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Lawmakers' disagreement shows divide over Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Two lawmakers who spoke at a press luncheon yesterday disagreed about whether Mississippi should expand Medicaid, reflecting the partisan split that left the health program in limbo when the House and Senate ended their three-month session last week. Democratic Sen. David Blount, of Jackson, said adding an estimated 300,000 people to Medicaid — most of them working poor ...

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Mayor wants amount state says he must repay reduced

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. The Commercial Appeal reports Davis is scheduled to be in chancery court in Jackson tomorrow. Davis argues his reimbursements followed state law. He says contends that he had the authority ...

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Cleanup of debris from Feb. 10 tornado almost complete

PINE BELT — Officials are nearing the end of the debris cleanup from the Feb. 10 tornado that struck northeastern Lamar County, Hattiesburg and Petal. The Hattiesburg American reports Petal wrapped up its debris cleanup efforts March 22. Mayor Hal Marx says the cleanup tab was approximately $100,000. In Hattiesburg, John Brown, assistant to the mayor, said the final day ...

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Insurance firm found guilty of Katrina-related fraud

GULFPORT — A federal jury has found State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government and submitted a false record to support fraud after Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald reports the verdict came after the eight-member jury deliberated for three hours Monday in a whistleblower lawsuit. The decision potentially opens for examination thousands of post-Katrina flood ...

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Demolition of factory ongoing; creating greenspace by river

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez is converting the site of an old pecan factory in the Mississippi River bluff into greenspace. The Natchez Democrat reports workers have been removing the concrete foundation, retaining walls and driveway at the factory site. Mayor Butch Brown said once the concrete is removed and the site cleaned up, the city plans to haul ...

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Officials unveil multi-million-dollar plan to enhance highway

EAST MISSISSIPPI — State transportation officials expect to spend about $2 million on improvements to Mississippi Highway 182. The Commercial Dispatch reports Starkville city engineer Edward Kemp told local officials work would include overlaying the road’s surface within city limits, developing landscape islands, improving sidewalk access and re-pouring driveways. Kemp said bid advertisements are expected to begin in June and ...

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Airport tower manager, crew to be out of work

TUPELO — Despite a temporary reprieve, Doug Metz and his four co-workers still face unemployment. Metz is the air traffic control manager at Tupelo Regional Airport, where the tower is among 149 across the country being closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 15. An air traffic controller with more than 30 years of experience, Metz has been working ...

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Va. gubernatorial candidate 'quietly' resigned from GreenTech

HORN LAKE — Democratic Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe quietly gave up his position as chairman of a company that makes small electric cars in December, but never announced his departure. The former Democratic National Committee chairman’s exit from GreenTech Automotive under growing media scrutiny was first reported by Politico. McAuliffe’s campaign never disclosed his departure, even as he campaigned ...

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One casino adding revenue while the other spruces up

NATCHEZ — Three months after Natchez’s second casino began play, gaming revenue is up in the city, but insiders warn it’s too early to bet on the increase holding or folding. Natchez gaming revenues for December, January and February increased over the same months last year. The Natchez Democrat reports figures from the Natchez City Clerk’s office show the biggest ...

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