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BOBBY HARRISON: Earlier MAEP funding promises haven’t been kept

By Bobby Harrison  In 2006, a number of Republican legislators crammed into then-Gov. Haley Barbour’s state Capitol office for the signing of a bill to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The only Democrat in the group was then-House Committee Chair Cecil Brown of Jackson. Brown waited with the group for the governor for a brief while, looking uncomfortable, ...

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Expert on airlines predicts Jackson-Evers will keep remaining carriers

The bad news for Central Mississippi air travelers is that Jackson-Medgar Evers International is very unlikely to get a low-cost carrier to fill the void that will be left by Southwest Airline’s June 7 departure. The good news, however, is that the regional airport will keep its remaining carriers – American Airlines (set to merge with U.S. Air Airlines), Delta ...

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JACKSON JILTED —Southwest Airlines pulling up stakes and leaving Mississippi

Central Mississippi’s airline travel choices sustained a severe blow Thursday with an announcement by Southwest Airlines that it will cease flight service at Jackson-Medgar Evers International on June 7. Company spokesman Brad Hawkins said years of charting passenger counts at Jackson’s airport led to a conclusion the service was no longer financially worthwhile. “We saw waning demand for Southwest service ...

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Pickering named CEO at COMPTEL

JACKSON, Mississippi — Capitol Resources LLC announces former Mississippi Congressman Chip Pickering moves in-house to manage Capitol Resources’ client COMPTEL “We are excited about Chip moving in-house to lead the team at COMPTEL as CEO,” commented Capitol Resources managing partner Clare Hester. “With Chip’s extensive background in telecommunications, this is a natural fit for him to be at the helm ...

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Summit pushes chemical manufacturing in Miss.

JACKSON, Mississippi — An economist says that Mississippi has an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development. Louisiana State University Professor David Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production. At the Governor’s Energy Summit Thursday, Dismukes presented preliminary results from his study. It suggests ...

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Hood issues opinion on open-carry gun law

JACKSON — Mississippi municipalities, counties and school districts may rethink restrictions they have placed on the open carry of guns in the wake of a new opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood’s office made public today an opinion issued to the city of Corinth regarding its new ordinance that restricts the carrying of guns — concealed or otherwise — ...

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Mississippi ranked among world’s top places for oil and gas investment

JACKSON, Mississippi — Speaking to more than 800 attendees at the Governor’s Energy Summit, Gov. Bryant announced the Fraser Institute has again ranked Mississippi among the world’s most attractive places for oil and gas investment. Mississippi ranks number two globally for energy policy and is first in its tier when energy policy is considered along with proven oil and gas ...

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Judge rules DMR records must be released to newspaper

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to release documents sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel yesterday ordered the documents produced by Monday. She had issued a similar order in October. Pickering has argued a federal subpoena has prevented his releasing documents seized from ...

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SBA approves new Community Advantage lender

GULFPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation (GCRC) as a lender in the Community Advantage Loan program. “This will provide the much needed financing to small businesses in underserved communities in Mississippi to help in their development and growth,” said Janita R. Stewart, district director of the SBA in Mississippi. “GCRC and the ...

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