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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

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On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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Consultant aims to boost low-budget Dem for Miss. governor

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JACKSON — A political consultant who has worked for Democrats in the Deep South says he’s trying to generate support for Robert Gray, the truck driver who spent no money to win the party’s nomination for Mississippi governor. The Washington-based consultant, Dane Strother, set up a website aimed at raising money to defeat Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Strother tells The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Gov. Bryant serious about public contracting reforms

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Gov. Phil Bryant continues to take seriously the reform of public contracting in Mississippi.    Last November, Bryant, responding to the contract scandal that erupted from the arrest of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, established a special task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contracting and procurement processes.     In December, the five-member task ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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Bryant orders contracting reforms in wake of Epps, McCroy scandal

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State agencies will be forced to operate more openly in advertising, amending and awarding contracts, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in a issuing a pair of executive orders Thursday on state contracting. The orders also mandate increased professional knowledge of contracting among Mississippi Department of Corrections contract workers. One of the orders, Order 1362, requires agencies posting contracts online to ...

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WHO IS THIS GUY? Candidate who didn’t even vote wins Democratic nomination

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn’t even vote in the primary because he says he was busy. Robert Gray can’t explain how he defeated the trial lawyer who was the favored candidate of the party establishment in Tuesday’s primary. Gray, ...

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Truck driver wins Dem nomination for Mississippi governor

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant poses with his grandson Henry Snell after winning his Republican primary, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Bryant defeated Mitch Young, a Navy veteran from Sumrall who ran a low-budget campaign. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has $2.8 million in his campaign fund, and his Democratic challenger in the November election is a truck driver who reported spending no money so far and who said he didn’t even vote in Tuesday’s primary. Robert Gray won the Democratic primary for governor over two candidates — Vicki Slater, a trial lawyer ...

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(UPDATE) POLLS ARE OPEN — Mississippi choosing Dem and GOP nominees for state offices

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UPDATE — Mississippi voters on Tuesday are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. Three other statewide races have Republican primaries only. They are for auditor, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Polls are open until 7 p.m., and voters are required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. Ballots also include some primaries for public ...

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VT Halter Marine marks expansion, breaks ground

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PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has marked the completion of its dry dock expansion and broken ground on its new blast and paint facility in Pascagoula. VT Halter Marine chief executive officer Jack Predergast says the expansion is part of the company’s five-year plan to develop a full service repair facility. The $13 million project added 400 jobs at VT. ...

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2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party’s nomination for re-election Tuesday. The Republican is already talking about pushing for tax cuts during a second term, and he’s paying little attention to anyone else running for governor. While opponents say Bryant has failed to pull Mississippi out of persistent poverty, he points to the state’s decreasing ...

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