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Interior Department cuts federal mineral payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to 35 states by about $110 million this fiscal year as part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced this week that his state faces the biggest cut — at least $53 million over the next five months. Wyoming ...

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Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally at Capitol

JACKSON — More than 200 health advocates, doctors and others rallied at the Mississippi Capitol yesterday, asking legislators to expand Medicaid to the working poor. Expansion appears unlikely, however, because it’s opposed by Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican leaders in the state House and Senate. The three-month legislative session is scheduled to end April 7. Sam Cameron, president and CEO ...

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Governor wants anti-abortion supporter on Health Board

RIDGELAND — Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland for a six-year term on the state Board of Health. Herring’s is one of several nominations awaiting consideration in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. If confirmed by a majority of the Senate, Herring would serve this July 1 through June 30, 2019. Republican Bryant nominated ...

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Ex-tax return preparer's federal court appeal fails

OXFORD — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of an Oxford tax return preparer for filing dozens of false returns. Thelbert Lamont Lesure was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 for filing false tax returns. Lesure was indicted on 21 counts. He pleaded guilty one count of knowingly preparing and transmitting a fraudulent tax return ...

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Governor chooses ex-aide to lead Marine Resources

BILOXI — Gov. Phil Bryant has chosen former congressional aide Jamie Miller to lead the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Miller, 40, has previously served as district director and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, Pascagoula deputy city manager and a coastal ecologist for DMR. “My choice for executive director has both knowledge and experience,” Bryant said. “He’s ...

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Airport building massive navigation system tower

MADISON — It’s six stories high, nearly as wide as a football field and is peeking out above trees near the Madison airport. Public works official Tommy Boxx tells WLBT-TV in Jackson the large dish on stilts has a Vortac navigation system. According to a federal aviation guide, Vortac gives pilots the bearing and range of an airport. Pilots use the ...

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Legislators discussing bonds for Nissan or supplier

CANTON —-Mississippi lawmakers are considering giving a Madison County development agency $100 million in bonding capacity that would be used to construct buildings for Nissan Motor Co. or a supplier of the automaker. The Madison County Economic Development Authority would issue the taxable industrial development bonds, which the occupant would repay. Officials say that creditors would not be able to ...

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