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Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some […] [...]

Bill would open hospital meetings, expand records access

JACKSON — With troubles at a large public hospital creating political waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lawmakers are trying to make the affairs of hospitals and their pension systems more open. The full House passed a bill Wednesday to require some public pension systems to report their financial status every year, while a Senate […] [...]

Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders ’16

by Published: January 29,2015

Tags: Barack Obama, Business, Mississippi, Mitt Romney, NEWS, Politics

STARKVILLE — Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn’t. Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP’s 2012 nominee — who still says he’s mulling another bid in 2016 — talked to Mississippi State University students like a commencement speaker. He urged them […] [...]

Choctaws’ new hospital nearing completion

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Philadelphia

PHILADELHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning for a March 2 ribbon cutting for the tribe’s new hospital near Philadelphia. This will be followed by the grand opening for the facility on March 9. Tribal spokeswoman Misty Dreifuss tells WTOK-TV in Meridian the $55 million facility will be set up to meet an array […] [...]

BP to sell part of its Gulf of Mexico stake to Chevron

NEW YORK — BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The joint-development agreement is a way for the companies to try […] [...]

Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, […] [...]

Production under way at Grammer AG in Tupelo

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, Grammer, manufacturing, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

TUPELO — A German auto parts maker has started production of commercial-vehicle suspension seating just 12 months after starting construction. Grammer AG officials say in a news release Tuesday that its 120,000-square-foot facility in Tupelo will begin production of center consoles for customers in 2016. Based in Amberg, Germany, Grammer is a major supplier of […] [...]

Executive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary’s fines

NEW ORLEANS — An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. The day’s first witness was Richard Morrison, regional president and chairman […] [...]

Attorney McRae challenging Miss. treasurer in GOP primary

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, David McRae, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — First-time candidate David McRae said Tuesday that he’s challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year’s Republican primary. The 34-year-old attorney from Ridgeland said he wants to root out wasteful spending in state government — something that falls more squarely under the job description of the state auditor than the state treasurer. “I […] [...]

Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, education, government, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year’s fight over vouchers for special education students looms. On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2695, which gives $7,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special education student who wanted to withdraw […] [...]

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