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Tall Boy, Buffalo Park’s male giraffe, dies

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo, zoo

TUPELO — The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo says its male giraffe, Tall Boy, has died of natural causes. Tall Boy was estimated to be at least 20 years old, according to the giraffe’s veterinarian. He was born in Africa and came to the Tupelo Park from Miami, in 2004. Park officials say Tall Boy […] [...]

Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding. Musgrove, a Democrat who helped write the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and push it into law in 1997 when he was lieutenant governor, also asked […] [...]

Bob Boyd, former MSU basketball coach, dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — Bob Boyd, the Southern California basketball coach who led the Trojans to four postseason appearances in the 1960s and ’70s, died Wednesday. He was 84. The school said Boyd died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert. He had planned to attend the UCLA-USC game at Galen Center in the […] [...]

Thompson announced $499K grant for Alcorn State

LORMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $499,794 in food and farm research funds to Alcorn State University. The grant announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. The money comes from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will be used for research and education into regional and […] [...]

Mississippi files fraud lawsuit against Khosla over KiOR failure

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued billionaire Vinod Khosla and others, saying they knew long ago that bankrupt biofuel firm KiOR had poor prospects for success, but misled the state into loaning the company $75 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court, alleges Khosla and others engaged in fraud, negligence […] [...]

Biloxi teacher presented with $25K Milken Award

BILOXI — Carney Weaver, a fourth grade teacher at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi, has received a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards. The award was announced Wednesday during a surprise visit to the school. The Milken Family Foundation Award was first presented in 1987 and is designed to provide […] [...]

Natural gas line fire in Rankin County

BRANDON — Rankin County firefighters are on the scene of a natural gas line rupture and fire off of Mississippi Highway 25 near Brandon. Authorities say it appears the pipeline exploded about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday on Three Prong Trail. Crews at the scene shut off the gas about 7:30 a.m. Sheriff Bryan Bailey says there […] [...]

Judge rules for Hattiesburg council in mayor’s suit

HATTIESBURG — Two Hattiesburg City Council members say a judge’s order will compel Mayor Johnny DuPree to bring forward administrative appointments in a more timely fashion. Details of Judge L. Breland Hilburn’s ruling have not been released. In a brief announcement Tuesday, Breland wrote he had ordered Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree to “comply with his […] [...]

2 teens arrested in connection with Belhaven murder

JACKSON — Two teenagers have been charged with the fatal shooting of a woman injured during a robbery this past week in the Belhaven area of Jackson. The two 17-year-olds were arrested Tuesday by Jackson police during a manhunt for carjacking suspects. They were later charged with capital murder for the robbery and slaying of […] [...]

Miss. tax collections running $91M ahead of expectations

by Published: January 14,2015

Tags: Business, David Dzielak, Eric Clark, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections are running $91 million ahead of expectations just over halfway into the fiscal year, a top budget writer said Tuesday. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said that’s a small portion of the $6 billion budget, but the uptick shows economic conditions are improving. He also said legislators will […] [...]

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