Archive for January, 2013

Superintendents association backs HB 890 legislation

by Stephen McDill Published: January 31,2013

Tags: Charter schools, dropout rate, early childhood development, education, literacy, Phil Bryant

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents has issued the following statement regarding reading and math standards legislation being debated at the State Capitol in Jackson: “The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents recognizes that Gov. Bryant has a sincere interest in improving the reading and math skills of the students in public education in Mississippi. Through […] [...]

Sierra Club: Poll shows customer opposition to rate hikes via Kemper coal plant

by Clay Chandler Published: January 31,2013

Tags: Mississippi Power Company, Mississippi Public Service Commission, sierra club

The Sierra Club was supposed to release last Thursday the results of a poll meant to gauge Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers’ attitudes toward the Kemper County coal plant. The environmental group delayed the results because of a hearing in which the Mississippi Public Service Commission reached a rate case settlement with the utility. >> Read […] [...]

Utility’s earnings up, but expansion and hiring delayed

ATLANTA — Southern Company reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $383 million, or 44 cents a share, compared with earnings of $261 million, or 30 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Southern Company, the parent company of Mississippi Power Co., also reported full-year 2012 earnings of $2.35 billion, or $2.70 a share, […] [...]

Study: Confidence in economy holding steady on Coast

by MBJ Staff Published: January 31,2013

Tags: consumer confidence, economy, forecast, job, prediction, sales, study, survey, tax, work, worker

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Confidence in the Mississippi Gulf Coast economy held steady in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the CEO and Business Owners Confidence report from the Gulf Coast Business Council. “For the second consecutive survey, business leaders perceive a modestly improving economy,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business […] [...]

CARTER: Target greed — not Mississippi — for Chicago’s mounting gun tragedies

by Ted Carter Published: January 31,2013

Tags: Business, health, Legal Affairs, Politics, small business

Here’s a statement that came out of Capitol Hill Wednesday that bears some scrutiny by an enterprising police reporter from the Magnolia State: Over the last 10 to 12 years, Mississippi supplied one out of 10 firearms seized in crime investigations in Chicago. So how the heck have we missed knowing what big contributors we’ve […] [...]

Mississippi stops slide in casino revenues – sort of

by Frank Brown Published: January 31,2013

Tags: casinos, gaming, Mississippi Department of Revenue, Mississippi Gaming Commission

Mississippi casinos have halted their four-year slide in annual gross gaming revenues — or have they? In records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011. That stopped a streak of four consecutive years where gaming revenues dropped by an average of about […] [...]

Ag grad students to compete in farmer-judged competition

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University graduate students studying applied row crop agriculture will present their research findings before industry representatives at a new contest. The first Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition will begin at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Bost Extension Center. The master’s competition features two groups speaking from 8 a.m. to […] [...]

Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

by Associated Press Published: January 31,2013

Tags: bill, city, community, legislation, legislator, Legislature, local government, municipal, municipality, Sales Tax, state government, tax, town

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will […] [...]

MEMA gives update on damage from storm system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of damage from 11 counties as a result of severe weather that moved through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. “We were very fortunate that only one minor injury was reported,” said MEMA director Robert Latham. The counties reporting damages are: • Coahoma: Damage to […] [...]

Boats creep by as oil cleanup continues on Mississippi

VICKSBURG — Water vessels were moving cautiously today through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge was leaking oil as Coast Guard officials attempted to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation’s vital commerce routes. Crews on Wednesday began pumping oil from the leaking barge onto another barge — […] [...]

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