WJTV – Push to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi

YP – Commissioner Chaney: MID proposes legislation to fund First Responder Health and Safety Trust Fund

YP – Would a President Bernie Sanders have any elected friends in Mississippi?

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Doctor denied cancer treatment: Bills would make Mississippi plans cover proton therapy

Bryan Hierlmeier the day after brain surgery.

After Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi denied coverage for a doctor’s expensive brain cancer treatment in 2019, state lawmakers took notice.

Bryan Hierlmeier is a cardiac anesthesiologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Hierlmeier was struggling with painful headaches last spring when he was diagnosed with had brain cancer.

His doctors recommended getting proton therapy, a type of radiation treatment designed to pinpoint cancer cells and avoid damaging nearby healthy tissue, but his insurance denied coverage.

State lawmakers could decide this session whether to make Mississippi insurance plans cover proton therapy.

YP – Will the Legislature let the clock run out on special needs students?

Sen. Hyde-Smith promotes BUILD grants

MERIDIAN STAR – Our View: Keep public notices in community newspapers

Jackson

Bills have been submitted to the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives that would give local government bodies the option to publish their public notices – legal advertisements – on government-operated websites rather than in local newspapers.

We think that is a bad idea for a number of reasons.

While we believe the majority of public servants are doing their best to act in the public good, too often we have seen representatives conduct the public’s business behind closed doors and withholding public information.

The temptation would be too great in some cases to post legal advertisements in obscure portions of websites where the public would not notice.

YP – Eight elected officials switch to MSGOP

DAILY LEADER – Sec. of State meets with election officials

Mississippi’s new Secretary of State Michael Watson visited the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Government Complex Thursday as part of his tour of all 82 counties. Watson met with Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield and several of Lincoln County’s election commissioners to hear their concerns about the election process.

“We made a commitment to all of our 82 counties with the idea making sure we have the friendships and relationships with our clerks and our commissioners,” Watson said. “Everybody doesn’t know everything. Having a network of people to call when you see things on the front lines — what does this look like, how does it impact the county, what can we do better to serve at the secretary of states office?”

YP – AG Fitch appoints first Solicitor General

Sen. Wicker meets with Acting Secretary of Navy

YP – Former Jones County Supervisor Jerome Wyatt Found Guilty of Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White announced former Jones County Supervisor Jerome Wyatt has been convicted of embezzlement in Judge Dal Williamson’s chamber of Jones County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Anthony J. Buckley.

Wyatt was arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office in October 2018 after being indicted. He used “The Gentlemen’s Club” – a Laurel Middle School mentoring program he founded – to embezzle nearly $2,000 from children in Jones County schools by submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests. Wyatt also embezzled public money by taking cash when he directed a county-owned vehicle to a metal scrap yard outside Jones County.