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Arielle Dreher

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@jacksonfreepress.com. Follow her on Twitter at @arielle_amara.

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ICE: Mississippi Immigration Investigation Began Year Ago, 8 Eateries Raided Today

Immigration and customs enforcement agents conducted raids today after a year-long criminal investigation at local Ichiban restaurants in Flowood and Pearl as well as dining establishments owned by the same ...

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JPS Board Delays New Superintendent Search

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees halted plans to find a firm to conduct a national search for a new superintendent on Tuesday night. Instead, the board voted to ...

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The Squeeze: A First Look at Upcoming Budget Cuts

Budget cuts are coming, and lawmakers are beginning to discuss the finagling of state dollars for the fiscal year that starts in July.

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Lawmakers Use Templates to Target Welfare Fraud, Focus on Recipients, Not Providers

Lawmakers seem serious about addressing welfare reform this year, potentially making it both harder to get benefits and then to stay on the rolls once a recipient has a job. ...

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After ICE Raid, Immigration Limbo in Mississippi

Daniela was asleep early on Feb. 15 when she felt her father kiss her goodbye, as he did every morning. It was around 6:30 or 7 a.m., a seemingly normal ...

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Treasurer Fitch Pushes Gender Pay, Financial Literacy Despite Bills Dying

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch is disappointed that legislation addressing the state's gender-pay gap and requiring financial literacy education for students did not see the light of day in the Mississippi ...

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Two More Districts Approved to Innovate

The Mississippi State Board of Education approved plans for two new school districts to become "Districts of Innovation" on Feb. 16.

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Fixing (Some) Roads and Bridges Still Possible in 2017 Session

While the Mississippi Legislature has not proposed—let alone approved—a comprehensive plan to fix the state's crumbling infrastructure, the Legislature could take some steps this year to ensure that some additional ...

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State Revenues 'Have Disappointed,' Trump Effect on Mississippi Uncertain

The U.S. economy may be growing, but Mississippi's revenue is lagging, and the state faces uncertainty over the effect of the Trump administration's policies, especially on trade.

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MAEP Not Funded, But Education Formula Re-Write Must Happen by July 1

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program was not funded in a Department of Education appropriations bill the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Wednesday, signaling that the formula re-write has to happen ...

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