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Landrum: Bill would mean loss of jobs at mental health facilities

JACKSON — The chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says if the Legislature goes ahead with present budget proposals, it could mean the loss of jobs at facilities across Mississippi. Robert Landrum of Ellisville, the mental health board chairman, told Jones County supervisors this week that budget cuts before the Legislature would reduce mental health spending by $13.2 ...

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TVA to introduce new fees for shoreline marinas; operators opposed

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing to roll out new fees for shoreline marinas across the seven-state region. Some smaller operators say it could be the death knell of their businesses. But TVA says these are private operators making money from public land and a restructuring of fees has been in order for some time. The new ...

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Pickering subpoenas owner of Georgia-based education company

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi auditor’s has served a subpoena on the owner of a Georgia company that provides training and supplies to schools for a reading program. Lisa Shoemaker, spokeswoman for Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering, said the subpoena seeks financial information and was served on Edna Goble, who owns Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., The company does business ...

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County adopts another, more expensive road plan

CANTON — Madison County has a new road plan for the second time in two weeks. The Clarion-Ledger reports the new plan not only costs $1,170 more than the last one, but also drops one road, adds four others and puts in place a new policy that requires cities to pay half the cost of work on roads in the ...

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Habers named 2012 Business Woman of the Year

Dana Habers — Chief Executive Officer for University Physicians in Jackson — has been named the Mississippi Business Journal 2012 Business Woman of the Year. The announcement was made in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson. As CEO of one of the largest hospitals in the state, Dana E. Habers supervises 260 employees in ...

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Rating 'successful' public schools

The charter school bill debate has brought attention to the way the Mississippi Department of Education rates the achievement of its school districts. (Scroll to end of post for detailed MDE information.) Despite the fact that a school district may contain a majority of poorly performing schools, the MDE will still label it as “successful,” as long as a majority ...

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Supervisors reject sheriff's proposal for civil service system

CORINTH — Alcorn County supervisors will not support Charles Rinehart’s proposal to support legislation to create a civil service system for his employees. The Daily Corinthian reports a motion by Supervisor Gary Ross to support the proposal died for lack of a second. Rinehart had said he would not pursue the change without the board of supervisors support. Supervisor Tim ...

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Judge: BP, partner liable for civil penalties for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge has ruled that BP PLC and one of its minority partners in the blown-out Macondo well are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act for their roles in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also ruled that Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. may be liable ...

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House passes bill to enforce federal floodplains codes

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved a bill to allow local governments to enforce federal floodplains codes at hunting and fishing camps and remain in the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill would remove the hunting- and-fishing-camp exemption from floodplains regulations. The bill was held for the possibility of more House debate. Similar bills are pending in the Senate. ...

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School district denies request for information on administrators' salaries

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County School District has denied a public records request for information on the salaries of its administrators. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports it filed the request Feb. 15. The Commonwealth said it asked for a list of all administrative employees who have either left or been hired since superintendent Viola Williams won election in 2011. The request ...

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