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Charter school bill passes House, heads to Senate

JACKSON — Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 today with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369. Charter schools — public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation — would have to be nonprofit entities. So would management companies. Yesterday, senators ...

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Old bowling alley getting new life as retail center

VICKSBURG — Crews are clearing away the old Red Carpet Lanes bowling alley to make way for a retailing center on Clay Street. The Vicksburg Post reports the sale of the property closed last week. The new owners are Baton Rouge, La.-based developers Michael and Mitch Kimble of Kimble Development. Four buildings are in the works for the site where ...

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Deadline approaching for drought-related aid from SBA

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 29 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Tate, Tippah, Union and Yalobusha counties in Mississippi as a result ...

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Retailer expanding, buying former Viking Cooking School site

RIDGELAND — Cowboy Maloney’s Appliance, Electronics and Bedding Superstores is expanding its Ridgeland location by acquiring the recently closed Viking Cooking School space. The store will be known as Cowboy’s Kitchens. The cost of the acquisition was not disclosed. Since its inception of the, the Viking Store by Cowboy Maloney’s in Ridgeland has seen an increase in sales each month, ...

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Energy company to expand one pellet plant, build another

LUCEDALE and COPIAH COUNTY— Gulf Coast Renewable Energy is ramping up plans for a wood pellet plant in Lucedale, and plans to build another plant just as big in Copiah County. The Mississippi Press reports that the company says it now plans to double the plant’s capacity to 320,000 metric tons of pellets a year — boosting its initial investment ...

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Capital City's $90M infrastructure deal finally approved

JACKSON — After months of negotiations, the city of Jackson’s $90-million infrastructure deal with Siemens has cleared its final hurdle. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Mississippi Development Authority has approved the project, which will use promises of future savings to upgrade the city’s two water plants, install new meters and repair or replace around two miles of sewer lines. The project ...

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Former tough-talking lawmaker dies on Coast at 79

OCEAN SPRINGS — Mack McInnis, a former South Mississippi lawmaker known for his tough talk on prison issues, has died. McInnis’ daughters said their father died in his sleep Sunday. He was 79. McInnis’ memorable statement about a push to make Mississippi prisoners wear striped uniforms made national news in 1994. “We want a prisoner to look like a prisoner, ...

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Non-vote on Medicaid expansion could prompt special session

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday failed for the second time to adopt the Medicaid budget, making a special session highly likely before the fiscal year starts July 1. House Bill 1653 needed support from a majority of elected House members. Instead, Monday’s vote was 57 in favor and 50 against, a few votes shy of the 61 needed for ...

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UPDATE: Charter school bill passes House, heads to Senate

11:20 (AP) Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 today with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369. Charter schools — public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation — would have to be nonprofit entities. So would management companies. Yesterday, senators ...

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Governor withdraws anti-abortionist's nomination to Health Board

RIDGELAND — Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday he’s withdrawing his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland to the state Board of Health. Bryant’s decision came after The Associated Press questioned whether Bryant was fulfilling requirements of a state law that specifies the board’s 11 members must come from certain parts of the state. “Although this code section is ...

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