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Mississippi Coast Guardsman working without pay, living off savings
It's day 27 of the partial federal government shutdown. MPB's Jasmine Ellis reports on how a family in Greenville is coping with the loss of income.
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1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
Job Cuts at Nissan Could Affect Hundreds
Up to 700 contract workers at the Nissan plant in Canton are being let go, according to the auto manufacturer. MPB's Ezra Wall reports.
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1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
MISSISSIPPIANS SAY PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING NEEDS TO BE A HIGHER PRIORITY
Education funding in Mississippi needs to be a higher priority according to a recent survey. MPB's Jasmine Ellis reports.
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1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
Report Finds Cigarette Fee, Bariatric Surgery Could Save Medicaid Dollars
A Medicaid advisory committee charged with cutting costs and improving the health of Mississippians is sharing it's report with legislators. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
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1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM
Education, Jobs, Highlighted Governor's Final State of State Address
Improving Mississippi's public education system and creating jobs highlighted the governor's 8th and final State of the State Address.
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1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
Lawmakers have mixed reactions to the Governor's State of the State Speech
MPB's Ashley Norwood was at the Capitol and has legislators' reactions to the State of the State Address.
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1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
House Rep. Writing Bill to Provide Medicaid to Working Poor
Scattered media reports of Mississippi considering expanding Medicaid maybe gaining some steam.
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1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
Miss. senator files anti-abortion bill, Advocates speak against it
The 2019 legislative session is underway and one lawmaker is filing what some expect to be the first of many anti-abortion rights bills. MPB's Ashley Norwood talks to advocates on both sides about abortion rights in Mississippi.
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1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM
Oxford Republican wins Mississippi Senate leadership post
Sixth-term Sen. Gray Tollison was unanimously elected Senate president pro tempore on Friday by colleagues from both parties. He succeeds Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, who had been pro tem the past three years.
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1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
MEC Day: Lawmakers, Business leaders Discuss Workforce Issues
Educating Mississippi's workforce today and for the next generation brought business leaders and legislators to a summit in Jackson. MPB’s Desare Frazier reports.
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1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
Education and Healthcare Top Democratic Legislative Agenda
Education and Healthcare are among the six issues Democrats in the Mississippi legislature say they're taking up during this legislative session.
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1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
Senator Terry Burton Resigns Leadership Post
After a 3rd DUI arrest, a leader in the Mississippi state senate announces he'll relinquish his post.
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1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
Mississippi Legislature convenes, Burton leaves leadership
Mississippi lawmakers opened their election-year session Tuesday and a top senator resigned his leadership post amid questions about a second-offense drunken driving charge he faces.
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1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
2019 Legislative Session Begins, No Hot Topics Expected on Agenda
Mississippi lawmakers are making their way to Jackson for the start of the 2019 legislative session. It's an election year and as MPB's Desare Frazier reports, the House Republican leadership says the agenda includes issues everyone can support.
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1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
Government employees feel the pinch of partial shutdown
Federal government employees are bracing for no pay during the partial government shutdown that's now going into its third week.
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1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
Analysis: Guns and abortion could be election-year issues
Mississippi lawmakers have released few significant policy proposals as they prepare for their three-month session that begins Tuesday. Some of those trying to return to the Capitol are likely to remain relatively quiet in hopes of not attracting an opponent. Some lawmakers, though, could offer bills designed to grab headlines and generate buzz on social media.
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1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM
Future Caucus Aims to Pass Bills That Keep Millennials in State
Mississippi lawmakers under age 40 are returning for the 2019 Legislative Session with the goal of pushing an agenda that keeps Millennials in the state. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
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1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM
Report offers Lawmakers Ways to Improve Education Scholarships
Ahead of the start of the Mississippi 2019 legislative session, a state oversight agency offers legislators ways to improve a special needs education scholarship program. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
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1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM
Survey: Gap Between Businesses and Educators, Shift in Hiring
Companies in Mississippi are finding the low unemployment rate has them scrambling to find qualified applicants according to a newly released survey. As MPB's Desare Frazier reports, there's a disconnect between businesses and educators.
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1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM
Vicksburg National Military Park Stays Open Despite Shutdown
The federal government has been in partial shutdown for 13 days, but The Vicksburg National Military Park is still open. MPB’s Alexandra Watts reports how and why the park has not closed its doors.
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1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM