Posts Tagged ‘NEWS’

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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