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Mayor: Mississippi city tightens spending belt; saves $800K

Columbus officials say the city was on its way into debt but has turned its finances around, saving about $805,000 since March. The Commercial Dispatch reports Columbus Mayor Robert Smith told councilmen Monday that the city saved about $329,000 while adding $476,000 to unbudgeted revenue. Accountant Mike Crowder in March told the city they’d be more than $300,000 in debt ...

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Mississippi runoff in-person absentee voting ends Saturday

Saturday is the deadline for people to cast in-person absentee ballots for Mississippi runoff elections. Circuit clerks’ offices are scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. People mailing back their absentee ballots must have the envelope postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, the day before the runoffs. Republicans have runoffs for governor, attorney general and northern district transportation commissioner. ...

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Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor’s race

The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor says no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood says Thursday that he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night between Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. Hood said ...

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Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return of $1 trillion annual deficits comes despite Trump’s vow when running for office that he ...

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Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they’ve had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including restricting abortion. “We disagreed on a couple of budget items here and ...

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Dem governor candidate Hood: Cut Mississippi grocery tax

The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Wednesday that he wants to reduce the state’s 7% grocery sales tax to give working people a break. Attorney General Jim Hood told The Associated Press that he wants to at least cut it in half and possibly eliminate it altogether. Appearing at a locally owned grocery store in the Delta town of ...

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Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn’t undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod not guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge during a one-day ...

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Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that “two good people” are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as state treasurer, and Bill Waller Jr. is a retired chief justice of the ...

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Huawei expects no relief from US sanctions but is confident

The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday he expects no relief from U.S. export curbs because of the political climate in Washington but expressed confidence the company will thrive because it is developing its own technology. Ren Zhengfei also said he doesn’t want relief from U.S. sanctions if it requires China to make concessions in a tariff war, ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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