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Analysis: Even modest revenue growth good news for lawmakers

End-of-the year revenue collections suggest Mississippi’s lawmakers could have a little extra money to spend when they return for their election-year session in January 2019. Preliminary numbers released by the Legislative Budget Office show that thanks to strong May and June collections, the state’s General Fund ended $88 million over the level that budget writers had estimated back in the ...

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Shad White takes oath as new state auditor in Mississippi

Mississippi’s new state auditor is pledging to protect taxpayers’ money. Shad White took his oath of office Tuesday and will fill the rest of a four-year term that ends in January 2020. Gov. Phil Bryant named him to succeed fellow Republican Stacey Pickering, who had been auditor since January 2008. Pickering stepped down to become director of the Mississippi Veterans ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is government the problem or part of the answer to rural poverty?

Rural poverty skyrockets as jobs move away,” read a headline on TheHill.com.  “The number of rural Americans living in poverty has skyrocketed in recent years amidst an economic evolution that has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs.”    The problem is twofold, the article says – key employers in rural areas have shut down or moved away and educated ...

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Breazeale joins MDOT Public Affairs team

Jessica Breazeale of Wesson has joined the Public Affairs Division at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Breazeale will serve as Internal Communications Officer and manage the agency’s strategic communications plan for employees. She will also supervise the agency’s Public Relations Internship Program. “With her years of experience in both public relations and marketing, we are proud to welcome Jessica ...

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Reeves says he’s not to blame for planned road near his home

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he did not pressure the Mississippi Department of Transportation to build a $2 million road near his gated neighborhood. Reeves said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who is also an elected Republican, pushed for the proposed frontage road. The short segment would run next to Mississippi Highway 25, also known as Lakeland ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it is reinvestigating Till’s slaying in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after receiving “new information.” ...

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Bryant appoints Tom Koger to HCPHC

Tom Koger has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. He is a resident of Diamondhead and has lived in Hancock County for more than 50 years. He replaces Sherri Bevis who had served on the Commission since 2013. During his career, Koger worked in numerous civilian and defense space programs. As a ...

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2 go to runoff in Rankin, Simpson for Mississippi House seat

Two candidates are heading to a special election runoff to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Hayes Patrick and Price Wallace advanced from a field of five candidates Tuesday in District 77 in parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. Patrick runs a country store in Puckett, and Wallace is a farmer from Mendenhall. The runoff is July 31. The ...

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Mississippi delays road to lieutenant governor’s subdivision

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is putting the brakes on a plan to build a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. Transportation commissioners said they made the decision during conversations Tuesday. It happened after the Clarion Ledger reported that the department’s executive director, Melinda McGrath, said there was “political pressure” from the Legislature to ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi legislative district dilutes black vote

A state Senate district in Mississippi dilutes black voting power and should be redrawn, three African-American plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit asks a judge to order legislators to reconfigure the district before the 2019 state elections. District 22 has a 51 percent black voting-age population, and the suit says it lacks “real electoral opportunity” for African-Americans. ...

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