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It's showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as planned in the start up, ...

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Greenwood, Cleveland earn National Main Street accreditations

Special to the MBJ Main Street Greenwood and Team Cleveland Main Street have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited ...

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal ...

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Two companies announce new jobs in Pontotoc

PONTOTOC — State and local officials gathered today as representatives from Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress, Inc. and Eaton Custom Seating announced they were investing in new and existing operations, respectively, in Pontotoc. The two companies are creating a total of 55 new jobs. Headquartered in North Carolina, Brooks and Dehart Furniture Xpress is a furniture-only logistics and delivery company. The ...

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High Court declines to hear Equifax's appeal of state tax ruling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said today that it won’t hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. involving what it considered an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. The appeal was a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn’t earn any taxable income in the state. The state Department of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – former Governor Sarah Palin, former ...

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Mat Sinking Unit to begin work; holding Blessing of the Fleet

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) will leave the harbor for its annual revetment season on July 9. The District will host a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony July 9 at 10 a.m., at City Front in Vicksburg as the MSU departs. A tradition that dates back to medieval times, the Blessing ...

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Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of the state. Acreage for both ...

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Health Department issues CONS, one for cost overrun

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) to three health care-related projects, including one for a cost overrun. St. Dominic – Jackson Memorial Hospital received CON authority for the renovation of 17,008 square feet of space on the first and second floors of the hospital in order to modernize its Operating Room East area. ...

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College Board to ask lawmakers for 10-plus percent budget increase

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The College Board has voted to seek an additional $76.3 million in state funding for Mississippi’s eight public universities when the Legislature gathers next year to write the 2016 budget. That’s a 10.2 percent increase over the funding they will receive in the 2015 budget year. In the last two budgeting cycles, universities have asked for smaller ...

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