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Committee rejects Bomgar's nomination to Education Board

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has rejected Joel Bomgar’s nomination to join the state Board of Education. Bomgar, the 33-year-old founder of Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland, saw his nomination tabled on an 8-7 vote. Opponents subjected Bomgar, a Jackson resident, to sharp questioning about his board membership on the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy, his choice to home-school ...

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After 30 years, children's clothing business relocating to Texas

NATCHEZ — Kelly’s Kids, which has operated its children’s clothing operation in Mississippi and Louisiana for 30 years, will move to Texas in 2014. Kelly’s Kids products are sold by representatives who host in-home parties and through the Internet and catalog. Its sole retail store is an outlet in Natchez where the company now is headquartered. Company CEO Ashton James ...

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Hospital opens Pediatric Surgery Center; claims only one in state

FLOWOOD — River Oaks Hospital has opened what it claims is the state’s only free standing Pediatric Surgery Center in Flowood. The Pediatric Surgery Center is specifically designed to perform same-day procedures for children ages three months to 19 years of age. The center will be used by physicians from a variety of specialties from across the state. Dr. April ...

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Supervisors want massive, multi-facility renovation project

HERNANDO — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors plans a massive facilities overhaul affecting dozens of buildings and offices and costing an estimated $14.4 million. The Commercial Appeal reports the projects include relocating juvenile justice functions from the crowded courthouse, building a 230-bed expansion at the new jail site, and purchasing buildings for Facilities Management and Emergency Services operations. A projected ...

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Railcar repair facility coming, bringing 40 new jobs

BROOKHAVEN — American Railcar Industries will locate a railcar repair facility in Brookhaven and bring in as many as 40 new jobs, according to a published report. The Daily Leader reports the formal announcement was coming today from Gov. Phil Bryant and company and local officials. The newspaper reports recent public notices say Brookhaven will receive about $650,000 from the ...

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Judge drops capital murder charge against Delta doctor

GREENWOOD — A judge has dismissed a charge of capital murder against Greenwood Dr. Arnold Smith, who is charged in arranging an attack on a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn decided that prosecutors’ indictment of Smith does not support a capital murder charge. Hilburn ruled prosecutors can pursue the lesser charge of depraved heart murder, ...

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Charter school bill finally passes; Bryant says he'll sign

JACKSON — After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped to preserve more elements of ...

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Election to held for House seat left vacant by suicide

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jessica Upshaw. The election is May 14 in District 95, covering parts of Harrison and Hancock counties. A runoff, if necessary, will be June 4. The qualifying deadline is April 15, and candidates run without party ...

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Public hearing called to mull community's new liquor law

NEW ALBANY — New Albany residents will get a look at the city’s new liquor ordinance at a public hearing on May 7. Local voters approved the sale of liquor and wine on March 19. The board of aldermen was to adopt an ordinance setting parameters not addressed directly by state law. Mayor Tom Kent says bringing liquor sales to ...

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Fees will not increase on small loans

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are rejecting a plan to raise fees on loans between $500 and $4,000. On a voice vote, House members rejected Senate Bill 2571, with opponents saying it was immoral to raise interest rates on hard-up borrowers. House members technically sent the bill back for more negotiations, but senators didn’t act, killing the bill. Proponents said loan ...

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