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Russo named CEO of Phosphate Holdings/Mississippi Phosphates

PASCAGOULA — Phosphate Holdings Inc., and Mississippi Phosphates Corporation has a new chief executive officer. The company, in a news release, said Stephen S. Russo has replaced interim CEO James L. Sherbert. Sherbert will remain on the board of directors under the new title of executive chairman. Russo will oversee all company operations and be […] [...]

Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, […] [...]

Coast family wins $644K in tideland lawsuit against state

BAY ST. LOUIS — A family that owned a beachfront restaurant in Bay St. Louis before Hurricane Katrina has won $644,000 against the state in a lawsuit, with jurors ruling land the state took to build a new small craft harbor was not state tideland but private property. Paul Scott, a lawyer for the Murphy […] [...]

Judge intends to rule on McDaniel’s challenge before general election

LAUREL — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff says his intention is to have the case settled in time for the November general election. Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee of Lucedale held a status conference in the case today in Laurel. In his lawsuit, […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

State’s students score higher on ACT, but still below U.S. average

by Published: August 20,2014

Tags: ACT, college, education, public education, public school, test

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — ACT scores in Mississippi rose slightly again last year, although only about one in eight Magnolia State students are ready for college by the standards of the test. Mississippi’s 2014 high school graduates made an average composite score of 19 on the test, ticking up from 18.9 last year. That’s still well […] [...]

Two more human cases of West Nile identified

HINDS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY  — State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile virus. The state Department of Health said yesterday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including one death […] [...]

Children won’t lose welfare if parents fail drug test

JACKSON — Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state’s welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but it was delayed after advocates for low-income families said […] [...]

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