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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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Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is just over $1 million to the Magee Municipal Airport for runway improvement. Other grants include $600,000 to Columbia-Marion County ...

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Alderman files suit against Moss Point mayor, city

An alderman is suing a Mississippi city and its mayor, claiming the mayor assaulted and harassed him.The Mississippi Press reports that the city of Moss Point and Mayor Mario King received a summons last week indicating Alderman Ennit Morris had filed the lawsuit. The suit claims King ordered a police officer to arrest Morris at a December executive meeting. The ...

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(WATCH VIDEO) Waller raises awareness on negative impact of Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Bill Waller for Governor campaign released a new video featuring Bill Waller in Louisiana at the Bonnet Carre Spillway that is currently flowing trillions of gallons of water into the Mississippi Sound, damaging the ecology and economy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “Last Friday, I had to go see it for myself, so I went to Louisiana to the ...

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Mississippi employer payrolls set new record high in May

Preliminary data show Mississippi’s employers had more people on the payroll than ever before in May. Payrolls — which are economists top labor market indicators — rose from 1.15 million people in April to 1.17 million people last month. A separate survey of households was less positive, with Mississippi’s jobless rate rising to 5% from 4.9% in April. That’s also ...

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Mississippi National Guard construction unit heads to Kuwait

About 160 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are headed to the Middle East for nearly a year. The city of Pascagoula held a sendoff Saturday for the 859th Engineer Company. The unit is headed first to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training. After that, National Guard spokesman Daniel Szarek says, the unit will head to Kuwait for nine months. The group includes ...

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Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people

The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government. The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers ...

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Official fell behind on property tax payments after tornado

A county supervisor in Mississippi says he fell behind on property tax payments after his business was damaged by a tornado. Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross is part owner of Southern Lanes bowling alley in Petal and the former skating rink next door. He tells the Hattiesburg American that the bowling alley was closed for more than 100 days after ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Charter school suit exposes state overreach

“People, not the government, know best how to take care of their own money,” is one of Gov. Phil Bryant’s favorite themes. You can see it reflected in his consistent opposition to federal government laws and regulations attempting to dictate public policy to Mississippians – on abortion, healthcare, gun rights, school standards, EPA rules, and more. It was there in ...

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Mississippi governor candidates split on gas tax, Medicaid

Mississippi gubernatorial candidates are divided over whether the state should expand Medicaid to the working poor and increase the gasoline tax to fund highways and bridges. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told Mississippi Press Association members Friday that he’s against both things because he wants small government. Democratic Attorney General Jim said he favors both. He said Mississippi has lost ...

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