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Only debate set for Mississippi’s hard-fought US Senate race

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, meet for their only debate Tuesday night in a contest where the incumbent’s verbal gaffes have dredged up strong emotions about Mississippi’s history of racial violence. Senate races rarely gain national attention in this deeply conservative state. But this matchup — the last major race of 2018 midterms — ...

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Former health department manager indicted for skimming cash

A former county health department worker in northeast Mississippi has been indicted for skimming cash paid by patients. Phyllis Welch of Columbus was arrested Wednesday and jailed in Lowndes County on a felony embezzlement charge. She’s pleading not guilty, with a trial set for February. State Auditor Shad White says the 55-year-old Welch stole $1,967 in patient payments from May ...

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Officials: City damaged by tornado won’t get federal funds

Officials say a Mississippi city recently hit by a tornado won’t get state or federal funding to help repair related damages. WTVA-TV reports Tupelo leaders announced Thursday that victims of the tornado, rated EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, won’t receive funding from state or federal emergency management agencies. Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis says the damage isn’t considered a ...

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Finance chief named interim chancellor at Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi administrator who’s now in charge of finance and administration will be the school’s interim chancellor after Jeffrey Vitter resigns. The state College Board on Thursday in closed session named Larry Sparks to lead the university until a permanent chancellor is named. Vitter announced last week he would step down and return to teaching effective Jan. 4. ...

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Hyde-Smith spoke of ‘difficult’ voting for liberals in video

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote. A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social media days after another video showed Hyde-Smith praising someone at a ...

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GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith will trump Espy in run-off

The hand has begun writing on the wall. The not-so-slim lady is tuning her pipes. The Nov. 27 run-off between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is all but a done deal, with Hyde-Smith the clear winner.   Barring a political miracle, that’s what the numbers and political realities say.   The numbers first.   Espy needed a strong, above average ...

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Espy, Hyde-Smith in runoff, Wicker wins other race

A Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and one of her Democratic challengers will compete in a Nov. 27 runoff. Mississippi voters will either elect a woman to the Senate for the first time ever or will send a black man to the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy ...

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