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Jury finds Miss. agency discriminated against female worker

A female employee of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety was awarded more than $46,000 by a federal jury that found the agency discriminated against her because she is a woman. Ola Kirk, a master sergeant in the department’s Driver Services Division, filed a lawsuit in 2014 claiming she had been passed over for promotion to lieutenant because of her ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Mississippi’s prescient governor

Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant endured some rancorous criticism for his decision to forgo an expanded Medicaid program.  Now, with actual data refuting the doctored projections used to originally support expansion, the twice-elected governor is “looking prescient” – to borrow a phrase from a Wall Street Journal editorial. Background on ACA and Medicaid Expansion The 2,700-page 2010 federal Patient Protection and ...

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No funding map, lawmakers say property-rich areas won’t lose

JEFF AMY, Associated Press It could be weeks before Mississippians see any real proposals from their representatives on a new school funding formula, but some lawmakers said Tuesday they won’t require any districts to contribute more property taxes — something that could markedly drive up costs of other changes recommended by a consultant. The Senate Education and House Appropriations committees ...

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AP: Trump’s voter fraud expert registered in 3 states

A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned. Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and ...

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Bill could build up power of Mississippi governor

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant could get a chance to assert direct control over three large state agencies, enhancing his power in a state where the governor has traditionally been weak in comparative power to the Legislature. Senate Bill 2567, passed Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would let the governor appoint the leaders of the state Health Department, Mental ...

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Senate passes ‘Blue Lives’ bill, House eyes alternate plan

A bill that would double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics passed the Mississippi Senate by a 37-13 vote Thursday, despite impassioned cries against it from African-American senators. Senate Bill 2469 , a “Blue Lives Matter” proposal that moves onto the House, says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police officers, firefighters or ...

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In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama’s agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat “one of the most consequential presidents in recent history.” Lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under Obama’s signature health care law, among other things. However, the Senate adopted a resolution Thursday saying the first ...

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Hood suggests that regulatory definition may suffice to curb physician-patient sex

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is contemplating developing a statutory definition of “inappropriate sexual contact” between a physician and a patient. If written and passed by the Legislature, that could solve the challenge of passing a bill that would criminalize sexual misconduct by physicians. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: So, you’re thinking of running for mayor

With the March 3rd qualifying deadline only a few weeks away, decision time is drawing nigh for those considering running for mayor or other municipal office. To assist in that endeavor, we have put together a list of questions that should be answered by any person considering a run for mayor. The first question is the most important one because it ...

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Corporate tax collections main culprit in revenue decline

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Corporate tax collections peaked in Mississippi in fiscal year 2015 at $714.1 million, just as overall tax collections peaked for the state during the same time period. But the following fiscal year, overall revenue collections from taxes, assessments and earnings on state investments were $34.3 million less than the prior year. It marked only the ...

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