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BILL CRAWFORD — Sticking with Trump risky for conservative, moral Republicans

Just before Christmas, a moral dilemma faced by many Republicans was exposed by Christianity Today. While they like many of President Donald Trump’s policies, they object to his shameful behavior. “None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character,” wrote the respected evangelical magazine. “This president has ...

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Analysis: House speaker bringing policy proposals later

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has a broad idea about what he wants lawmakers to consider in 2020. However, he says he’s waiting to see specific proposals about teacher pay raises, roads and bridges, health care and other issues. “We’re going to continue to look at infrastructure, continue to look at the budget, continue to look at education – the ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK — Ebbers paid the price for greed

Many thought Enron Corp. execs got off relatively easy for all their fraudulence, then came Bernie Ebbers. The public, whose sentiment can influence the courts, felt that it was time to make up for Enron so they slammed Ebbers, the Mississippi-based telecom sensation, and gave him a stiffer sentence for the failure of WorldCom. He got 25 years and lost his half-million-acre ...

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Analysis: Hosemann says he’s ready to work as lt. governor

Mississippi’s incoming lieutenant governor is setting an ambitious agenda for his first year in office. Republican Delbert Hosemann will be sworn in Jan. 9, along with most of the other statewide elected officials. That’s two days after the legislative session begins and five days before the current lieutenant governor, Republican Tate Reeves, will be inaugurated as governor. Hosemann is wrapping ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — What will shine brightest this Christmas season?

For those Americans who celebrate the real reason for Christmas, joy at this time of year comes from much more than sparkling trees and glittery presents. It is a joy like no other for  souls who have been ignited by the coming of the Light of the World. It is also a time for those joyous souls to shine for ...

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ROGER WICKER: Country’s economy booming, no sign of stopping

America is currently experiencing its longest economic expansion in history. However, even after 125 months of positive news, November’s jobs report was a stunning blockbuster. According to the Department of Labor, wages are rising while we added 266,000 new jobs, well over the expected 180,000. Ten years after the Great Recession, policies like tax reform, regulatory rollback, and energy independence ...

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TODD SMITH — Google reveals most searched phrases of 2019

Let’s face it, we live in an online search world. Need a quick answer to anything under the sun or around the world? It’s only a click away on your web browser. What did we do before Google? Or Bing? Or Yahoo? Or Wikipedia? We were constantly dashing for the encyclopedia, searching for the World Book – or forgetting about ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Update on PFAS regulatory actions for drinking water

The EPA is moving forward on the drinking water component of its PFAS action plan by requesting the Office of Management review its proposed regulatory determinations for two types of PFAS. This is a definite step toward developing formal drinking water standards called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA can legally enforce how much ...

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ANALYSIS: Defeated lawmaker questions validity of election

A one-term state lawmaker in Mississippi is contesting her narrow loss in the general election, saying she believes voting irregularities raise questions about the fairness of the election process. Republican Ashley Henley has filed a petition asking the House of Representatives to toss out the election results and declare the seat vacant. That declaration would lead to another election. On ...

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LAW ELEVATED: 1.2 million reasons to protect your business or practice

» Orthopedic Group settlement provides 1.2M reasons for health-care providers to ensure fraud & abuse law compliance A recent health-care fraud investigation and settlement demonstrates three important reminders for health care providers: 1. The federal government is serious about its commitment to holding providers accountable under fraud and abuse laws. 2. The government’s enforcement efforts include not only large hospital ...

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