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Legislation passes that would merge school districts

JACKSON — Three pairs of school districts would be merged under bills passed today by the Senate Education Committee. Separate measures would combine school districts in Greenwood and Leflore County, Winona and Montgomery County and Claiborne and Jefferson counties. Leflore and Claiborne have been in the spotlight after they were taken over by the state for poor academic performance and ...

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Stennis Space Center second in survey of best federal places to work

NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi is the No. 2 best place to work in the country, according to a survey of federal organizations released today by the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions. The Partnership for Public Service surveyed more than 2 million federal employees to rank Stennis as a favorite among the best places to work ...

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Dan Rather to discuss world leadership Feb. 18 at Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Dan Rather, one of the major names in U.S. television news history, will speak Feb. 18 at Mississippi State. The CBS Evening News anchor from 1981-2005 will be the special guest of the university’s Student Association for a 7 p.m. program in the Colvard Student Union’s Foster Ballroom. His presentation is another in the SA’s  Global Lecture ...

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Organizers high on spring furniture trade show

TUPELO — The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market opens Thursday with organizer saying that preregistration numbers up nearly 30 percent and available space is 99 percent filled. The biannual furniture industry trade show ends Sunday. Market president Kevin Seddon tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal if the weather cooperates and if the early numbers hold up, the spring market could be ...

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Supervisors offer option on land to KiOR for plant

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has offered to extend an option on the former Belwood Country Club property to alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR. KiOR previously had a contract signed on a 120 acre-tract of the county-owned Belwood property but the option had expired. Board attorney Scott Slover tells The Natchez Democrat KiOR officials will review the contract ...

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TVA loses $67M in first quarter of 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority reports that operating expenses declined and its bottom line results improved in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 compared with the same quarter a year ago. “Our efforts to keep rates low and reliability high for our customers by working more efficiently helped to offset lower sales and revenues reported in the ...

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U.S. Senate to vote on 2014 Farm Bill today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow. Cloture was invoked with bipartisan support of 72-22. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ...

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Folks singing the blues over missing B.B. King marker

One of the most important markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail appears to have been stolen. A marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing. It was located in front of a small clump of trees at the dusty intersection of County Roads 305 and 513 just west of Itta Bena. All ...

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Supreme Court hearing case involving alligators, ExxonMobil

WILKINSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corporation over an alleged alligator infestation, with justices scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday. The dispute involves more than 80 alligators that Tom Christmas and his wife argue they didn’t discover on land next to their homestead until four years after they ...

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County loses revenue from pipeline, Section 42 housing

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County is taking an unexpected hit in revenue with a recent drop in the assessed value of a major pipeline and a loss in tax revenue from federally subsidized housing. The Sun Herald reports a state tax appeals board ruled in favor of the owners of the Destin Pipeline, and lowered its assessed value by about $1.5 ...

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