decide between two new programs designed to help manage risk: Agricultural Risk Coverage, known as ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, known ...

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