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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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Lab owner's attorneys say client is being punished for activism

WATER VALLEY — Federal prosecutors want a judge to prohibit defense lawyers from saying a laboratory owner’s past environmental activism is the reason behind her prosecution on charges of faking wastewater samples. Tennie White, owner of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was indicted Nov. 7 on charges of making false statements and obstruction related to tests that a company hired ...

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New university president marks first day at work

HATTIESBURG — New University of Southern Mississippi president Rodney Bennett began his first day on the job yesterday speaking with members of local media and meeting with his executive cabinet this morning. USM is also celebrating Founders’ Day. “What a wonderful day to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty and staff and the founding of our university,” he ...

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Guilty plea expected in trial over exported Russian chicken

PASCAGOULA — Court records say a man is expected to plead guilty in an alleged conspiracy to falsify the temperatures of chicken exported from Mississippi to Russia. The April 2012 indictment says Gerald Miller, Patrick McLain and Terry White arranged the export of chicken that did not meet temperature requirements under a trade agreement with Russia. White was scheduled to ...

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