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Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to invest in Mississippi’s economic future,” ...

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Governor signs Kemper plant-related bills into law

KEMPER COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant signed two bills into law yesterday, codifying a settlement between the Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Co. over the company’s Kemper County power plant. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., filed for a seven-year-rate plan as contemplated under one of the laws less than two hours after Bryant approved the measures. ...

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House passes numerous bills offering business tax breaks

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars’ worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it’s unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate. A top budget writer, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, estimated yesterday that the proposed tax breaks would be worth at least $50 million a year and he said that’s a big ...

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Former contractor's federal bank fraud trial rescheduled

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven city contractor James Malcolm Harris Jr., who has business ties to Mayor Greg Davis and was recently indicted on bank fraud charges, has had his federal trial reset for Sept. 9. Harris’ attorney, David Hill, asked the court to delay a March 4 trial, saying they needed more time to prepare the case. The Commercial Appeal ...

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Atlanta lays claim to Dixie's 'Most Miserable' metropolis

The late humorist Lewis Grizzard had a standard refrain for Northerners who complained about life in his beloved Atlanta: “Delta is ready when you are.” For a little variation, he would sometimes remind them that “Interstate-75 goes both ways.” It’s perhaps well and good that the longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist is not around to hear today’s news. Atlanta landed the ...

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Bill passes making gun permit info harder to obtain

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill today that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits. The bill would exclude the permit information from the state public records act. A court order would be required to obtain the data. A representative of Gov. Phil Bryant’s office said that there have been ...

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Baptist chooses IDS solution to cut billing, revenue cycle

JACKSON — Medical Practice Solutions (MPS), a division of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc., has selected technology from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based IDS to expedite billing and tighten the healthcare system’s revenue cycle. AbbaDox Charge Capture gives physicians the ability to record and immediately submit patient care charge details directly to billing departments, according to a release from IDS. In addition ...

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Expert: BP's cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program on the rig that exploded ...

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New school still on track to open next January

OXFORD — Framework is in place and brickwork is progressing on the new Oxford High School. Tim Prewitt, who oversees the work for Eley Guild Hardy, the school district’s architecture firm for the project, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the project’s January 2014 opening target is still doable. Oxford School Board members voted yesterday to hire the firm to ...

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Banks honored for regional small business lending

GULFPORT — Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank have received a combined eight national and regional Greenwich Excellence Awards in Small Business and Middle Market Banking for 2012. According to a news release, the two Gulf South financial institutions were among the top six percent of eligible organizations to earn the coveted Greenwich Associates recognition, which is based on interviews with ...

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