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House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

It’s “disappointing” that President Donald Trump’s administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, made the criticism during a hearing about federal immigration raids in August at seven Mississippi chicken processing ...

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Mississippi mayor abruptly resigns after 40 years in office

The mayor of Taylor, Mississippi, has abruptly resigned after more than four decades in office. The Oxford Eagle reports James E. Hamilton sent his resignation to the Taylor Board of Aldermen this week. He also stepped down as the town’s planning administrator. No details or reasoning were provided to the public, and the newspaper says its attempts to contact Hamilton were unsuccessful. ...

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Gulfport and Starkville awarded federal money for roads

Two Mississippi cities are receiving federal grants for road construction. Both of the state’s U.S. senators and two of its representatives announced Wednesday that Gulfport will receive nearly $20.5 million and Starkville will receive nearly $12.7 million. The money for Gulfport is to add nearly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of road to connect Daniel Boulevard to existing commercial centers along ...

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U.S. Department of Labor announces Mississippian as director of the Women’s Bureau

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith is now the Director of the Department’s Women Bureau. A former Executive Director of the State Workforce Investment Board and State Early Childhood Advisory Council in Mississippi, Todd-Smith played a leading role in the creation of the Family-Based Unified and Integrated State Plan. She also served as a Senior Education ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Chaos looming for Mississippi government?

And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new Chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic? You know. The board, as usual, set up a search process including a campus advisory committee and a national search consultant. They accepted resumes and screened applicants. They announced a list of finalists, scheduled campus visits, and held initial interviews. Then, seemingly at a ...

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Analysis: Mississippi getting big turnover in state offices

No matter who wins this year’s elections, Mississippi will have its biggest turnover of state government officials in a long time. At least five of the eight statewide offices will have new occupants. Those are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. That is a contrast to 2015, when all eight statewide officials — the three above, ...

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Expanded health coverage debated in race for insurance post

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s got more work to do as he seeks a fourth term. But Democratic challenger Robert Amos says Chaney is ignoring the most important work he should be doing — advocating for more health insurance for lower-income Mississippians. The state’s chief insurance regulator wouldn’t have the power to expand coverage without support from the ...

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Hughes, Hosemann chart similar paths on schools, Medicaid

Democrat Jay Hughes spent four years in the state House staking out a place as a champion of public schools and teachers, only to end up running against three-term secretary of state Delbert Hosemann, a Republican who’s promising a teacher pay raise every year and progress toward more funding for public schools. Now, as an underdog who’s at a financial ...

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US judge not blocking multistep Mississippi election system

A federal judge has ruled that he will not immediately block Mississippi’s unique, multistep process for electing a governor and other statewide officials. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III said he would not issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the system from being used in Tuesday’s elections. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to ...

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Mississippi fiscal officer to retire, join college as CFO

Mississippi’s top fiscal officer is stepping down to become the chief financial officer at a college. Laura Jackson has led the state’s Department of Finance and Administration since 2016. She announced Thursday that she will leave state government for Mississippi College in Clinton. Jackson will retire after more than 30 years as a state employee on Jan. 15. She was ...

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