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New chief takes oath of office for Mississippi Choctaw tribe

A new chief has been sworn in for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Cyrus Ben took his oath of office Tuesday, becoming the fifth chief since the tribe received federal recognition in 1945. Ben is a businessman and former tribal council member. He defeated Chief Phyliss J. Anderson by a wide margin in a runoff election July 2. Anderson ...

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Mississippi sees revenue increase in most recent budget year

Mississippi government collected nearly 5% more money during the state budget year that recently ended than it did the previous year. Newly released information from the Legislative Budget Office shows that’s an increase of about $278 million. Total state revenue was nearly $6 billion during fiscal 2019, which ended June 30. It was about $5.7 billion in 2018. Most of ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Redistricting on the horizon

The United States Constitution mandates a census every ten years to count every United States resident. The next census will occur next year, in 2020. The political redistricting process, whereby the boundaries of political districts (such as congressional, state legislative, school, etc.) are redrawn to reflect changes in population, follows closely the publication of the census results. The United States ...

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Analysis: Mississippi candidates split on school vouchers

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents’ Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not. Reeves, the second-term lieutenant governor and former two-term state treasurer, also did not appear last month at a Mississippi Professional Educators board meeting in Biloxi. His campaign spokesman, Parker Briden, said Reeves had an event ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Political ad bombardment coming as Aug. 6 primaries near

Four weeks. Only four more weeks until Mississippi’s August primaries. It will be a super quick four weeks if you’re a candidate. There’s just never enough time to do everything you meant to do, they told you to do, or you ought to do. It will be a long, arduous four weeks if you’re already tired of political advertising. Every ...

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Schipper receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

Michele Schipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. At the ceremony are, from left, Lt. Col. R. Robert Bartran III, Battalion Commander of the 112th Military Police Battalion Mississippi Army National Guard and Full-Time Mobilization Readiness Officer for the Mississippi National Guard; ...

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Vicksburg District announces annual Engineer’s Day awards

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District hosted its annual Engineer’s Day awards ceremony, honoring employees with individual awards: Colby Bankston, Real Estate Division, received the Employee of the Year Award for his accomplishments and excellence in contributing to the district’s mission, his demonstration of Army and USACE values and his leadership and mentorship. William Shows, Engineering and ...

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CPRAM selects Board of Directors

The College of Public Relations Association of Mississippi elected its Board of Directors for 2019-2020. They are, front row, from left: Kell Smith of Mississippi Community College Board, government agencies representative; Sophie Wolf of Institutions of Higher Learning, president-elect; Pam Starling of the University of Mississippi, senior institutions representative; Maria McLeod of East Central Community College, hospitality chair. Middle row: ...

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Cannady confirmed to serve 2nd term on appraisal board

Norman A. Cannady, Jr. was confirmed by the Senate to serve a second term on the Mississippi Appraisal Board. Gov. Phil Bryant first appointed Cannady to represent the Third Congressional District in January 2015. Cannady will continue to serve on the Board through the end of 2023. Cannady was elected Tax Assessor of Madison County in 2015 and assumed the ...

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Absentee voting begins for Mississippi party primaries

Mississippi voters can start casting absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 party primaries for governor and other statewide, regional, legislative and county offices. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says circuit clerks began accepting absentee ballots Monday. People may vote absentee for several reasons, including if they will be out of town on election day, if they are temporarily or permanently ...

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