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Lt. Gov. Appoints Former Publisher Bill Jacobs to State Board of Education, Closing Gaps

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann announced his appointment of Bill Jacobs, formerly the publisher of the Brookhaven Daily Leader and the Prentiss Headlight, to the Mississippi State Board of Education on Tuesday. Jacobs, already serving on the boards of the National Newspaper Association and the Mississippi Economic Council’s operating board, is Hosemann’s second appointment to the undersized Board of Education in a year.

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As Pandemic Ebbs, MSDH Drops Vaccine Scheduling Requirements

Mississippians can now show up at a Mississippi State Department of Health vaccination site and receive the COVID-19 vaccine without previously scheduling an appointment. The last remaining barriers to vaccination for residents 12 and older end at a time when vaccinations—and new cases of COVID-19—have dwindled to new lows.

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‘Absurd and Inane’: The Death of the Mississippi Ballot Initiative

With immense public pressure—and scorn—following the decision to scrap a wildly successful ballot initiative and the entire process alongside it, it seems likely that Mississippians will have access to some form of initiative and referendum process by the end of next year. But both the reasons for the initiative’s return in the 1990s and the explanation for the Legislature’s failure to adapt the process after the state lost its fifth district remain a subject of debate.

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