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Common Core causes split in Republican ranks

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Most, if not all, the opposition to enacting new Common Core academic standards for Mississippi students has come from politicians and people affiliated with the Republican Party. But thus far that opposition has not included three crucial Republicans – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. It is hard to ...

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South Mississippi Housing and Development CEO steps down

GULFPORT, Mississippi – Demetria Simpson, CEO and president of South Mississippi Housing and Development Corp., has resigned from the affordable housing nonprofit, according to a Thursday news release. In February, she will become executive director at R³SM, a regional United Way agency committed to long-term community recovery. Simpson, whose last day will be Wednesday, has been at the helm of ...

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Pay lags for Mississippi government employees

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Mississippi State Personnel Board director Deanna Mosley tells lawmakers on Thursday that the average in Mississippi is $34,506. That compares to the four states’ average of $43,614. Mississippi government employees’ most recent across-the-board pay raise ...

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Utility-rate incentives extended for small businesses

JACKSON, Mississippi — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi “mom and pop” businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to a news release from Presley. The “Small Business Rate ...

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Craving BBQ? Try 2nd To None in Gulfport

Got a hankering for barbecue? There’s a new restaurant that the state Health Department has given the go-ahead to open. 2nd To None BBQ at 8220 Arkansas Ave. in Gulfport features pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and shrimp, shrimp Alfredo, catfish, tilapia, baked beans, potato salad, Caribbean jerk chicken and more menu items. Donte Thompson is the owner.

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Curtain comes down on Thalia Mara temporarily as refurbishing gets under way

The restoration of Jackson’s aging Thalia Mara Hall will reach the point-of-no-return Monday as workers began tearing out its more than 2,300 seats. The nearly half-century-old entertainment hall will shut down as workers scramble to replace the seating, lighting, heating and air conditioning system and complete a host of other restoration chores. Their goal is to get it all done ...

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MSU signs agreement with UN organization while in Rome

STARKVILLE — During meetings this week in Rome, Mississippi State University officials formally broadened a 2010 agreement to work together with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on initiatives to address world hunger and poverty. MSU president Mark E. Keenum and FAO deputy director general Daniel Gustafson signed a memorandum of understanding that expands the 2010 foundation for ...

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BancorpSouth merging with La. bank in stock/cash deal

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Inc. has signed a definitive merger agreement with Ouachita Bancshares Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Ouachita Independent Bank (OIB) headquartered in Monroe, La., whereby Ouachita Bancshares Corp. will be merged with and into BancorpSouth, Inc. OIB operates 12 full-service banking offices; six in the Monroe-West Monroe, La., area, four in the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area and ...

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