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Assistant tax collector indicted on in-county travel pay

The Mississippi auditor is demanding that an assistant tax collector pay more than $19,800 to the county where she works. Auditor Shad White says in a news release Monday that a Harrison County grand jury has indicted Denise Gill on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government. An auditor’s demand letter says Gill is accused of improperly ...

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Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he’s proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest expense would be $75 million to community colleges for workforce training. “I believe in Mississippi; we need ...

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DENNIS SEID: Mississippi’s meat law meets new level of meat-headedness

Mississippi has a beef with purveyors of plant-based “meat” products, it seems. In a law that went into effect July 1, “A plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.” According to supporters of the law, which includes the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the law was passed in order to protect consumers from those meat-free products made ...

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Analysis: Charter board could face school closure decision

If you thought opening charter schools was a tough task in Mississippi, wait until state officials start considering whether to close them. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board could have to make that decision in coming months, as Mississippi’s first two charter schools complete their initial five-year contracts. Reimagine Prep and Midtown Public Charter School, which both serve students in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Course changes needed for Mississippi? Yes or no?

Happy with the way things are going in Mississippi and want to stay the course? Then Tate Reeves is probably your choice for Governor. Stay the course is pretty much his campaign message. Not so happy with the way things are going? Well, if you want a conservative Republican to guide course changes, then Bill Waller or Robert Foster should ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The time is now when it comes to Mississippi’s state flag

Symbols are extremely important in our culture and society as they serve as a connection to something greater than our immediate daily lives.  Symbols can represent a collective ideology or a set of norms that guide a community of people, a state or a nation.  Symbols are powerful and can elicit intense positive and negative emotions. Symbols can serve as ...

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UPDATE: Sun-n-Sand still to be razed but sign will be saved

By Jack Weatherly Two historic downtown landmarks have been purchased by the state Department of Finance and Administration for about $2.3 million. The Sun-n-Sand motor hotel on Lamar Street earned a colorful history as a gathering place for legislators to hash out bills outside the glare of public scrutiny. The other property is the former Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home ...

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Lawsuit: Age discrimination, harassment by Moss Point mayor

Eleven people are suing the mayor of a Mississippi city over claims of age discrimination and harassment. News outlets report the lawsuit was filed July 2 against Moss Point Mayor Mario King. Most of the plaintiffs are current or former Moss Point employees. They accuse King of forcing older employees to retire or resign so he could hire millennials. They ...

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Candidate: Woman reporter must be joined by male colleague

A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague. Larrison Campbell with the online publication Mississippi Today says she requested to “shadow” Robert Foster to report about his campaign before the Aug. 6 primary, and his campaign director, Colton Robison, told her Foster ...

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Mississippi human services director retiring at end of July

The executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services will retire soon. John Davis said this week that his last day will be July 31. He has worked for the agency for 28 years and has been in the top job since Republican Gov. Phil Bryant chose him for it in early 2016. The agency says Davis has overseen ...

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