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Only quarter of eligible Mississippians join health insurance exchange so far

With a month of open enrollment left, 81,251 Mississippians have either registered or been automatically renewed for the state’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act. Still, the totals represent just 26 percent of those eligible to enroll, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Last year, Mississippi ranked 33rd in the number of eligible people who enrolled in ...

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in America under the Jones Act ...

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U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON — According to the New York Times, the United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive. The Obama administration ...

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Mississippi projects part of nearly $1 billion public-private conservation partnerships

Mississippi, the 49 other states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding for 115 high-impact conservation projects as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In turn, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment, the U.S. Department of ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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House GOP forcing 2016 debate on Social Security's finances

WASHINGTON — House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security’s disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign. The House has adopted a procedural rule that could force lawmakers to tackle the issue by the end of 2016, when the program ...

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal ...

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