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YP Daily Roundup 7/31/18

YP Daily Roundup 7/31/18

By: Magnolia Tribune - July 31, 2018

WAPT – Special session expected to cover MDOT funding

“We’re very close. I can tell you that the leadership in the House and the Senate, their staff have been working on a daily basis. (There are) a lot of moving parts to this and we want to make sure we get in, get it done and get out,” Bryant said.

The governor said he expects to announce the dates of the special session and more details about it later this week.

“It will be about infrastructure. It’ll be a $220-$225 million annual package added to the funding of the Department of Transportation uses now,” Bryant said.

The governor said sports betting and a lottery could be considered as funding sources for MDOT.

WLBT – MDOT lifts financial sanctions for Jackson – Jackson, MS

Gov. Bryant helps announce Family First Initiative


DAILY JOURNAL – Hosemann highlights election security

Hosemann said he’s been focused on cybersecurity efforts for years now. The 2016 presidential election strengthened his resolve to continue such measures.

“I think 2016 just brought to light some of the fears I had,” Hosemann told the Daily Journal during a visit to Tupelo on Tuesday.

The secretary of state described ongoing but unsuccessful attempts to hack into the state’s electronic voting systems, including digital voter registration records, prior to the most recent presidential election.

“We were having probably 2,000 to 3,000 active penetration attempts a month,” Hosemann said. “It just highlighted for me that we have to have significant security.”

Sen. Wicker opposes Democrat-led effort to abolish ICE


WXXV – New push for medical marijuana

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Southern Miss insurance program that helped 38,000 ends due to Trump administration cuts

A University of Southern Mississippi program that helped more than 38,000 south Mississippi residents navigate the complexities of the federal health insurance marketplace is ending because of cuts by the Trump administration.

The Mississippi Health Access Collaborative was funded with a $1.4 million, three-year grant that expires Sept. 12. Continuing funding was cut to $100,000, which can no longer sustain the project, said director Kathryn Rehner.

“It might be more feasible for a smaller entity or a nonprofit, but it’s not something we can do through the University of Southern Mississippi,” she said.

The collaborative, known as an Affordable Care Act navigator program, helped enroll 2,000 eligible south Mississippians in the Affordable Care Act and assisted tens of thousands more with health insurance consumer issues, including insurance eligibility questions.

#MS03: Democrat “Big Country” Evans posts new campaign ad


WXXV – Meet Republican Senate candidates

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Palazzo announce more FAA grants for Mississippi airports


WXXV – State Senator Wiggins speaks at Harrison County Republican Women’s Meeting

WLOX – Two MS casinos to launch legal sports betting August 1

On August 1 at 12 p.m., Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica will accept their first legal sports wagers under the new law. 

At the Beau Rivage: 

  • Willis McGahee, former Miami Hurricanes Running Back and 2-time NFL Pro Bowler
  • Robert Royal, former Louisiana State Tigers Tight End and NFL star
  • Legendary Oddsmaker Danny Sheridan
  • Mississippi Hotel and Hospitality Association Exec. Dir. and Former Mississippi Gaming Commission Exec. Dir. Larry Gregory

At Gold Strike: 

  • Stanley Morgan, UT Knoxville Wide Receiver and 4-time NFL Pro Bowler
  • Former Mississippi Gaming Commission Chairman Nolen Canon
  • Mississippi Senate Tourism Committee Chair Lydia Chassaniol
  • Mississippi House Gaming Committee Vice-Chair Rep Cedric Burnett
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