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WLOX / WLBT – Democratic nominee for AG questions party unity, prompting Jim Hood to respond

Democratic nominee for AG questions party unity, prompting Jim Hood to respond

Democratic nominee for Attorney General Jennifer Riley Collins raises questions about support within her own party ahead of the November general election.

She first commented on this in a social media post last week:

“ASK YOURSELF WHY,” the post began.

“Given my credentials and experience, I wonder why the Democratic nominee for Governor and current Attorney General appears to be working to get my Republican opponent elected?…”…

…”I met with the directors of every division in the Attorney General’s Office last week to prepare for the transition to the next attorney general, whoever that may be. I asked them to draft memos addressing the duties of each of their divisions so that the next attorney general will be well prepared. I hold my staff in the highest regard, and have great respect for the institution. I don’t want any actions of mine to reflect negatively on them or affect their futures. That’s why I’m focused solely on my own race for governor. My dad gave me an important piece of advice the first time I ran for office in 1995: ‘Work hard in your own race and stay out of everybody else’s.” I plan to stick by that advice during this election.” – Jim Hood

WDAM – Lieutenant governor candidate Jay Hughes makes campaign stop in Hattiesburg

Lieutenant governor candidate Jay Hughes makes campaign stop in Hattiesburg

Candidates for statewide offices continue to campaign across the state as we get closer to Mississippi’s general election in November. On Monday, Jay Hughes, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was touring the Pine Belt.

His first stop was at the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hughes toured the facility on the USM campus and shared his plans for education and healthcare with supporters.

“It all starts with education. It’s something I’ve been saying for years, and that means educating ourselves about what we are voting for, because this is going to be an election that makes a difference on education, healthcare, roads and bridges, mental illness and addiction,” said Hughes.

YP – 5th Circuit to hear SD 22 appeal


WJTV – Stamps, Bailey race to become the next central district PSC

Councilman De’Keither Stamps, a Democrat and Republican Brent Bailey are facing off in November.

Bailey ran in 2015 but lost, he says there are conservative solutions to issues facing the office of PSC like new ways to find energy

“There’s certainly a price point out there that’s going to be more attractive not just to residential homeowners but, to small business and even large industries who have whether it’s an internal sustainability goals they want to meet or you know reducing their carbon footprint,” said Bailey.

Councilman Stamps says the use of renewable resources should be utilized better in Mississippi.

SOS announces Promote the Vote campaign


WDAM – Mississippi’s unemployment rate improving

Mississippi’s unemployment rate improving

Over the past five years, Mississippi’s unemployment rate has dropped by 3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership President Chad Newell, overall job growth has gone up 3.8% in the last year.

In overall growth, Hattiesburg is number one in Mississippi and top 20 in the nation, according to Newell.

WXXV – Local lawmakers want legal action for Spillway damages

WAPT – Canton school board member sentenced to 15 years for witness intimidation

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A member of the Canton School Board has been sentenced to prison for witness intimidation.

A Madison County judge sentenced Courtney Rainey to 15 years in prison. The judge suspended three years of the sentence, so Rainey will serve 12 years in prison, court officials said.

Rainey is one of several people who were charged with trying to influence the 2017 Canton municipal election. Prosecutors said Rainey is accused of bribing voters with Walmart gift cards and cash. She is also accused of improperly helping people fill out absentee ballots.

WCBI – Mississippi Gaming Commission releases August numbers

WDAM – Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Thompson and Guest announce $3.75 million for 12 Mississippi school districts

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Thompson, and Guest Announce $3.75 Million for 12 Mississippi School Districts U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Congressmen Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Michael Guest, R-Miss., announced a $3.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access.

The Consortium, comprised of 12 school districts in rural, high-poverty communities, provides high school students with access to advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses.

“This funding will give more Mississippi students access to the advanced coursework they need to achieve their full potential,” Wicker said. “All students deserve the same educational opportunities regardless of where they live.”…

…Now in its third year of operation, the Consortium has served high-achieving students in 12 school districts: Aberdeen, Booneville, Coahoma AHS, Holmes County, Houston, Humphreys County, Lauderdale County, North Bolivar, Philadelphia, Pontotoc County, Scott County, and Quitman County. The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, and Millsaps College are among the universities involved in the project.

Congressman Palazzo announces tele-town hall


WTOK – Judge issues bench order for local candidate

A candidate for district attorney of the 10th Circuit Court District, Michael Grace, was arrested Monday for allegedly being in contempt of court.

Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux issued the order, requiring the sheriff to take Grace into custody and sentencing him to 24 hours in the Clarke County Jail and fining him $500.

According to the court document, Grace was ordered previously to be in court Monday to represent a client in a case and was late, sending his secretary in his place. Primeaux’ order called this “unacceptable”.

Pearl hosting NRA Championship for Law Enforcement Officers


WTVA – First lady meets with children at pediatric center

Monday was far from routine for the kids at the Pediatric Center of McComb, where the story time included a reading by Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant.

Bryant beamed as she crawled around on the floor with the children, tugging on their toes and telling them which little piggy did what, and getting hugs from a good many of them.

She handed out sunglasses as she read the children’s book “Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses.”