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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 […] [...]

Judge names receiver for KiOR plant, but tax payment unclear

JACKSON — A Lowndes County judge has appointed a receiver to watch over KiOR’s Columbus biofuel refinery, as owners and creditors seek a buyer. Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns on Monday named Derek Henderson, a Jackson lawyer who serves as a trustee in bankruptcy cases, as the receiver for the plant. The move came at the […] [...]

Ecolab reducing Columbus workforce

COLUMBUS — Ecolab will lay off 66 workers in Columbus over the next several months as the company shifts some of its operations to a new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Company spokesman Roman Blahoski said Columbus employees were informed of the decision this past week. He says the company is moving its manufacturing and logistics and some […] [...]

OSHA fines 4 companies after fatal fish plant explosion

MOSS POINT — Fines totaling $187,620 have been proposed against four companies related to a deadly explosion at Omega Protein last year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that two temporary workers hired to cut and weld pipes at the Moss Point plan on July 28, 2014, had no training to know […] [...]

Slain police chief to be honored with road dedication

ACKERMAN — A portion of Mississippi Highway 15 in Choctaw County will be dedicated to the late French Camp police chief Anthony Dwight Lucas, who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the Ackerman Baptist Church Family Life Center. Lucas lived in […] [...]

Lab owner loses challenge to 40 months in waste case

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a Mississippi environmental laboratory owner’s sentence for falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. Tennie White was sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2013. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. White was convicted of two counts of making false statements and one […] [...]

Tommy Robertson indicted on five counts of embezzlement

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence announced today that former State Senator Tommy Robertson has been indicted on five counts of embezzlement, which are alleged to have occurred in April of 2013.  Robertson, 59, is accused of using his position as board attorney for the Singing River Federal Credit Union […] [...]

Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide […] [...]

MSU-CVM professor leads major reference publication

A comprehensive reference book on all aspects of bovine reproduction was recently published under the leadership of a Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor. Dr. Richard Hopper, professor in the MSU-CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, is lead author and editor-in-chief of “Bovine Reproduction.” Hopper is section leader for the CVM Theriogenology, […] [...]

Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo Furniture Market

TUPELO — A delegation from China is visiting the Tupelo Furniture Market on Feb. 4-6 to learn more about furniture products made in the United States. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University, says in a news release that China’s demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased and consumers are […] [...]

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