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‘Voice of the Bulldogs’ Jack Cristil dies at 88

STARKVILLE — Jack Cristil, who called more than 1,500 Mississippi State contests, has died. In a news release, the university said Cristil died last night at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications from kidney disease and cancer after an extended illness. He was 88. Cristil was the “Voice of the Bulldogs” for 58 […] [...]

State budget narratives speak loudly as lawmakers face re-election

JACKSON — Writing a state budget is not only about numbers. It’s also about narrative. With most Mississippi lawmakers seeking re-election in 2015, everyone who helps write the budget, or simply votes for it, will be eager to tell constituents that the spending plan is one of the strongest and most efficient in state history. […] [...]

Sheriff assures city of continued inmate labor

CORINTH — Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart is assuring local officials he will continue to provide inmate labor. Rinehart met this past week with Corinth officials who are concerned about changes in numbers of inmates assigned to the city each day. Rinehart said while in the past the county has averaged had 65 to 68 […] [...]

Bryant’s position on refugee children unchanged after meeting with religious leaders

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to block additional legal child refugees from being resettled in Mississippi hasn’t changed following a meeting with Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Jackson runs a program to resettle child refugees under sponsorship of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. » READ MORE: DAVID DALLAS […] [...]

Charter school board receives applications for more than a dozen new schools

JACKSON — Mississippi’s charter school board has received letters from 10 organizations that say they intend to apply for 17 schools. The board is scheduled to vote on approvals in December. It can approve up to 15 schools per year, but earlier this year approved only one at the end of the first-ever application process. […] [...]

McDaniel’s camp files notice to appeal dimissal of lawsuit

LAUREL — A tea party-supported candidate is taking the first step to try to revive his lawsuit that challenges his Republican primary loss to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Attorneys for state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed a notice of appeal Friday, saying they intend to ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s dismissal of […] [...]

BP possibly facing another $18B in fines after Barbier’s oil spill ruling

NEW ORLEANS — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled yesterday that the company acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier concluded that the London-based oil giant showed a […] [...]

Kemper County power plant costs rise another $30M

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. says it will cost at least another $30 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost to nearly $5.6 billion. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. said the additional money will pay for material and labor during the plant’s startup […] [...]

Childers challenges Cochran to debates; Cochran noncommittal

JACKSON — Mississippi voters deserve to hear U.S. Senate candidates debate issues such as the minimum wage and the availability of health care, the Democratic nominee said yesterday. Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said he’s challenging six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran to debate him four times before the Nov. 4 election — once in each […] [...]

Charter school board votes to hire Louisiana woman as executive director

JACKSON — An official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 yesterday to hire Marian Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. If that board approves, Schutte could start work by early November, in time to help the […] [...]

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