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Atlanta lays claim to Dixie's 'Most Miserable' metropolis

The late humorist Lewis Grizzard had a standard refrain for Northerners who complained about life in his beloved Atlanta: “Delta is ready when you are.” For a little variation, he would sometimes remind them that “Interstate-75 goes both ways.” It’s perhaps well and good that the longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist is not around to hear today’s news. Atlanta landed the ...

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White House: Miss. education, social services, defense jobs will bear brunt of fiscal sequester

Here is the White House says the across-the-board automatic budget cuts set to begin Friday under the fiscal sequester deal between Congress and the Obama Administration will mean for Mississippi. The cuts threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform. MISSISSIPPI IMPACTS ...

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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against federal Medicaid expansion efforts. However, ...

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Mississippi motorists wincing at pump as gas prices climb

Gasoline prices nationally have climbed 42 cents in the last 30 days, with much of that coming in the past few days. At the same time, Jackson prices are heading to $3.60 a gallon and beyond, making those $3.10 and $3.15 a gallon prices of mid January a fond but distant memory. The Biloxi Sun-Herald, meanwhile, reports increases along the ...

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Treasurer’s student financial literacy bill up to Senate

  Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is halfway to her goal of initiating financial literacy requirements in the state’s public high schools. Her proposal, contained in House Bill 637, cleared the House Wednesday on an 118-1 vote. Similar support in the Senate would assure easy sailing for the measure. However, if the Senate does not act on its financial literacy bill ...

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Cochran says Hagel should ‘not be denied’ Senate vote as defense chief

Several media reports have listed Mississippi’s Thad Cochran as among at least two Senate Republicans who will support allowing a full Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Late Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats were forcing a vote to end debate on the nomination of Hagel, bringing to a head a showdown over the confirmation of the former Republican ...

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Clinton mayor wants competition – not politics — to decide DOR issue

Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman very much wants the Mississippi Department of Revenue to move its headquarters to the former WorldCom headquarters, now South Point Business Park. What Aultman says she doesn’t want, however, is for legislative politics to decide the outcome. If the DOR moves to Clinton’s South Pointe, she wants her town to win the competition on its merits ...

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