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Community colleges getting additional $8 million for job training

A measure that will provide $8 million for Workforce Enhancement Training at community colleges received Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature Wednesday. The colleges will use the WET fund money to provide training for jobs and skills that employers have identified as being in demand. “For Mississippi to compete in a global marketplace, we must have a skilled workforce,” Bryant said. “This ...

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January unemployment jumped more than half-percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment jumped to 9.3 percent in January, wiping out almost a year’s worth of job gains. The state’s unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in December and 10 percent rate in January 2012. The number of people who reported having a job fell even as the state’s labor force shrank. Mississippi reported 141,000 unemployed people in December, ...

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Agreement reached to keep NOAA system at port

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Port Authority commissioners have approved an agreement with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to maintain a system that provides helpful navigational information for port users. Under the agreement, port director Mark McAndrews tells The Mississippi Press the port will maintain and operate the Physical Oceanographic Real Time System that was installed by NOAA. The agreement ...

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Selectmen vote down proposed rental property ordinance

MCCOMB — The McComb Board of Selectmen has defeated a proposal to require rental property owners to obtain a privilege license and have their properties inspected annually. The Enterprise-Journal reports the board voted 4-2 against the proposed ordinance. Urban planner Laurence Leyens had told board members this past week that people make a living from rental properties and it should ...

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Hospital unveils plan for new hospice facility; fundraiser underway

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital plans to open a 12-patient hospice facility for the terminally ill by mid-2015. The Hattiesburg American reports the Hospice House of South Mississippi will be built on five acres of donated land. Officials with the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation announced a capital campaign to raise $5 million to build the Hospice House. Foundation president Bill ...

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Isaac-damaged piers may not be repaired by summer

GULFPORT — Gulfport officials say piers along the Gulf Coast that were damaged by Hurricane Isaac in August may not be repaired before summer. The Category 1 storm that hit Aug. 29 tore up slats, pilings and jetties from Biloxi to Pass Christian. Officials say the repairs and improvements must be approved by FEMA and put out for bids before ...

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Cochran backs bill exempting small farms from EPA rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has endorsed legislation that would provide relief to small farms from Environmental Protection Agency fuel storage requirements that are set to take effect in May. Cochran is an original cosponsor to the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (S.496) that would amend the EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to ...

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Expert again warns city of dropping traffic at airport

TUPELO — An airline industry expert has renewed warnings to Tupelo officials that the local airport could lose federal subsidies if the number of commercial air travelers remains low. The comments from Mike Mooney of Sixel Consulting Group came during a meeting that gave stakeholders in the Tupelo Regional Airport a chance to get a progress report on operations, finances ...

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State to get nearly $115K in settlement with Google

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $114,995 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks around the world. The state’s share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood says the settlement is the result of nearly two years ...

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Senate passes House's education bill; includes charter schools

JACKSON — In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools. The Senate voted 28-23 to approve its version of House Bill 890. It includes the latest Senate version of ...

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