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County officials making 'wish list' for lawmakers

HERNANDO — DeSoto County officials want to be sure lawmakers know what local needs are before the Legislature convenes in January. The Commercial Appeal reports supervisors are working up a wish list ahead of a planned Dec. 5 meeting with local legislators. County Administrator Michael Garriga says officials are compiling “a comprehensive and concise list” of priorities for lawmakers to ...

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Airport awarded building permit for terminal/hangar

BAY ST. LOUIS — A building permit has been issued for a $6.1-million terminal and hangar at Stennis International Airport. GM&R Construction Co. of Bay St. Louis was the successful bidder for the project. Jack Zink, executive director of the Hancock County Development Commission, tells The Sun Herald he expects work to start any day on the 10,000-square foot terminal ...

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Foundation gives $4M to USM for new dormitory

HATTIESBURG — A private foundation is giving $4 million to the University of Southern Mississippi for a new dormitory. The university announced that it is receiving the gift from the Luckyday Foundation, a group established by Jackson banker Frank Day before he died in 1999. The $4 million will be used to build Luckyday Citizenship Hall, which will be part ...

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Supervisors want public, private sectors to work together

MADISON COUNTY — Madison County wants public bodies and private businesses to set a course jointly for future economic growth. The Clarion-Ledger reports the current Board of Supervisors is asking the three economic development agencies, five chambers of commerce and four municipalities to bring a list of development priorities to the new board in January. Supervisor John Bell Crosby and ...

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Officials working on new test for vocational students

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education has joined with the University of Kansas on a new test to determine if vocational students are ready for their chosen career. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Mississippi officials hope the Career Pathways Assessment System will be ready for use by 2014. Officials say the program will be a hybrid of a ...

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Waller lobbying for higher salaries for judges

GULFPORT — Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. used a Gulf Coast forum to press the issue of higher salaries for judges. The Sun Herald reports Waller and Justices Randy Pierce and Michael Randolph told members of the Gulf Coast Business Council that a judicial pay bill would be presented to the 2012 Legislature. Randolph says the last ...

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Flyover construction project taking shape on Coast

JACKSON COUNTY — The foundation is in the ground, the beams are up and a multimillion-dollar flyover project is taking shape near the intersection of U.S. 90 and Mississippi 63. State transportation officials tell The Mississippi Press the project is meant to make commutes more efficient through east Jackson County’s industrial corridor. The project will link Mississippi Highways 61 and ...

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City raises landlords' fees, fines for noncompliance

TUPELO — Tupelo landlords have been sent letters informing them of a new ordinance that will raise their business costs starting Jan. 1 and what fines they face if they don’t comply. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 750 rental property owners received the letter, a registration form and new fee schedule. The new ordinance requires rental property owners to ...

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Creative economy hitting the road

For those who missed last August’s pioneering Creative Economy Summit in Jackson, there is good news. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) are bringing the show on the road. Beginning tomorrow, the MDA and MAC will host five Creative Economy Road Show events in regions throughout the state. From Mississippi’s artists, artisans, writers, architects and designers, ...

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Congressmen confident court will produce acceptable redistricting plan

WASHINGTON — Mississippi’s four U.S. House members have expressed confidence that a federal court will produce a redistricting plan they can accept. The three Republicans and one Democrat said they did not object to a three-judge panel taking over the job of drawing new maps, as the state Republican Party had requested. The judges said they would step in assuming ...

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