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Dems look for new way to pass Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion — an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose. Democrats hold a minority of seats in the House and Senate and they’ve pushed unsuccessfully this legislative session to bring up Medicaid expansion for debate in either chamber. They sent Republican Gov. Phil ...

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State could study the structure of school boards

JACKSON — The House has given final passage to a bill to study the structure of local school boards. House members voted 66-50 for Senate Bill 2141 yesterday. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval. If approved, the study by a 13-member panel could take until 2015. Lawmakers had originally considered requiring all local school board members ...

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Lawmaker calls governor 'fool,' 'hypocrite' over Medcaid

JACKSON — A Democratic lawmaker said yesterday that Mississippi’s Republican governor is a “fool” and a “hypocrite” for opposing Medicaid expansion. Gov. Phil Bryant has said repeatedly during the past year that Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the nation, can’t afford to add up to 300,000 people to the more than 640,000 who are already on the federal-state ...

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Murdered mayoral candidate was beaten, burned

CLARKSDALE — The family of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate says he was beaten and burned. Marco McMillian’s godfather, Carter Womack, said today the information came from the Coahoma County coroner. The coroner declined to comment. Womack said the family was told McMillian’s body was dragged under a fence and left near a Mississippi River levee last week. A person ...

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Man charged with killing Delta mayoral candidate

CLARKSDALE — A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a mayoral candidate, whose body was found near a river levee in the Mississippi Delta this week. The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged in the death of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of ...

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Lawmakers reject Hosemann's budget over voter ID

JACKSON — Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget yesterday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s budget bill back ...

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Mississippi, its public policy and the human condition

The current Mississippi Legislature seems to be giving more than passing consideration to legislation with the potential to enhance the human condition than has been the case in the past. The attention is coming from both internal and external influences. A growing awareness of the social and economic plight of many Mississippi citizens (internal influences) combined with a push from ...

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Former governor starts new business with ex-Wal-Mart exec

JACKSON — Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is starting a new business. He and George Shelton, a former aide, are launching Company.Politics, which Shelton says aims to help businesses improve reputations and links to government. Shelton helped Democrat Musgrove get elected in 1999, but left to become a consultant and then head of reputation management for Wal-Mart Stores. There, he helped ...

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