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Gathering at Capitol asks for more money for two-year colleges

JACKSON — About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of the state’s 15 community colleges ...

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Budget committee adds $99M to current-year budget; $130M to next year

JACKSON — Citing better-than-expected tax collections in recent months, Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the pool of money available for the state to spend during the current and coming budget years. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee voted yesterday to add about $99 million to the budget for the current year, which ends June 30, and about $130 million to the budget ...

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Cochran: No transfer of Air Force missions without congressional OK

MERIDIAN and BILOXI — The Air Force has assured U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, that it will not act to retire hundreds of aircraft or transfer support missions, including Air Force assets at Keesler Air Force Base and Key Field Air National Guard Base, without congressional approval. The FY2013 Air Force budget ...

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Air Force's proposed budget will cost jobs at Keesler, Key

BILOXI and MERIDIAN — The Air Force’s latest budget proposal would eliminate the 917th Fighter Group, a unit of 409 part-time reservists and 171 full-time technicians, at Barksdale Air Force Base. The cuts would take effect by the end of next year on the unit’s 50th anniversary. The Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse is not slated for any Air ...

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Medicaid agency lobbies lawmakers for more funding

JACKSON — Efforts to hold the line on Mississippi’s Medicaid spending are getting more daunting. The state Medicaid agency told House members yesterday that without changes, it now needs almost $884 million for the budget year that begins July 1. That’s up from the $870 million that the agency had previously requested. Gov. Phil Bryant is only asking lawmakers for ...

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Air Force's proposed budget means job losses at Keesler, Key

BILOXI and MERIDIAN — The Air Force’s latest budget proposal would eliminate the 917th Fighter Group, a unit of 409 part-time reservists and 171 full-time technicians, at Barksdale Air Force Base. The cuts would take effect by the end of next year on the unit’s 50th anniversary. The Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse is not slated for any Air ...

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Analysis: School districts might not be able to cover budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds. Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in Bolivar County, and affluent ones ...

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City's transit system shuts down for lack of funding

MERIDIAN — Meridian’s transmit system has shut down leaving the city scurrying to meet the needs of people who relied on the buses to get around. Kirk Thompson, executive adviser to Mayor Cheri Barry, said the city hopes to get some bus service in Meridian. Meridian Transit System board president Bo Hawkins said the decision to cease operations was the ...

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USDA consolidating 11 state offices in cost-cutting move

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U. S. Department of Agriculture will consolidate 11 offices in Mississippi with other USDA offices across the country. The list includes Farm Service Agency offices in Ashland, Ackerman, Fulton, Hernando, Coffeeville, Monticello, Raleigh and Purvis. A nutrition site in Jackson, an animal plant inspection service in Gulfport, and a rural development office in DeSoto County will ...

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Ingalls could lose two cutters to federal budget cuts

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Coast Guard will not get the last two of eight planned national security cutters, under President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget request. The two cutters were not included in the Coast Guard’s five-year capital investment plan, The Mississippi Press reported. The capital investment plan outlines acquisition priorities under the limits set by the Budget Control Act of ...

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