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County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar […] [...]

Officials increase oystermen’s sack limit from seven to 10

GULF OF MEXICO — State marine officials have set the daily oyster limit for commercial tongers will be 10 sacks per licensed vessel in Mississippi. The previous limit was seven sacks. The limit for commercial dredgers also is 10 sacks per day. All Mississippi waters and public or private reefs will be closed on Sundays, […] [...]

Bryant wants free tuition for students with technical diploma

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing a $3 million plan to pay for community college for students who earn a technical diploma in high school. Bryant first floated the proposal earlier this month while speaking at Nissan Motor Co. in Canton and repeated it Monday when he made his proposal for the 2015 budget. […] [...]

Prison-contract task force working in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections as they evaluate state spending with private prison companies and other vendors. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant created the five-member task force this month after former Corrections […] [...]

UM Chancellor Jones: Lymphoma treatment going well

OXFORD — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says his treatment for lymphoma “continues to go as well as possible.” In an email to university employees and alumni, Jones says he is gratified by early good results of his treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The 65-year-old says he expects to […] [...]

State’s jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with […] [...]

Ex-MDEQ leader Fisher joins Butler Snow

RIDGELAND — Trudy D. Fisher, the former executive director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has joined the Butler Snow law firm. Donald Clark Jr., chairman of Butler Snow, says in a news release that Fisher will focus on environmental, energy, regulatory, and government relations matters, including permitting and compliance issues around air, water, […] [...]

Investigators find massive Ag Museum fire was an accident

JACKSON — The fire that destroyed three buildings at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum started by accident, the fire marshal said yesterday. Mike Chaney, who is also the state insurance commissioner, said investigators believe the Nov. 13 fire started because hay was stacked too close to wall-mounted light fixtures on the upper floor of […] [...]

Gulf oil rig explosion kills one worker, injures three

GULF OF MEXICO — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In a […] [...]

State’s casinos took in more winnings in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A strong performance by Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos boosted gambling revenue to $167 million in October. The figure bested the $165.5 million lost by gamblers in October 2013. The 11 casinos in South Mississippi showed 9 percent jump in revenue — despite the closing of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi. Mississippi Department […] [...]

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