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Better days aren’t here, yet

By JACK RYAN,

A recent measurement of Mississippi’s economy is generally positive, but it also shows how statistics can be misleading or even wrong.

The website RichStatesPoorStates.org this week ranked each state based on “a forward looking forecast based on the state’s standing in 15 important state policy variables.”






Session was complete March 28

By ANDY GIPSON,

Legislators completed the last day of the 2018 legislative session on Wednesday, March 28, after working through the weekend to finalize the state budget.

While many significant pieces of legislation did not make it through the process this year, several did and are now being signed into law by the Governor.





Florida’s gun law is surprising

By JACK RYAN,

There were two surprises recently in the gun-right debate. One was that Florida lawmakers and the governor agreed on a bill that raised the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, included long weapons in a three-day waiting period for purchase, and banned bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons.


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Area high schools have chosen their top graduates for special honors at graduation ceremonies across the county this month.  They will be recognized and speak to audiences at those ceremonies.