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Mississippi agencies: Shutdown could spark worker furloughs

Mississippi’s welfare and child protection agencies could have to begin furloughing state employees without pay because federal welfare money has been interrupted by the federal government shutdown. Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis told the state House Appropriations Committee on Thursday that he needs to know by Feb. 15 if federal money will resume. If not, according to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Snyder, Foster open door to constructive conservatism

There is political language used to divide us. There is political language used to unite us. Our founding fathers utilized the language of unity. “E Pluribus Unum,” the motto emblazoned on the Great Seal of the United States of America, means “out of many, one.”  “We the people” in the preamble to the Constitution intones unity of purpose. Indeed, the ...

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Mississippi Senate transportation chair runs for commission

A Democrat who has served in the Mississippi Senate since 1993 says he’s running for transportation commissioner and wants to put more money into highways and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons of Cleveland is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Several legislative colleagues, including Republican Sens. Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg and Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula, stood with Simmons as he announced ...

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Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Nissan Motor Co. announced Thursday that it’s cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slowing sales for vans and Titan pickup trucks that it makes there. The move follows Nissan’s December announcement that it’s cutting 1,000 jobs at two Mexican factories. Reports in May indicated the Japanese automaker would cut production by up to 20 ...

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Government shutdown leaves Mississippi’s NASA employees, contractors without pay

By LISA MONTI NASA’s name is on Stennis Space Center’s front gate but nobody in the space agency is working inside its sprawling facility in Hancock County. NASA employees and their contractors haven’t been on the payroll since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Phone calls to offices go to voice mail and some parking lots are empty. The ...

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Mississippi lawmakers react to Gov. Bryant’s speech

A sampling of reaction from legislators to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s 2019 State of the State speech, his eighth and last address: » Rep. Robert Johnson III, a Natchez Democrat, said he sees Mississippi’s economy in a dimmer light than Bryant: “The state is losing population and economically. Although the governor has done a fine job of maintaining the status ...

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Bryant pushes teacher pay, school safety in State of State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant used his final State of the State speech Tuesday to look back on his two terms and to offer proposals for his final year in office. Bryant, a Republican, asked lawmakers to enact a teacher pay raise and to approve a school safety program. He mentioned concerns about active shooters in U.S. schools, but did not ...

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Mississippi House: Power cooperatives could offer internet

With rural residents facing few choices for high speed internet, Mississippi lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a measure that would allow the state’s electric cooperatives to offer the service. The House voted 115-3 to approve House Bill 366 , sending it to the Senate for more debate. The measure would allow Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives to form subsidiaries to offer ...

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Mississippi governor giving final State of the State speech

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is outlining policy priorities for his eighth and final year in office. The Republican is giving his State of the State speech Tuesday evening at the state Capitol. Bryant is limited to two terms and cannot seek re-election this year. Mississippi governors typically use the State of the State speech to reflect on the economy, education, ...

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