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Analysis: Ballot titles important in school funding fight

  There’s a good reason that attorneys have committed hours to researching, writing and arguing about two brief items that will appear on the Mississippi ballot this November. Both items deal with the state’s commitment to education funding. If one of them becomes part of the state constitution, it could shape the Legislature’s budget-writing process for decades to come. That ...

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Search for Coast Coliseum director down to 4

BILOXI — Four candidates remain for the jobs of executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The Coliseum Commission on Thursday whittled the applications down from 18 to four. The new director will replace Bill Holmes, who is retiring in August. The names of the four candidates have not been released. Commission member Mark Mavar told The ...

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McComb board clarifies political sign laws

MCCOMB — The city of McComb has amended an ordinance to remove regulations on political campaign signs placed on private property. “No local, state or federal law can limit what private citizens post on their property,” city attorney Wayne Dowdy told the board this week. The previous ordinance forbade any campaign signs within 60 days of an election. The Enterprise-Journal ...

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Most Miss. incumbents ahead of challengers in fundraising

JACKSON — Most of Mississippi’s statewide elected officials are raising and spending more campaign cash than their challengers, according to finance reports filed before a Wednesday deadline. Three Republican incumbents — Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann — each reported more than $1 million cash on hand through May 31, far outpacing their ...

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Choctaw Chief Anderson in runoff with former chief

PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson will face former chief Beasley Denson in a runoff. Complete, but unofficial, returns show Anderson leading six other candidates in her re-election bid. There are more than 300 absentee ballots to be counted. A runoff election date has not been set, but it must be no more than 30 days from Tuesday’s ...

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Report: Mississippi’s economy was in recession in 2013 and 2014

Associated Press  Tepid growth in jobs, income and certain taxes had suggested Mississippi’s economy wasn’t growing very fast in recent years. But new figures released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show the state’s economy was actually in recession in 2013 and 2014. The numbers show Mississippi’s economy shrank by 1.2 percent in 2014, the only state besides ...

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State Auditor issues demand against former Tallahatchie deputy clerk

State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced Wednesday that Essie Adams, former Deputy Clerk with the Tallahatchie County Tax Collector’s Office, has been indicted by a Tallahatchie County Grand Jury on one count of embezzlement. Adams surrendered herself to Special Agents of the Auditor’s Office and was arrested today and booked into the Tallahatchie County Jail. Adams, 42, is accused of pocketing funds ...

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Mississippi Association of REALTORS endorses Joel Bomgar

The Mississippi Association of REALTORS has announced its endorsement of Joel Bomgar for the Republican primary in Mississippi House of Representatives District 58. Derek Easley, Governmental Affairs Director for MARPAC, said, “As Mississippi’s largest business trade association with over 5,500 members statewide, we are proud to endorse Joel and his efforts to be the next representative for District 58.”  MARPAC’s mission is to ...

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