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Analysis: Mississippi abortion bills invite more litigation

Mississippi lawmakers acknowledge they are inviting a new court fight over banning most abortions at about six weeks into pregnancy, even as the state remains enmeshed in a fight over a 15-week ban. Soon after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the 15-week ban into law in 2018, the only abortion clinic in the state filed a lawsuit. A federal judge ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: More than Presidents Day has morphed into the mundane

Established in 1885 on February 22nd to venerate George Washington’s birthday, Presidents Day in 1971 was moved to the third Monday in February to accommodate three-day weekends for federal employees. It then morphed into a celebration of all presidents. Today it has morphed again into just another day when the Post Office and banks are closed. Much else our nation ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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Fed chairman: Rural areas have not benefited from national prosperity

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell does not feel the probability of a recession “is at all elevated,” and that the country is continuing to see solid economic growth. But in a visit to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta, Powell says that many rural areas have not benefited from the national prosperity. He says those areas need special ...

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Hood: GOP control hurts ‘working people’ in Mississippi

Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that if he’s elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries. “The working people have been kicked to the curb. They’re not in the back rooms when the deals are made at the Legislature,” Hood said Monday at a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Constructive conservatism needed to thwart rise of Socialism

What would Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, think of capitalism in America today? You see, it was Smith’s notion that despite natural greed, individuals in a free, capitalistic society would be led by “reason, principle, conscience” to act morally and compassionately. Capitalism would be the economic mechanism by which wage earners and the middle class would accumulate wealth. ...

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Analysis: Budget cuts have long-term effect on libraries

Mississippi public libraries are still feeling the sting of state budget cuts that happened years ago. Some library leaders say they have had to trim services such as summer reading programs for children. Some have cut back on community outreach programs, such as using vans that take reading materials to nursing homes. Others are having a hard time building meager ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What a disappointing tax season

Started your tax return yet? I have and it’s so disappointing. I had looked forward to the simpler, easier tax filing promised by President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Take the increased standard deduction and forget all that work to compile medical and dental expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, charitable contributions, and so on. This was going to be a breeze. ...

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Top Republican outraises top Dem for Mississippi governor

The Republican lieutenant governor has raised far more money than the Democratic attorney general in the open race for Mississippi governor. Candidates had a Thursday deadline to report how much money their campaigns collected and spent during 2018. In the Republican primary for governor, second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Flowood reported having $6.7 million on hand at the end ...

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Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

Mississippi legislators are making their opening bids on an increase in teacher pay, although there may be sweeter offers to come. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000. That would boost the starting pay for a teacher ...

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