Wednesday, May 15 2013 10:08 AM EDT2013-05-15 14:08:44 GMT
ORLANDO (WFTV/CNN) – Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names. The list alternates between boy and girl names. The list kicks off withMore >>
Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:44 GMT
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Parker Krag has received an appointment to the academy. He got his acceptance packet Friday morning.More >>
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:04:23 GMT
Grant Matheny with Arinder Logging says, "Used to it was all cut down by saws and pulled up with cable skidders. It's changed a lot but its still easy to get hurt if you don't pay attention." No betterMore >>
No better start to Pinebelt Tough than its own namesake. Agriculture is the number one Mississippi industry and forestry brought in more than $1.3 billion to the state in 2012. Our story begins with the loggers.More >>
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>
Governor Phil Bryant had this to say Wednesday,"We're cutting 85 million dollars out of education and national defense, yet the federal government is saying take this free federal money and expand to another 300,000 Mississippians on Medicaid. That does not make any financial sense."
The Medicaid expansion topic is resonating through the walls of the state capitol, and legislators wonder with all the federal budget cuts why are they so anxious to give? What's the catch? 411st District State Senator Joey Fillingane says, "The first three years its largely paid for by the federal government, but after the third year they start scaling back their share and the state's portion of that starts ramping up. But even those first couple of three years when they are supposedly paying the 100% of the expansion costs, they don't pay the administrative costs and there are millions and millions of dollars involved.The whole process of signing people up, getting them registered, getting the doctors, and getting the clinics and hospitals licensed"
Senator Fillingane says roughly a quarter of Mississippians are on Medicaid at the cost of 1 billion dollars to the state annually. That's one sixth of the state's entire yearly budget. "It is a problem because on top of funding Medicaid we're talking about funding education, and roads and bridges, and public safety and all those issues as well without raising any taxes."
If the state expands Medicaid to another 300 to 400,000 Mississippians, when the federal money tapers off in three years, the state will have to continue funding it. Without new revenue Medicaid would take out an even bigger chunk of the budget. And there's still plenty of debate. "If we don't provide it they're going to get their healthcare some way and it maybe at a higher rate in the emergency rooms and those kind of things anyway, so there are strong arguments either way."
However in the state senate at least, expanding Medicaid hasn't been the popular option. "The senate right now is looking at a Medicaid bill that continues the program at least, because so many Mississippians are on it, but we're really not looking. At this point none of the bills have any language for expansion"
The state legislature has five weeks left in general session and is required by law to have a balanced budget passed. Fillingane says Medicaid will continue to be a hot topic in the budget debate.
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:16:49 GMT
The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for all of Bellewood Subdivision until further notice. It was issued just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Officials with the association sayMore >>
Officials with the association say a break in a main water line prompted the notice.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:39:09 GMT
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat, now free from prison, still says he had no part in a murder plot that led to him spending almost 16 years in federal prison. Halat said he had "absolutely nothing" to doMore >>
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat, now free from prison, still says he had no part in a murder plot that led to him spending almost 16 years in federal prison.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:29 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River.More >>