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Contract awarded for 'whistle stops' along Tanglefoot Trail

PONTOTOC — A Thaxton company has been awarded a $319,000 contract to construct four “whistle stops” along the Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi. Karen Heintze, project manager for Three Rivers Planning and Development District, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Hooker Construction Company will build “whistle stops” at Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and Houlka. “Whistle stops” will include restroom facilities, water ...

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Pediatricians supporting the expansion of Medicaid

JACKSON — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest professional organization of pediatricians in the United States and in Mississippi, favors Medicaid expansion. AAP announced its position in a news release. In part, the release said: “Pediatricians in the state of Mississippi, a predominately conservative group with conservative values, were recently surveyed about Medicaid expansion in Mississippi. The results: ...

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City asks court to toss redistricting lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a group that says the city’s redistricting plan dilutes black voting strength. The U.S. District Court lawsuit asks for a court injunction against the use of the plan in municipal elections. The city’s response denies that allegation, saying that the city admits a history ...

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Law requiring campaign finance reports often ignored

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — City clerks are required to collect campaign finance reports during local elections throughout Mississippi and deliver that information to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office, but Hosemann said he only receives the information sporadically. The law is designed to create greater transparency in local elections, making it possible to see where a candidate for mayor or alderman ...

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FAA spending cuts has airport towers closing next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Seven air traffic control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services. The shutdowns are part of the FAA’s move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. They affect mostly small- and medium-sized ...

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Bill legalizing school prayer sent to governor's desk

JACKSON — The House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that could legalize student prayer before school audiences. Senate Bill 2633 is also meant to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public schools, ensuring students can talk about spiritual beliefs and not be deprived of their rights. The House voted 108-6 for final passage of the bill yesterday without ...

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Dems look for new way to pass Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion — an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose. Democrats hold a minority of seats in the House and Senate and they’ve pushed unsuccessfully this legislative session to bring up Medicaid expansion for debate in either chamber. They sent Republican Gov. Phil ...

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State could study the structure of school boards

JACKSON — The House has given final passage to a bill to study the structure of local school boards. House members voted 66-50 for Senate Bill 2141 yesterday. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval. If approved, the study by a 13-member panel could take until 2015. Lawmakers had originally considered requiring all local school board members ...

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Superintendent wants vo-tech programs on central campus

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright wants to locate all vocational-technical programs on a central campus. The Commercial Dispatch reports Wright told the board of supervisors this week that Lowndes County is one of a few school districts that do not have a centralized vocational center. “We have put some plans together to look at doing this. The ...

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