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04/15/2024: State Insurance Exchange | Crawfish Prices | Tax Deadline Day

Some Mississippi lawmakers want to replace the federal health insurance exchange with a state-based one.

From the Gulf States Newsroom, crawfish prices skyrocketed this season. Farmers and fishermen are struggling as they try to sell the little crawfish they’ve been able to catch.

Plus, the deadline to file taxes is midnight on Monday, April 15th.

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