WLOX – Mississippi lottery tickets will go on sale by Dec. 1

Mississippi lottery tickets will go on sale by Dec. 1With a definite date in place, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation is now accepting proposals for authorized vendors to implement and operate instant ticket lottery games.

According to the corporation’s website, instant ticket sales must begin on or before Dec. 1, 2019. Online ticket sales do not need to begin until Feb. 10, 2020, at the latest.

Sen. Hyde-Smith meets with Bill Gates

 

Bryant on latest poll: Tate Reeves has worked hard for these numbers

 

Robert Foster fed up with MS Conservative Daily blog

WXXV – Local option sales tax debate continues

Buck Clarke releases new ad for State Treasurer

 

PSC opens investigation into scammers and false caller ID

 

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Mississippi teacher raise starts Monday. Cost, whether districts face tab still unknown

State officials are still waiting for a price tag for the state’s $1,500 teacher pay raise that goes into effect Monday, after an accounting blunder earlier in the year.



And superintendents are anxiously waiting to find out whether they’ll have to temporarily foot the bill as they wait for updates from the state Department of Education…

…State Board of Education Chairman Jason Dean said he’s reviewed numbers showing the department has enough funds, at a minimum, to cover raises until the beginning of the 2020 Legislative Session when the department will ask lawmakers to makeup the shortfall.

“I’m confident that there will be no district short on the pay raise between now and January,” he said.



Wicker, Hyde-Smith support Defense Authorization Bill

 

Congressman Thompson signs on to letter asking Trump Admin to end “unlawful negotiations” 

 

WTOK – Supreme Court rejects gerrymandering appeal

The United States Supreme Court says federal courts can’t police gerrymandering challenges. The Court says it’s a political issue, not a judicial one...

…Sen. John Horhn argues the decision gives whatever party holds the majority the license to choose the voters who elect them.

“If you’re a democratically controlled legislature, then you can gerrymander the heck out of the state to put Democrats to be able to hold onto power,” said Horhn. “If you’re in a Republican controlled state, it hands you that loaded gun to be able to hold onto power in the foreseeable future.”

And that doesn’t make sense to Horhn.

“If we don’t have a remedy available to us at the federal level that deals with democracy and deals with fairness, where does it end?”

YP – Watson announces SIP plan for Driver Services

 

DAILY JOURNAL – Mississippi, 41 states accuse generic drug makers of price fixing

hou-2018-xxxx-jim-hood-mugA federal lawsuit brought by 43 states, including Mississippi, and Puerto Rico, alleges price fixing by Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 other generic drug manufacturers.

Filings unsealed this week in federal court in Boston present evidence that representatives of some of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers used code words to collude with competitors to divvy up market share and coordinate price increases.

“The public deserves to know the illegal, greedy acts committed by these companies,” said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. “The evidence shows an industry-wide conspiracy to hinder access to drugs that Americans rely on every day. It shows that these people knew that what they were doing was illegal and then took measures to make sure their actions weren’t uncovered. Today, their cover is blown.”

Wicker backs Rural Jobs Act

 

State Fire Academy Exec Director retires

 

WLOX – Ex-Lumberton police chief sues city citing religious discrimination

Ex-Lumberton police chief sues city citing religious discriminationCarlus Page, in a complaint filed in federal court, claims he was ousted as chief because of religious discrimination.

Page alleges the board of aldermen and mayor agreed to allow him to have Sundays off so he could continue to serve as pastor at New Heights Church of Christ in Biloxi. Page claims he was granted that accommodation when he first started on the force as a part-time officer in 2013.

The suit claims all members of the board of aldermen, as well as the mayor, agreed to the same accommodation when Page became chief in April 2018.