WLOX – Lottery tickets now on sale across Mississippi. Here’s what you need to know

Lottery tickets now on sale across Mississippi. Here’s what you need to know.

Scratch off lottery tickets are now on sale at vendors across the Magnolia State. After months of anticipation, the tickets became available Monday, Nov. 25, at 5 a.m…

…There are 162 locations in South Mississippi currently registered to sell lottery tickets. To find a store near you or for more Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Mississippi Lottery website HERE.

Sen. Wicker interviewed on Meet the Press


CLARION LEDGER – Shad White and Laura Jackson: Time to consolidate backroom functions in government

Shad White

Imagine running your own company. Would you want each division of your company to have its own human resources person? And its own employee to handle payroll? And its own procurement officer? And its own budget manager? That would mean one set of administrative employees for the sales team, one for the customer service team, one for the shipping and distribution team, and one for any other division you might have. It wouldn’t make much sense and would hurt your bottom line.

Yet that’s exactly what we have in state government. And, of course, taxpayers foot the bill.

Laura Jackson

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Mississippi has 204 government agencies, boards, and commissions, and many of these house their own accounting departments, human resource services, information technology departments, payroll and travel services, and a host of other “backroom” subdivisions. The problem is that it can be inefficient for many of these entities to have their own independent, backroom offices.

Sam Hall announces resignation as Executive Editor of Clarion Ledger


WLOX – A conversation with Public Service Commissioner-Elect Dane Maxwell

A conversation with Public Service Commissioner-Elect Dane MaxwellDane Maxwell stops by the WLOX Studios to talk as he begins the transition from Mayor of Pascagoula to Public Service Commissioner.

Click here to watch the full interview.

MBJ – Analysis: Espy says he’s better prepared for 2020 campaign

Democrat Mike Espy says he has a clearer strategy to win a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi in 2020 than he had when he ran for the same seat last year.

Espy anticipates another showdown with Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who defeated him in a November 2018 special election runoff.

In announcing his 2020 candidacy Nov. 12, Espy said he wants to build on his base of support from the 2018 race, focusing particularly on increasing the turnout among African American voters. Espy says he also has data showing which Republican-leaning precincts in Mississippi are most likely to flip to Democratic.

#MSSen2020: Espy continues to beat Medicaid expansion drum


CLARION LEDGER – Advocates for prison reform rally outside the Mississippi governor’s mansion

A group protesting mass incarceration in Mississippi marched around the governor's mansion in downtown Jackson on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

Calling for legislative changes and an end to mass incarceration in Mississippi, a few dozen people rallied on a cold and damp Saturday morning in downtown Jackson on East Capitol Street.

Mississippi Dreams Prison Family Support organized the rally across the street from the governor’s mansion, and in a series of speeches, several people called for public attention on what they said is ongoing crisis in Mississippi. Most of them drew from their own experiences behind bars.

“They don’t want y’all to know what’s going on behind prison walls,” said Donnell Jones, a former prisoner.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith announces $7.88 million for three Mississippi airport improvements


NEWSMS – Hyde-Smith: U.S.-South Korea rice agreement to benefit MS producers

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith welcomed news of an agreement that could allow exports of rice grown in Mississippi to South Korea.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday announced the long-sought agreement by which South Korea will allow market access for 132,304 tons of U.S. rice annually, with an annual value of approximately $110 million.

“As a rice-producing state, Mississippi can only benefit as South Korea agrees to provide guaranteed market access to U.S.-grown rice,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate committees that authorize and fund federal agricultural programs.

Palazzo signs on to letter with House Republicans over impact of Impeachment on FY2020 Appropriations


WLOX – MDHS launches new ‘My Resources’ website to help those in need

MDHS says, "My Resources" has some of the answers with a click of the mouse or at the tips of your fingers.

Whether it’s social workers out in the field, social service agencies, or families looking for help, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is making it easier to connect with the right place to find information.

A new website “My Resources” has some of the answers with a click of the mouse or at the tips of your fingers.