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Poll: Education is top issue for Miss.

By Amy McCullough The latest unscientific MBJ poll asked: “What is the most important issue facing Mississippi?” Given a choice of Education, the Economy or Obesity, more than half of readers selected Education. Without a good education system, businesses cannot be convinced to locate in Mississippi. Without good education and workforce development, potential employees cannot be taught the skills needed ...

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Clinton High webcasting classes

CLINTON — A student is home for several weeks, sidelined by a car wreck. His classmate is at an out-of-state band competition and will miss a few school days. At Clinton High School, they can keep up with their lessons in a more tech-savvy way than borrowing notes or asking a friend to explain. The school has invested in a ...

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UPDATE * Possible Metrocenter buyer: mall foreclosure unlikely

UPDATE 12/6/10: A Los Angeles real estate investment partnership that owns Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall says it has caught up on the mall’s tardy debt and will avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, Jackson Metrocenter Group, LLC, is willing to consider offers from prospective buyers… Read “Metrocenter owner: Debt paid”. By Ted Carter JACKSON — The vice president of a Jackson real estate development ...

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CenterPoint Energy: expect lower winter natural gas bills

Winter bills expected to be nearly 23% lower on average than last winter depending on customer usage HOUSTON, Texas — Wholesale natural gas prices have decreased nationwide and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) is passing on these lower prices to Mississippi customers beginning this month. Through the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA), an allowed adjustment to the gas supply charge portion of ...

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Peoploungers chief to serve sentence in Ark.

TUPELO — Peoploungers’ disgraced former chief Jimmy Green will serve his 51-month prison sentence for fraud and money laundering at an Arkansas federal prison. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports Green was ordered on Tuesday to report to the prison in Forrest City, Ark., on Jan. 11. Green pleaded guilty to bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. He also was ordered ...

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Official: Gov't won't end drilling ban off Fla.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Obama administration won’t allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The area that includes the waters off Florida’s coast had been considered for drilling as part of the management ...

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Alcorn State has new president

JACKSON — Alcorn State University has a new president. The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning announced Tuesday the unanimous decision to hire Christopher Brown for the position. Alcorn State has been without a permanent leader since George Ross stepped down in February to become president of Central Michigan University. Norris Edney, a longtime ASU faculty ...

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Flowood: no new apartments for now

FLOWOOD — Flowood officials have placed a moratorium on building new apartment complexes in the city limits. Mayor Gary Rhoads says he doesn’t want Flowood know as an apartment city. Rhoads tells The Clarion-Ledger that the Jackson suburb is also redoing its land comprehensive zoning plan. Roughly 60 percent of the city’s residents rent an apartment, house or mobile home, ...

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Barbour still urges caution on budget

JACKSON — Mississippi revenue collections exceeded estimates in November — the fourth time that has occurred since the fiscal year began July 1. Preliminary numbers released Tuesday show collections for November were $609,339, or 0.19 percent, above the estimate. That amount should improve as additional numbers are obtained in the coming days for November. Figures reported Tuesday represent taxes collected ...

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Adams sheriff: inmate meals savings possible

NATCHEZ — Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said he can save about $53,000 annually by paying someone else to feed prisoners at the local jail. Mayfield said he is looking at a contract with Valley Food Services. “We are going to have the same kitchen staff, but Valley will actually take over their salaries,” Mayfield told The Natchez Democrat. “They ...

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