Posts Tagged ‘rating’

Education officials changing school rating system

JACKSON — Mississippi is reworking its rating system for school districts and high schools after federal officials demanded the ratings put more weight on high school graduation. The state Board of Education voted to seek public comment on the revised rules, which would apply beginning with this year’s ratings. Those ratings will be released this […] [...]

State’s public schools get report card; 20 get an ‘F’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Here’s how the 151 Mississippi public school districts in 2013 were rated under the state’s A-to-F grading system for their 2013 performance, along with how they were rated in 2012. Not rated in 2012 were the Clarksdale, Corinth and Gulfport districts, which used non-standard curricula as part of a state-sponsored effort. Sunflower […] [...]

A.M. Best upgrades insurance agencies rating, outlook

by Published: March 11,2013

Tags: agriculture, farm, farmer, farming, insurance, ranch, rancher, rating

JACKSON — A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb+” of Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to stable from positive. A.M. Best wrote: “Mississippi Farm Bureau’s ratings reflect its solid risk-adjusted […] [...]

BauerFinancial gives Hancock Bank five stars — again

by Published: January 3,2013

Tags: bank, banker, banking, finance, financial institution, rank, ranking, rate, rating

GULFPORT — Hancock Bank has received a “Superior 5-Star” rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Hancock Bank has now earned a recommended rating from Bauer (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for the past 93 consecutive quarters — more than 23 years. “Consumers and businesses alike have come to depend on Bauer’s rating system […] [...]

Better flood rating drops residents’ insurance premiums

PICAYUNE — An improved flood prone rating means Pearl River County residents will see a 10 percent reduction in monthly insurance premiums. The Picayune Item reports county planner Ed Pinero Jr. says the county has moved from an insurance rating of 10 to 8. The lower the rating, the lower the premiums. Pinero says the […] [...]

Fitch gives hospital bonds ‘negative’ outlook

by Published: October 12,2012

Tags: bond, clinic, credit, debt, health, health care, hospital, medical, medicine, outlook, rate, rating

HATTIESBURG — Fitch Ratings has affirmed its “A” rating on the following bonds issued on behalf of Forrest County General Hospital (Forest Health) (MS): — $70,000,000 Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2010; — $43,265,000 Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority, series 2009. The Rating Outlook is revised to “negative” from “stable.” […] [...]

Schools get first report card under new rating system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More school districts achieved higher grades in the first year of Mississippi’s new school rating system, thanks to increased test scores and the suspension of graduation rate requirements for higher-scoring districts. Districts and schools got letter grades for the first time today. Under a new law, the old seven-step system, running from […] [...]

Officials want changes to new school-rating system

JACKSON — Even before school and district report cards graded “A” to “F” are rolled out for the first time, it’s clear that lawmakers and education officials have a strong appetite for further changes to how schools are graded. In a hearing yesterday, Mississippi Department of Education officials told lawmakers they expect to examine new […] [...]

Fitch gives Mississippi Power ‘negative’ outlook; cites Kemper costs

GULFPORT — Fitch Ratings has rated Mississippi Power Company’s (MPC) issuance of $200 million series 2012A 4.25% senior notes due March 15, 2042 as “A.” These notes are part of the same series of debt securities as the $250 million senior notes issued on March 9, 2012. These notes are senior, unsecured obligations of MPC. […] [...]

Fitch rates airport bonds ‘A-’ and awards stable outlook

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has affirmed Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s outstanding $42.1 million airport revenue and refunding bonds at “A-.” The Rating Outlook remains “stable.” Fitch wrote: “Traffic is currently similar to levels prior to Hurricane Katrina where the airport served evacuees and recovery efforts following declines over the past five consecutive years. Stability is […] [...]

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