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Parents Campaign chief challenges accuracy of school 'dropout factories' report

Nancy Loome, executive director of the education advocacy group The Parents Campaign, says she has set the record straight about a claim by the Center for Public Policy that dozens of Mississippi high schools have become “dropout factories.” Many of the schools named in the report were erroneously identified as having excessive dropout rates, Loom said in an email to ...

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House Speaker Gunn seeking citizen views on legislative issues

  Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will travel the state next week for a series of town hall-style meetings to gather comments and suggestions in preparation for the 2013 legislative session. The meetings will take place the week of Oct. 8, and each meeting will last for an hour and 15 minutes. Here’s the schedule: Monday, Oct. 8, 
9 a.m. ...

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Officials to present Metro Jackson 10-year economic plan

Vision 2022/One-Voice, a 10-year economic plan for Metro Jackson, will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Center. Metro area city officials and business leaders will be on hand to discuss the multi-year plan to transform the Greater Jackson Region into a destination community attracting businesses, families, and tourists for its quality of life “Place” and economic ...

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Capital City to pay fine to Labor Department for overtime violations

JACKSON — The Department of Labor has fined the city of Jackson $31,750 for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act uncovered during a recent federal probe. The Clarion-Ledger reports the department began investigating the city in late 2011 after some unidentified officers complained that their superiors were making them work overtime without proper pay. The penalty comes months after ...

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Lawmakers to take hard look at saving money on prisons

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they want to examine sentencing, parole and corrections practices to see if the state can find ways to save money on prisons. Two state House committees — Corrections and Judiciary B — met jointly yesterday to hear from judges, prosecutors, the Parole Board chairman and the corrections commissioner. “We’re going to have to establish some ...

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Flood project looks to aid emergency response agencies

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has funded a University of Mississippi project to assist local emergency response agencies in the Delta in preparing for flood-related disasters. “Flood Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Associated with Mississippi River Levees” is a $470,776 study that began in June 2011 and continues through April 2013. Geological and civil engineering faculty, along with ...

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Last family member in oil spill fraud scheme sentenced

GULFPORT — The final defendant in a family’s scheme to defraud the government of oil spill recovery money must repay $21,000 and serve four months under house arrest along with three years of probation. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Sonya Renee Williams, of Gulfport, also must perform 70 hours of community service. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III ...

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Judge tosses oil spill lawsuit brought by BP gas stations, stores

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed claims by BP fuel stations and convenience stores that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant’s brand and cost them business. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling says the dealers’ claims against BP PLC aren’t viable under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, ...

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Nissan bringing back low-cost Datsun cars in emerging countries

Nissan Motor Co. is banking on retro to bring in big bucks in emerging countries with its revival of the Datsun, a name people over 40 might remember for the slogan “Datsun, We Are Driven!” In a Wall Street Journal report, the Japanese car maker and major central Mississippi employer is said to be preparing a new, low-cost version of ...

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All-American makes another Louisiana purchase

MADISON — All American Check Cashing has completed the acquisition of Cash 4 Checks of Covington, La. Terms were not disclosed. This marks the third merger and acquisition for All American this year. The acquisition of Cash 4 Checks will be in name only — according to All-American there will be no change in the day to day operation at ...

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