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Bryant to unveil state budget plan for next year

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is releasing his Mississippi budget blueprint for the coming year. He is expected propose setting aside money for the second year of a teacher pay raise that he approved earlier this year. He’s also expected to propose funding a new program that would help with workforce training in community […] [...]

GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo […] [...]

Southern Pine to cut capital credit refund checks

TAYLORSVILLE — Southern Pine Electric Power Association has announced $3.5 million in capital credit refunds for the 2013 fiscal year. SPEPA general manager Donald L. Jordan says members will be reimbursed through credits on their accounts beginning in December. The amount of the credits is based on the amount of electricity each member used in […] [...]

Smith, Anderson in runoff for Democratic candidacy for mayor

WAVELAND — Voters in Waveland will decide next Tuesday who will be the Democratic mayoral candidate for the Dec. 1 general election. City Fire Chief Mike Smith and city Building Official Brent Anderson merged from a crowded primary field to advance to the runoff. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Those […] [...]

Spring-like weather system spawns tornado in South Mississippi

WALTHALL COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says a tornado has been spotted near Tylertown, but apparently did not touch down. Spokesman Greg Flynn says the sighting was reported Sunday to Walthall County emergency management. It was reported just northwest of Tylertown, near Mississippi Highways 98 and 583. He says there has not been […] [...]

Byrd succeeds Denmark as SMCI superintendent

LEAKESVILLE — Raymond T. Byrd has been named superintendent at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. Byrd succeeds Johnnie Denmark, who announced his retirement on Oct. 31. Byrd has more than 30 years of correctional experience with both private and state prisons not only in Mississippi but also in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Washington, D.C. […] [...]

Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

MERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County. The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia. CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will […] [...]

Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. […] [...]

Pickering to look over Singing River’s finances

PASCAGOULA — The state auditor’s office is going to review the finances of Singing River Health System. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a statement that his office was taking up the task at the request of the hospital management company and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. What that financial review will entail hasn’t […] [...]

Investigation underway into cause of massive Ag Museum fire

JACKSON — €” State and local fire investigators began work Friday to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators were on the scene Thursday night and remained to start going through the debris Friday. He did not give […] [...]

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