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BILL CRAWFORD — Ignored problems don’t disappear, they become crises

Mississippi’s prison crisis is about to teach new legislators a hard lesson. “Prison brass warned of dangerous conditions a year ago, but lawmakers did not act,” read the headline in Mississippi Today following gang violence and deaths in Mississippi prisons. That was just the latest warning. In 2012, then Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps, now in prison ...

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Payment dispute keeps vet from using prosthetic legs

An Army veteran in Mississippi who served in Vietnam and Iraq says a dispute over payments has left him unable to use a pair of expensive prosthetic legs. Jerry Holliman, 69, told the Clarion Ledger the Veterans Affairs department wouldn’t pay for the legs. And he says he doesn’t think he should have to make a Medicare co-payment. “Medicare did not send ...

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Both parties in new Mississippi Senate leadership roles

Mississippi’s new Republican lieutenant governor is putting together a bipartisan leadership team in the state Senate for the new four-year term. Delbert Hosemann was inaugurated to the state’s second-highest office Thursday and announced committees of the 52-member Senate on Friday. He told senators to spend the weekend thinking about their priorities and to return to the Capitol next week ready ...

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Man gets 4-year prison term for $12 million tax return scam

A St. Louis-area man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a tax return scheme that netted nearly $900,000. A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo, who agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in September. Federal prosecutors said Taiwo, co-conspirator Kevin Williams and others obtained personal information from people, including through a data breach at ...

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Storms with hurricane-force winds, huge hail threaten South

Hurricane-force wind gusts and hail the size of baseballs could accompany potent storms that also threaten to spin up tornadoes and drench the South with heavy rains, forecasters said Friday. The national Storm Prediction Center said more than 18 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma will be at an enhanced risk of storms Friday that could include strong tornadoes and ...

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Mississippi, lacking guards, sends inmates to private prison

Mississippi’s prison system signed a 90-day contract to shift 375 inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to a nearby private lockup, saying it doesn’t have the guards to safely keep the inmates in state custody in the wake of recent violence. The state and CoreCivic announced the contract Thursday, a day after it was signed. The inmates were ...

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7 of 8 Mississippi statewide officials are inaugurated

Mississippi’s new lieutenant governor, Republican Delbert Hosemann, said immediately after his inauguration Thursday that he wants to work with all lawmakers to improve education, enact pay raises for state employees and address problems in a state’s prison system that has been rocked by deadly violence. “We’re all in this together,” Hosemann told lawmakers and other officials in a crowded House ...

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Biloxi councilman challenging US Rep. Palazzo in GOP primary

A Republican city official says he will try to unseat one of Mississippi’s Republican members of Congress. Biloxi City Councilman Robert Deming is filing papers Thursday to challenge U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in south Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo filed qualifying papers Wednesday. Friday is the deadline for candidates to file qualifying papers to run for one U.S. Senate seat ...

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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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