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BEN WILLIAMS – Summer Recess 2019: PowerScoring Trump’s judicial confirmations

The U.S. Senate concluded business on August 1, 2019, and the Senators left town to enjoy their traditional summer recesses. To date, Congress’ upper chamber has confirmed 146 Article III federal judges nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump. Some news outlets, including CNN, contend Trump is packing the federal bench in an unprecedented fashion. A front-page The New York Times ...

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Wildfires like those seen in California possible in Mississippi?

By BECKY GILLETTE The recent devastating camp fire-begun conflagration that killed 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes in California has created more awareness of the potential for devastating wildfires, said Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) Fire Chief Randy Giachelli. “The saddest part is that nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide could have been prevented with proper care,” Giachelli said. ...

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Mississippi casino sale canceled after antitrust questions

The sale of a Mississippi casino has been canceled in the face of antitrust concerns. Eldorado Resorts of Reno, Nevada, says it won’t sell Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg to Churchill Downs of Louisville, Kentucky. The sale was supposed to be a package deal in which the Kentucky company is also buying Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania. ...

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TOMMY SHEPHERD — What has to happen before the first sports wager in Mississippi?

While many media outlets have reported that Mississippi is one of a handful of states on the forefront of preparing for legal sports betting after the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, there is a great deal that must happen before a Mississippi casino may accept legal sports wagers. First, the Mississippi Gaming Commission must adopt implementing regulations. ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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Mississippi has growth potential where recycling programs are concerned

By JULIA MILLER Each day, Americans create 4 pounds of trash, and landfills fill up a little more. To help counter that, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is working with local governments to encourage recycling. “Across the state, our 60 percent of our residents have access to recycling services,” Jennifer Milner, MDEQ’s recycling coordinator, said. “Nationally, that number is ...

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Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association to educate businesses

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When one pictures Mississippi fragrant magnolias come to mind as well as seemingly endless fields of cotton.  Now picture those fields but with bright flowers from floral shops all over the South: peonies, Asiatic lilies, dahlias and even sunflowers for cutting to sell to florists.  Thus was born the state’s inaugural Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association, ...

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