Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bryant’

Bryant orders rebidding of contracts in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant tells The Associated Press that the state will rebid contracts with all firms mentioned in an indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Spokesman Knox Graham said yesterday that Bryant instructed interim Corrections Commissioner Richard McCarty to stop negotiations with Utah-based Management and Training Corp. over renewing a $60-million-a-year contract […] [...]

Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. […] [...]

Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a […] [...]

Nissan Canton goes global after rolling out first Murano

CANTON — Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more […] [...]

Lance Bass to introduce new film ‘Mississippi I Am’ at festival

PEARL — Mississippi native Lance Bass will be coming home on Nov. 8 to participate in the Mississippi International Film Festival (MIFF) at the Tinseltown Cinema in Pearl. At 7 p.m. he will introduce his documentary film, “Mississippi I Am,” and receive recognition from the state of Mississippi as part of its “Year of the […] [...]

Apartments receive first tax credit under Bryant’s Health Care Zone initiative

BATESVILLE — Gov. Phil Bryant and local officials have cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated Skyview Apartments in Batesville. It represents the first development to open its doors that received a special award of Housing Tax Credits under the Governor’s Health Care Zone initiative. Bryant said. “This is exactly the type of project we envisioned […] [...]

Will lawmakers debate tax cuts as election year looms?

JACKSON — Mississippi has state elections in 2015, and it’s a safe bet that lawmakers will try to endear themselves to voters by debating a tax cut. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are both seeking re-election, and they’re already reciting familiar Republican talking points by saying people should keep more of the […] [...]

Board wants to roll back troubled schools’ sports penalties

JACKSON — Mississippi’s state Board of Education is making another move toward rolling back penalties that strip troubled school districts of their ability to compete in high school sports and other activities. The board is seeking public comment on a proposal that would give a district that loses state accreditation a year to remedy problems […] [...]

Deadline passes and state receives no payment from KiOR

COLUMBUS — Mississippi officials say they didn’t get any money from faltering biofuel firm KiOR on Friday, the deadline for the company to make a $1.9 million debt payment. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, has a grace period of three business days to make the payment, so it wouldn’t officially break its agreement until midnight […] [...]

School attorney asking governor for delay in board elections

FOREST — €” The attorney for the Scott County schools is asking the governor to put new school board elections on hold until new district lines are drawn. School board attorney Noble Lee says the current lines that separate the district into five zones do not meet federal standards according to population rates based on […] [...]

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