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Rand Paul: Miss. GOP reuniting after ‘spirited’ primary

JACKSON — Mississippi Republicans are reuniting after a divisive party primary for the U.S. Senate, a potential 2016 presidential candidate said Monday. First-term Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was in Jackson to speak at a $250-per-person fundraising luncheon for the Mississippi Republican Party. During a news conference before the event at the Old Capitol Inn, Paul […] [...]

High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

by Published: December 8,2014

Tags: Business, economy, environment, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant’s arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay […] [...]

Cochran’s Vicksburg park bill before Senate

by Published: December 8,2014

Tags: Business, Civil War, Mississippi, NEWS, Thad Cochran, VICKSBURG

JACKSON — Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is expecting a vote in the Senate as early as this week on legislation to allow the Vicksburg National Military Park to add 10,000 acres to protect historic Civil War battlefield sites in Claiborne and Hinds counties. Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., co-sponsored the bill. It passed […] [...]

Miss. appeal on gay-marriage dispute set on Jan. 9

by Published: December 5,2014

Tags: Business, gay marriage, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Three federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month about Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday set the Mississippi arguments for Jan. 9 in New Orleans. That’s the same day and place that the same panel of judges will hear arguments over similar cases […] [...]

Miss. charter board OKs 1 school, rejects second

by Published: December 5,2014

Tags: Business, Charter schools, education, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Mississippi will get its second charter school. The state’s Charter School Advisory Board voted Friday to approve an application by Midtown Partners, a Jackson community group that plans to open a middle school serving up to 220 students in grades 5-8. The board lauded the school’s plan to model operations on a successful […] [...]

Mississippi to get $59K in Sirius XM settlement

by Published: December 5,2014

Tags: Business, media, Mississippi, NEWS, Sirius XM

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $59,413 from Sirius XM Radio Inc. in a national settlement to resolve complaints about misleading advertising and billing practices. Attorney General Jim Hood says the additional restitution for consumers has no cap and will depend on how many eligible residents of the state apply and the facts specific to their […] [...]

4 companies honored with export awards

JACKSON — Four Mississippi companies have been honored for their success in maintaining or increasing export sales. The 2014 awards were presented Wednesday by Gov. Phil Bryant in Jackson. Columbus-based BankTEL Systems, provider of financial accounting and cash management software, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the service sector. Hattiesburg-based BioSoil Enhancers, […] [...]

Ocean Springs, clinic settle dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs will pay $437,500 in damages in the Psycamore mental health clinic discrimination case. The Justice Department had cited the city for discriminating against people with mental disabilities in denying the permit. The city’s board of aldermen voted 5-1 in 2011 to deny a permit to allow Psycamore […] [...]

Clarksdale, Itta Bena get federal development help

by Published: December 5,2014

Tags: Business, Clarksdale, food, Itta Bena, Mississippi, NEWS, vegetables

JACKSON — The cities of Clarksdale and Itta Bena are among 26 communities chosen to get federal help to integrate local food systems into their economic development plans. Six federal agencies announced the winners Wednesday from among 316 applicants for the “Local Foods, Local Places” program designed to encourage creative economic development in 19 states. […] [...]

Lawyer: Let same-sex marriage start soon in Mississippi

JACKSON — An attorney is again asking a federal appeals court to let same-sex marriages start next week in Mississippi. Roberta Kaplan represents a gay-rights group and two lesbian couples challenging Mississippi’s legal definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled for the plaintiffs Nov. 25, […] [...]

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