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Senate approves voter ID bill; House to do more work

JACKSON — Mississippi voters are a little closer to needing to show photo identification before voting. The Senate voted today in favor of House Bill 921, which would provide framework to set up a constitutional amendment that voters approved in November. However, it remains unclear whether the U.S. Justice Department will approve a photo identification requirement for Mississippi. Federal officials ...

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New out-of-state tuition waiver goes into effect July 1

JACKSON — The flexibility of a new law that will allow universities to waive out of state tuition will let each school structure a plan conducive to its needs, according to high education leaders. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells the Clarion-Ledger the law will particularly help Delta State University in Cleveland and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, which ...

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Education Department rejects bids to operate school system

TATE COUNTY — The state Department of Education has tabled plans to find a private operator for Tate County schools. State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham said one of the reasons for that is all of the submitted proposals were too high. He says the proposals were two or three times higher than what the department wanted to spend for ...

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Bryant to lead delegation to U.S.-Canada trade conference

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic development officials at the 5th Annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference and trade mission, which is scheduled for May 20-22 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mississippi businesses, economic developers, university representatives and local officials are encouraged to join the state’s delegation at ...

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County leaders want to know why highway project is delayed

PEAR RIVER COUNTY — State transportation officials are to discuss the $10 million four-laning of U.S. 11 in a meeting this week with Pearl River County leaders. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the project will be delayed, raising questions from local officials. County Engineer Les Dungan tells the Picayune Item the project would help solve Picayune and ...

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Mississippi man named dean of Missouri Law School

COLUMBIA, Mo. — An associate dean at the University of Mississippi has been named dean of the University of Missouri’s School of Law. Missouri Provost Brian Foster announced April 9 that Gary Myers will take the reins from L. Lawrence Dessem as dean of the law school, beginning Aug. 15. “Gary Myers comes to MU with extensive experience in legal ...

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Lawmakers approve phone-deregulation legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi would lose most of its remaining regulatory authority over AT&T under a bill the House gave final passage Monday. Telephone service in Mississippi was mostly deregulated in 2006, ending the Public Service Commission’s traditional power to set rates. House Bill 825 would remove the commission’s remaining ratemaking authority over 30,000 local-only landlines. The measure would also end ...

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State's teen birth rate falls, but still leads nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report. Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent. Rates stayed about the same in three states: Montana, North Dakota ...

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Longleaf pine reforestation could have $300M economic impact

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — A long-term, federal initiative aimed at more than doubling the size of longleaf pine forests in the Southeast could have an estimated $300 million economic impact in the Mississippi Pine Belt. In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 20 restoration projects had been programmed for 2012, including a $2.7 million effort in the DeSoto National ...

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Delta community collects $100K to pay IRS tax lien

METCALFE — The town of Metcalfe has collected $100,000 from a bonding company and will use the money to pay on a tax lien imposed by the Internal Revenue Service. The town sued former mayor Shirley Allen, former town clerk Brenda Gibbs and several former and current aldermen who served between 1999-2009 to recoup money through their bonding agent — ...

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