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Mississippi: Ohio firm must pay $235,000 in failed expansion

Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding that an Ohio business pay nearly $235,000 over a failed business expansion. State Auditor Shad White says John Cullen must repay a $174,000 grant, plus $60,000 interest, to Mississippi or face a lawsuit. Cullen is CEO of Payliance Inc. of Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he agreed to accept up to $400,000 in grant money from ...

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McCain’s family says he’s stopping medical treatment

»» American hero, who would be 82 next week, has been away from the Capitol since December. John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer, his family said Friday. In a statement, the family said McCain has surpassed expectations for survival, but “the progress of ...

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UPDATE: Senate considers Mississippi lottery bill

The Latest on a special session on transportation spending (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A senator says a lottery bill advancing in the Mississippi Senate would provide about $40 million to the state in its first year and about $80 million in later years. The Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is considering Senate Bill 2001 , which would create a ...

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Mississippi Senate leader signals deal likely on road money

Tate Reeves Mississippi’s lieutenant governor says he’s ready to accept most transportation funding proposals championed by leaders of the state House. That makes an agreement more likely during a special session. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves tells reporters Monday that any package of legislation is likely to include transferring some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties, plus using ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP leaders call Democrats dangerous enemy

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the stage in Neshoba County Fair speeches. Gunn focused his speech on stern warnings about Democrats, according to a Y’all Politics report. Reeves claimed he had been “under attack from Democrats and their liberal allies in the media,” reported ...

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Analysis: 1 woman’s prayer could shape Mississippi politics

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Amid the red dirt and hubbub of the Neshoba County Fair last week, Debbie Hood sat on a wooden bench and quietly contemplated a reporter’s question: Is she ready for her husband to run for Mississippi governor next year? She is the wife of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who’s in his fourth term as the state’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi GOP candidates quiet on Trump tariffs and bailout

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy and soybeans are a major export.   The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.    “Tariffs are the greatest,” Trump recently tweeted. But when farmers and farm state politicians started complaining, Trump suddenly came up with a scheme to provide a ...

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Senator raises more than challengers in Mississippi race

An appointed U.S. senator in Mississippi is raising more money so far than her challengers in a special election, backed by contributions from colleagues including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Campaign finance reports show Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith collected nearly $1.6 million through the end of June. That compares to $308,236 raised by Democrat Mike Espy and $272,263 raised by Republican Chris McDaniel . ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Supreme Court

This week, Ford Williams caricatures President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court by borrowing liberally from a famous Michelangelo fresco. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its third year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has lampooned Obama, Hillary, Trump, Dak, Lil’ ...

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Shad White takes oath as new state auditor in Mississippi

Mississippi’s new state auditor is pledging to protect taxpayers’ money. Shad White took his oath of office Tuesday and will fill the rest of a four-year term that ends in January 2020. Gov. Phil Bryant named him to succeed fellow Republican Stacey Pickering, who had been auditor since January 2008. Pickering stepped down to become director of the Mississippi Veterans ...

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