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Do Barbour's pardons stem from Southern religious, cultural practices?

ABC News has an interesting look at the South’s tradition of prisoner pardons, a practice it says is rooted in the region’s religious practices and culture. ABC asks whether those practices influenced former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s controversial decision to grant more than 200 pardons on his way out of office. Here is the introduction and link to the story: ...

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Georgia reported near deal for giant economic development project

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is not revealing details but says the Peach State is in the “final stages of negotiating” what would be the biggest project since landing a Kia auto plant in West Point that now employs 3,000 people, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. One other state is in the running for the project as well, according to comments ...

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Madison Target center needs stronger tenant mix, city says

Target has a bulls-eye on Madison but the developer of the center to be anchored by the national retailer wants some financial help with the project. The center will need a little more star power in its tenant lineup for that, however. Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler gives the Minneapolis-based retailer zero chance of getting tax incentives from the city until ...

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Report gives state's schools 'F' in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the ...

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Report: Mississippi has lowest average home loan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — LendingTree.com has released data highlighting the average loan amount on residential real estate purchases for all 50 states and Washington D.C. for the year. Hawaii, by far, leads the nation with an average home loan amount of $677,299, followed by Washington, D.C., at $393,453, New Jersey at $344,240 and New York at $340,124. The states with the ...

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House to pay $110K for Gunn's assistant

JACKSON — The Mississippi House will pay $110,000 a year to Nathan Wells, a former campaign worker and state Republican Party employee, to act as an assistant to new House Speaker Philip Gunn. Gunn said the new position is needed to lessen his workload and reduce the political duties of the House clerk, now Andrew Ketchings. The House Management Committee ...

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County building new water treatment plant

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County and the local utility authority will use grant money to build a new water treatment plan for the east side of the county. Supervisor John McKay tells the Mississippi Press the project will cost $10 million to $12 million. McKay said the money was originally meant for economic development at the Singing River Island Naval ...

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Remnants of iconic nightclub demolished

GREENVILLE — For many in the Greenville area and for many years, the bar and restaurant called One Block East was a home away from home. The city tore the building down yesterday. Stanley Sherman, who owned the establishment when it opened in 1971, said he has only one thing to say. “What a shame,” he said. He opened One ...

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