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Fisher retiring as Mississippi commissioner of public safety

The Mississippi commissioner of public safety is stepping down as the state prepares to move from one governor to the next. Marshall Fisher announced his retirement in a news release Tuesday, his final day on the job. The release said the longtime law enforcement officer would “pursue other opportunities,” but did not specify what they are. “I am deeply grateful ...

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Head of Mississippi foster care agency retiring in January

The leader of Mississippi’s long-scrutinized foster care agency is retiring next month shortly after a new governor takes office. Jess Dickinson sent a letter to current Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday, saying that Jan. 16 will be his last day as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. Dickinson previously served as a circuit court judge and then ...

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Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he’s proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest expense would be $75 million to community colleges for workforce training. “I believe in Mississippi; we need ...

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Analysis: Mississippi candidates split on school vouchers

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents’ Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not. Reeves, the second-term lieutenant governor and former two-term state treasurer, also did not appear last month at a Mississippi Professional Educators board meeting in Biloxi. His campaign spokesman, Parker Briden, said Reeves had an event ...

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Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is on a trade mission to the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. Bryant spokesman Bobby Morgan says the governor and others left Sunday and will return Saturday. The delegation includes Mississippi National Guard Adjutant Gen. Durr Boyles, Mississippi Development Authority director Glenn McCullough and others from state government and the private sector. Morgan tells The ...

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Bryant picks deputy to lead Mississippi Employment Security

Gov. Phil Bryant is nominating a longtime employee of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to lead the jobs agency. Jackie A. Turner of Sallis has worked there 27 years and has been deputy director since 2013. Bryant on Thursday nominated Turner to succeed Mark Henry as director. Wednesday, the governor nominated Henry to serve on the three-person Workers Compensation ...

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Bryant taps jobs agency leader for Workers Comp Commission

The director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security is being nominated for the state Workers Compensation Commission. Mark Henry of Brandon was chosen for the three-person commissionWednesday by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. If confirmed by the state Senate, Henry would succeed commissioner Thomas Webb, whose six-year term expired Monday. Bryant spokesman Knox Graham says Henry will remain at Employment ...

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Miss. gov. declares state of emergency for Dec. 27 storms

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency declaration for eight counties hard hit by storms that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in the state last week. Bryant announced the proclamation Tuesday night on Twitter. The emergency was declared for Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jones, Lauderdale, Perry and Wayne counties. Bryant said the declaration ...

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