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Group pushes for bill to disclose insurance costs by area

JACKSON — A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, is meant to provide evidence to people who are fighting for lower insurance […] [...]

Former Miss. Supreme Court chief justice Lee dies at 99

FOREST — Roy Noble Lee, who served 16 years on the Mississippi Supreme Court and retired as chief justice in 1993, died Wednesday at his home in Forest. He was 99. Funeral services were pending with Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest, where he was chairman of the board. Then-Gov. Cliff Finch appointed Lee […] [...]

Keel-laying ceremony held for new container ship

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered combination container roll-on/roll-off ships for long-time customer Crowley Maritime Corp. A ceremony took place Wednesday at the Pascagoula yard. Traditionally, the keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s construction. The keel forms the backbone of a […] [...]

Local, state, federal officials launch Singing River Hospital probe

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County district attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state auditor’s office are looking into allegations of misconduct by officials with Singing River Health System. Singing River has been under constant fire since it was made public that the health system stopped paying into its retirees’ pension fund in […] [...]

Moss Point schools superintendent plans to retire

by Published: January 20,2015

Tags: Business, education, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Moss Point, NEWS

MOSS POINT — Moss Point schools Superintendent Maggie Griffin is planning to retire on June 30. Griffin says she has notified her staff and the school board. The Vancleave native, who has 35 years of education experience, came to the district in 2012 from an assistant superintendent job at Laurel School District. Griffin earned $128,000 […] [...]

Calvert pays environmental fine, agrees to improvement plan

RICHLAND — A Rankin County company is paying a $9,034 civil fine and has agreed to spend at least $15,000 to install a solvent recovery system. The Calvert Co. agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which found the company wasn’t properly labeling, handling or inspecting hazardous waste. In its […] [...]

Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Tate Reeves

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to eliminate Mississippi’s $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker and decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit. Republican Reeves is seeking his second term, and he announced his election-year legislative agenda Monday during a speech at the Capitol. He says he wants to revamp the school […] [...]

North Carolina officials may revisit Sanderson Farms plant incentives

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Cumberland County officials may reconsider tax breaks and other sweeteners for a proposed poultry plan that could employ 1,000 workers. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cumberland County commissioners may vote Tuesday to set a public hearing on an incentives package for the Sanderson Farms plant. The Mississippi-based company told economic development officials […] [...]

BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP head to federal court Tuesday for a trial in that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay Clean Water Act penalties […] [...]

Bryant accused of improper role in community college search

JACKSON — The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action. After failing to choose a candidate following interviews in December, Board Chairman Bruce Martin of Meridian said the board took […] [...]

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