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Katrina's silver lining: New Orleans school choice revolution

By Amy McCullough Watch the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P12pgeV8ZQM&feature=youtube_gdata Before hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, New Orleans had one of the worst performing public school districts in the nation. Katrina forced nearly a million people to leave their homes and caused almost $100 billion in damages. To an already failing public school system, the storm seemed to provide the final ...

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Senate confirms Reeves for District Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has approved the confirmation of Carlton Reeves of Jackson to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. The Reeves nomination was approved by on a voice vote yesterday afternoon. Se. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) supported Reeves’ nomination, introducing him to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a ...

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Speaker of House mum on future plans

JACKSON — The speaker of the Mississippi House says he’s not ready to reveal his own political plans for 2011. Democrat Billy McCoy of Rienzi told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in an article published yesterday that he’ll wait until “the proper time” to discuss whether he’s seeking re-election. The 68-year-old isn’t saying when that might be. McCoy is a ...

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Stennis successfully test fires rocket engine

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA conducted a test fire Dec. 17 of the liquid-fuel AJ26 engine that will power the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Taurus II space launch vehicle. The test at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi supports NASA’s Commercial Transportation Services partnerships to enable commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station. The test on the ...

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South Mississippi plant to shut down

FERNWOOD — Great American Wirebound Box Co. is preparing to close its manufacturing plant in the South Mississippi community of Fernwood. The plant makes wooden boxes and pallets. Britt Herrin, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development District, says company officials told him the plant will cease operations Dec. 31. The Enterprise-Journal reports that about 50 people work at ...

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PEER conducts review of MDA loan programs

JACKSON — PEER has reviewed seven business development loan programs of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Of the loan programs PEER reviewed, PEER reports four had annual utilization rates of approximately 28 percent or less between FY 2006 and FY 2010, with some years of no utilization reported. As of June 30, 2010, those four business development loan programs carried ...

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