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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans let Trump spend more than Obama

In December 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed the Gramm-Ruddman Act mandating a balanced federal budget by fiscal year 1991. “The American people expect their elected officials to take action now to reduce the size of government and to set upon a reasonable and equitable course to eliminate federal budget deficits,” the conservative, Republican president said. It took until 2001 and ...

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Mississippi Lottery transfers nearly $13 million for May

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) completed its May transfer of $12,728,965.17 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury. This brings the total amount deposited to the state to $60,006,706.47 since launch on November 25, 2019. “Raising funds to benefit Mississippi’s roads, bridges and education is a top priority,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “We are already ...

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NCAA: No championships in states with confederate symbol

The NCAA’s Board of Governors put its clout behind a change in Mississippi’s state flag with a dramatic move on Friday morning. The NCAA panel expanded its “Confederate flag policy” to prevent any championship events from being played “in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.” As the statement from the Boad of Governors noted, “Mississippi is the only ...

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Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag

The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag. “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to ...

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Mississippi gov says he should have worn mask at funeral

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that because of the coronavirus pandemic, he should have worn a mask during a funeral a day earlier where hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered to honor a Simpson County deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty. “I did have a mask. It was in my pocket. I should have put it on,” Reeves ...

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Robinson named FCS ADA president; first African-American to assume role

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has selected Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University (JSU), to serve as President for the 2020-21 membership year. “It’s an honor to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” said Robinson, who begins his second year at the ...

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MSU places first in nationwide banking case study competition

Mississippi State University placed first in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors 2020 Community Bank Case Study Competition. Mississippi State University, along with 37 teams from 33 colleges and universities in 18 states studied the impact of the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA-AML) requirements of community banks. Student teams partnered with a local community bank to examine challenges, associated time ...

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Senators block ex-lawmaker’s nomination to education board

A Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate committee on Thursday blocked Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’s nomination of a former lawmaker to serve on the state Board of Education, drawing criticism from the governor. Reeves nominated Nancy Collins of Tupelo to serve on the nine-member board in January, during his final days as lieutenant governor. The nomination was retroactive to July, and it is for a ...

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Origin Bank President Lance Hall promoted to CEO

Origin Bank has announced that it has promoted President Lance Hall to the role of bank Chief Executive Officer. Hall has served the organization for over 20 years in various roles including Louisiana State President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer, managing the bank’s operations, technology, strategic planning and brand teams. “Lance has done a tremendous job as President ...

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Delta Council latest to disown state flag, urging it be changed quickly

By TED CARTER In another sign that momentum is building among civic institutions for ridding the Mississippi flag of the Confederate battle emblem, the Mississippi Delta Council has concluded the flag must change to reflect today’s Mississippi. Otherwise, Mississippi is left with a flag that  reflects slavery and a rebellion against the United States, contend the Council and other civic ...

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