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Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which ...

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Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax dollars for everything from schools ...

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Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings. The city of West Point ...

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Ex-coroner gets demand for nearly $400K; PERS alerted

UNION COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says special agents have served a demand to former Union County coroner Mark Golding in the amount of $398,418.83. The Auditor’s Office began an investigation on Golding May 28 and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.56, to the Union County Board of Supervisors requesting fees for deaths which he did not ...

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MDOT recruits Southern Miss for port study

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business is part of a team the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has assembled for its Statewide Port Needs and Marketing Study, which is being conducted over the next year to more fully leverage the economic development potential of the state’s 16 public ports. The team is led by engineering firm ...

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State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of 2014,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike ...

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Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway officials say the state needs ...

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Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power plant Mississippi Power Co. is ...

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CONs issued for two hospital projects; one for $1.2M cost overrun

SOUTHAVEN and GREENWOOD — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for projects at two Mississippi hospitals. MSDH issued a CON to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven to add therapeutic radiation equipment to its existing radiation services at the hospital. Baptist Memorial Hospital proposed to increase the number of radiation therapy units that are used ...

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MEMA unveils two new emergency-alerting tools

PEARL — Mississippians now have two new public alerting tools aimed at helping citizens prepare for emergencies, and warn them of impending threats directly through their smartphones. During a news conference held at Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) headquarters in Pearl, Gov. Phil Bryant and MEMA director Robert Latham demonstrated MEMA’s new mobile phone app that allows the public to ...

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