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Charter school bill passes MS Senate

Amendment to limit charters to under-performing districts fails After nearly five hours of debate the Republicans in the state Senate passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 by a vote of 34-17, largely split down party lines. The House is expected to introduce its own charter schools bill this week. Senate Bill 2401, sponsored by Sen. Gray Tollison, ...

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State's casinos get off to slow start in 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue figures show the new year got off to a slower-than-average start for Mississippi casinos. January’s $87.8 million revenue at the 11 coast casinos was down $10 million from a year ago, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. The decline was about $3 million at the 19 riverside casinos, to $89.2 million. Revenue for January totaled ...

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Congressional candidate fined for failing to test store's fuel tanks

EUPORA — Republican congressional candidate Henry Ross is paying a $1,000 fine for failing to test fuel tanks at his north Mississippi convenience store. Ross told The Associated Press he mailed the check yesterday to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which found that he failed to test one or more of the gas tanks at his vacant Eupora store ...

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Significant impact expected from 44-mile Tanglefoot Trail

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — New Albany businessman Travis Wiseman says he’s ready to see rails converted to trails. Wiseman’s Union Appliance and Furniture in downtown New Albany sits next to what will be the start of the Rails to Trails project. Wiseman expects a boost in traffic and business from the trail, which is expected to attract hundreds of local and ...

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Popular pier destroyed by Katrina awaits final inspection

OCEAN SPRINGS — Jackson County supervisors plan to open the Ocean Springs Fishing Pier this week, as soon as the final inspection is complete. The popular pier, destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, was originally a piece of the old U.S. 90 bridge over Back Bay. Rebuilt with $2 million from FEMA, it has four covered pavilions, cement pilings and a hand-washing ...

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Coast county to borrow money to fund multiple projects

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have voted to borrow $2.5 million in a five-year note to complete multiple projects. The Mississippi Press reports about $1.2 million will go toward site work on the new Adult Detention Facility and $430,000 will fund a Highway Patrol building on Mississippi 57. Another $430,000 will go to improvements at the overcrowded West Jackson ...

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Aldermen question stipends received by Davis; petition Hood

SOUTHAVEN — The Southaven Board of Alderman has asked the attorney general’s office whether two stipends received by Mayor Greg Davis are legal. The Commercial Appeal reports a $5,000 educational stipend and a $2,700 longevity stipend are added to the mayor’s $145,000 annual salary. A seven-month investigation by the state auditor’s office revealed that Davis misspent $153,000 on clothing, a ...

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Bryant asking for more money to cover staff expenses

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is requesting an additional $355,531 to cover expenses for his staff through the end of the fiscal year after his predecessor, Haley Barbour, spent more than half of the yearly budget for the governor’s staff before departing. Bryant is also seeking $119,000 to pay for workers at the Governor’s Mansion for 18 months, to replace ...

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MOEX settlement for oil spill to go into Pollution Emergency Fund

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi’s share of a settlement from a minority partner in BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will go into the state’s Pollution Emergency Fund. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality supervises the fund. Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release yesterday that MOEX Offshore will spend another $5 million in Mississippi on ...

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