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Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, education, government, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year’s fight over vouchers for special education students looms. On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2695, which gives $7,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special education student who wanted to withdraw […] [...]

Ecolab reducing Columbus workforce

COLUMBUS — Ecolab will lay off 66 workers in Columbus over the next several months as the company shifts some of its operations to a new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Company spokesman Roman Blahoski said Columbus employees were informed of the decision this past week. He says the company is moving its manufacturing and logistics and some […] [...]

OSHA fines 4 companies after fatal fish plant explosion

MOSS POINT — Fines totaling $187,620 have been proposed against four companies related to a deadly explosion at Omega Protein last year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that two temporary workers hired to cut and weld pipes at the Moss Point plan on July 28, 2014, had no training to know […] [...]

Slain police chief to be honored with road dedication

ACKERMAN — A portion of Mississippi Highway 15 in Choctaw County will be dedicated to the late French Camp police chief Anthony Dwight Lucas, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the Ackerman Baptist Church Family Life Center. Lucas lived in […] [...]

Lab owner loses challenge to 40 months in waste case

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a Mississippi environmental laboratory owner’s sentence for falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. Tennie White was sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2013. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. White was convicted of two counts of making false statements and one […] [...]

Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo Furniture Market

TUPELO — A delegation from China is visiting the Tupelo Furniture Market on Feb. 4-6 to learn more about furniture products made in the United States. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University, says in a news release that China’s demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased and consumers are […] [...]

Holly Springs Elvis “museum” to be auctioned off Jan 31

HOLLY SPRINGS — Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was “Graceland Too” and all of owner Paul MacLeod’s vehicles will be auctioned Jan. 31 at the mansion in Holly Springs, Attorney Phillip Knecht […] [...]

BP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS — It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans. […] [...]

State Sen. McDaniel traveling Mississippi to promote PAC

JACKSON — Tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is traveling Mississippi promoting a political action committee he formed after losing a 2014 Republican primary to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel, R-Ellisville, filed papers in the Mississippi secretary of state’s office Nov. 6 to create United Conservatives Fund. And he said Friday in a statement […] [...]

Miss. children’s hospital plans $150 million expansion

JACKSON — University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say they’re planning a $150 million expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital to make room for more operating rooms, an imaging center, clinics and a revamped neonatal intensive care unit. Gov. Phil Bryant endorsed the project in Wednesday’s State of the State speech. In a pre-speech briefing, Bryant […] [...]

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