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Justices Scalia and Kagan to speak at Ole Miss

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Supreme Court

OXFORD — Two U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to speak at the University of Mississippi. Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan will speak Monday at a session hosted by the Ole Miss law school. The session will be moderated by law school Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, a constitutional law professor. Though Scalia generally sides […] [...]

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS

DURANT — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem as profound as in this tiny town smack in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their nights searching for math and other problems on the Internet because […] [...]

Grenada plastics company to expand, add 60 jobs

by Published: December 15,2014

Tags: Business, Grenada, manufacturing, Mississippi, NEWS

GRENADA — An Illinois company will invest $350,000 to expand its Grenada factory, adding 60 jobs. Suburban Plastics, based in Elgin, Illinois, announced last week it would expand its current factory by 25,000 square feet to increase production. Vice President Jeremy Baxter says the company has “a strong trend of continuing growth” in Grenada. The […] [...]

Prison review group examining no-bid contracts

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Chris Epps, Mississippi, NEWS, prisons

JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing Mississippi prison contracts could make recommendations that would affect other state agencies, as well. That’s the word from former Attorney General Mike Moore, who’s on the five-member task force appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant. The group met for the first time Friday. Moore says members are paying close attention […] [...]

Ole Miss: Freeze to earn $4.3 million next season

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze earned a big raise after leading the program to a nine-win season and a spot in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. The school said on Friday that it’s finalized a contract with Freeze that will pay a base salary of $4.3 million next season — a raise of […] [...]

Wife of GOP Sen. Cochran of Mississippi dies

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Thad Cochran

JACKSON — Rose Clayton Cochran — who became a focal point in the re-election campaign of her husband, Sen. Thad Cochran, when a man was accused of taking bedridden photos of her to use against the Republican — has died. She was 73. She died Friday at a hospice facility in Ridgeland, Mississippi, after a long […] [...]

Miss. poised to control Yellow Creek Port property

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Tishomingo County

IUKA — The U.S. Senate has given final approval to transferring Yellow Creek Port property in northeast Mississippi from federal control to state control. A bill passed the Senate Thursday, weeks after it passed the House in September. It is headed to President Barack Obama, and a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says […] [...]

Uber now available in Jackson

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Hinds County, JACKSON, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

JACKSON — The ride-hailing company Uber has launched service in Jackson. Uber Technologies Inc. provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. Uber drivers use their personal cars and often do it for extra cash to supplement their income at other jobs. The company said it […] [...]

Bath awarded $21M contract for destroyers

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Ingalls, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree said the shipyard was already […] [...]

Dems offer alternative plan for Miss. FY16 budget

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are offering their own budget proposal that they say would pump more money into education. Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory and Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson released the plan on behalf of their colleagues Thursday. It came two days after the Republican-led Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its […] [...]

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