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Bryant pushes teacher pay, school safety in State of State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant used his final State of the State speech Tuesday to look back on his two terms and to offer proposals for his final year in office. Bryant, a Republican, asked lawmakers to enact a teacher pay raise and to approve a school safety program. He mentioned concerns about active shooters in U.S. schools, but did not ...

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Mississippi governor giving final State of the State speech

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is outlining policy priorities for his eighth and final year in office. The Republican is giving his State of the State speech Tuesday evening at the state Capitol. Bryant is limited to two terms and cannot seek re-election this year. Mississippi governors typically use the State of the State speech to reflect on the economy, education, ...

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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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Export awards given to Mississippi firms

By MBJ STAFF Gov. Phil Bryant presented awards to four Mississippi companies at the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting event held at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The awards recognize Mississippi companies for their success in beginning, maintaining or increasing export sales to international markets. “The companies honored at this year’s Export Awards ceremony have successfully demonstrated ...

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Mississippi governor condemns professor’s political tweet

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is condemning a professor’s Twitter post that encouraged people to disrupt senators’ meals the day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas tweeted Oct. 6 that people should put their fingers in senators’ salads and, “They don’t deserve your civility.” Bryant, a Republican, tweeted in response Thursday: “This ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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Bryant: Open-government laws should apply to lottery group

Gov. Phil Bryant says that if Mississippi creates a state lottery, the public should have access to information about the group that operates it. Reporters asked the governor Friday about a lottery bill that legislators are debating during a special session. The bill passed Thursday by the Senate says a Mississippi lottery corporation wouldn’t be subject to state laws on ...

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Talks loom on dividing Mississippi’s oil spill damage money

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to determine how $700 million in oil spill damage payments should be divided, and who should spend the money. Legislators were working on answers Wednesday, a day before the start of a special session, even though Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue on a list of items to be considered. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler dividing ...

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