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State unemployment rate drops to 6.8 pct.

by Published: April 23,2015

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Associated Press Mississippi’s joblessness rate dipped in March for the third month in a row, although employer payrolls shrank. The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in February and 7.8 percent in March 2014. The number of Mississippians saying they had a job rose, while the number of unemployed people fell. […] [...]

College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

JACKSON — The College Board has again turned to one of its own to take the post of higher education commissioner, promoting former Holmes Community College President Glenn Boyce. The board chose the 57-year-old Boyce on Thursday in a closed session and announced the decision Friday. Board President Aubrey Patterson said Boyce will get a four-year […] [...]

Cal-Maine, DOJ announce settlement of water pollution issue

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Cal-Maine, chickens, Mississippi, NEWS

EDWARDS — Mississippi-based egg producer Cal-Maine will bring a facility in Edwards into compliance with its state-issued water discharge permit. The settlement was announced Monday by the company and the Department of Justice. The Justice Department says in a news release that Cal-Maine will pay a $475,000 penalty to be split evenly between the U.S. […] [...]

State wants drug supplier’s name kept secret during appeal

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Denis Owens, Jim Hood, Mississippi, NEWS, prison

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state’s execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge’s order that the name be released. Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled last month that the state’s public records law requires officials to release the […] [...]

Hinds judge says he was justified to bar public defender

JACKSON — Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told the Mississippi Supreme Court Friday that he was justified to bar an assistant public defender from his court, saying she’s incompetent, poorly behaved and can’t follow court rules. In a filing with the high court, Weill wrote that he believes assistant public defender Alison Kelly can […] [...]

Ratings agency maintains Jackson airport credit rating

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Fitch ratings, Jackson airport, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Despite the 2014 pullout of Southwest Airlines, a credit rating agency says the financial outlook at Jackson-Evers International Airport remains stable. Fitch Ratings Friday maintained the airport’s $38 million in debt at BBB+, at the low end of investment-grade ratings, with Fitch saying it expects the rating to remain stable. The rating agency […] [...]

Greenville council members discuss pay raise for employees

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council remains split over pay raises for employees. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that figures reported to the council show it would cost $1.1 million to give city workers a 7.5 percent across-the-board raise, while it would cost $400,000 for a 3 percent raise. Councilman Errick Simmons is urging council members […] [...]

MVSU raises budget by $1.1 million for modular housing loss

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University has raised its budget by $1.1 million to cover costs of buying and installing modular housing on its campus. The university originally intended to lease the dorms, but concluded it would be better to buy them. However, the school is collecting less revenue than expected, because MVSU had […] [...]

Judge rules against Mississippi attorney general over Google

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Google, Jim Hood, Mike Moore, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — A federal judge has ruled against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his effort to keep Google from getting its hands on correspondence between Hood and lobbyists for the movie industry. It’s the latest defeat for Hood in his effort to investigate the Internet search giant, after the same judge wrote a stinging […] [...]

Fitch: $31M in unclaimed property in Mississippi

by Published: April 10,2015

Tags: Business, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, money, NEWS

JACKSON — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch wants to give back more than $31 million coming from things such as forgotten utility deposits, bank accounts and stocks and unclaimed inheritances. Fitch is having published in Sunday newspapers across the state the annual list of the owners’ names and amounts owed to them. State law requires that […] [...]

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