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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum gives deep look at galleries

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is offering a series of programs to give visitors a deep look at each of its eight galleries. A free presentation examines the museum’s first gallery, Mississippi Freedom Struggle, which tells about slavery and emancipation. It begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. A news release from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History says the program ...

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Mississippi town owes debt over employee retirement funds

A Mississippi town has agreed to pay tax lien of more than $30,000 because it improperly managed employee retirement funds. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Internal Revenue Service previously ordered Lowndes County Tax Assessor Greg Andrews to divert all of the town of Crawford’s license plate collections toward paying the lien. That was about $1,000 a month. Crawford appealed, and ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Mississippi lottery could start selling tickets in late 2019

The new Mississippi Lottery could start selling tickets sometime during the final half of this year, a board member for the Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Monday. Gerard Gibert told The Associated Press that the board in recent weeks has hired the Balch & Bingham law firm, which has offices in Mississippi and other states. He said the board will soon ...

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Mississippi to build facility for medically fragile children

A new law says Mississippi can borrow money to build a long-term care facility for children with complex medical conditions. Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed House Bill 1160 , which authorizes the state to issue up to $12.5 million in bonds to finance the facility in east Jackson. Lawmakers said it will provide a home-like setting for a small ...

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Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers seek early exit to session

Mississippi lawmakers are aiming for an early end to their scheduled 90-day session. This is the fourth and final year of the current term, and most members of the House and Senate are seeking re-election. Finishing early gives all representatives and senators more time with their families and their other jobs (legislating is a part-time gig, after all). And an ...

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Analysis: Lawyers urged for parents in foster care cases

It sounds counterintuitive. But Mississippi officials say parents who are about to lose their children to child welfare authorities do better when they’re represented by lawyers in youth court. So officials are asking for more state money to pay for more lawyers. Supporters of the plan, including state Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam and Child Protective Services Commissioner Jess Dickinson, ...

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Furniture maker to expand in north Mississippi

A company that makes upholstered furniture is investing $2.5 million to expand its operations in north Mississippi, with plans to hire 30 new workers. Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery announced Thursday that it would increase furniture production at its New Albany plant to meet growing demand. The company makes pieces for associated company City Furniture, a Florida-based furniture retailer with 19 ...

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Lawmakers advance pay raise for Mississippi county officials

A proposed pay raise for many elected county officials in Mississippi is advancing. The House voted 93-14 on Wednesday for Senate Bill 2827 , which would be financed by increased fees for filing government documents and court cases. The Senate and House must resolve differences before the measure goes to the governor. Pay for county supervisors would increase by $10,000 ...

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Mississippi River flooding shuts down Tunica County casino

A north Mississippi casino is closed because Mississippi River flooding is partially covering its access road. Local media report the Fitz Casino in Tunica County closed Sunday at the behest of county emergency managers. The casino says on its Facebook page that there’s no flooding in its parking lot or casino. The county’s other six casinos remain open. County Emergency ...

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