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Late attorney Doar was trusted advocate for racial equality

JACKSON — U.S. Justice Department attorney John Doar earned respect among Mississippi civil-rights activists in the 1960s as a trusted advocate who was committed to the ideals of racial equality. Doar was 92 when he died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 in New York. Activists in Mississippi, including Flonzie Brown-Wright of Jackson, believe it’s […] [...]

USM researchers to study oil, dispersant in Gulf

HATTIESBURG — A research consortia led by the University of Southern Mississippi will use $11 million in funding to study the impact of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem and public health. The funds came from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. The research will be conducted from 2015-17. Eleven […] [...]

County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar […] [...]

Officials increase oystermen’s sack limit from seven to 10

GULF OF MEXICO — State marine officials have set the daily oyster limit for commercial tongers will be 10 sacks per licensed vessel in Mississippi. The previous limit was seven sacks. The limit for commercial dredgers also is 10 sacks per day. All Mississippi waters and public or private reefs will be closed on Sundays, […] [...]

Bryant wants free tuition for students with technical diploma

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing a $3 million plan to pay for community college for students who earn a technical diploma in high school. Bryant first floated the proposal earlier this month while speaking at Nissan Motor Co. in Canton and repeated it Monday when he made his proposal for the 2015 budget. […] [...]

Prison-contract task force working in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections as they evaluate state spending with private prison companies and other vendors. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant created the five-member task force this month after former Corrections […] [...]

UM Chancellor Jones: Lymphoma treatment going well

OXFORD — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says his treatment for lymphoma “continues to go as well as possible.” In an email to university employees and alumni, Jones says he is gratified by early good results of his treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The 65-year-old says he expects to […] [...]

State’s jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant’s tax cut won’t stop spending growth

Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, […] [...]

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