April 24, 2014

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Sanderson Plumbing Products to begin sizable layoffs next week

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Three-quarters of the 230-person workforce at bankrupt toilet seat maker Sanderson Plumbing Products will be out of a job by the middle of next weel unless an investor steps in with money to keep the company running. The layoffs likely would have occurred already but for a federally required 60-day plant closing […]

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April 24, 2014

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Crops and agritourism growing together at Mitchell Farms

By Kaitlyn Byrne MSU Ag Communications COLLINS, Mississippi – When Jo Lynn Mitchell started an agritourism business to add income to the family farm, she had no idea she would end up proving that people can still farm for a living. Mitchell fell in love with farming as a way of life after marrying her […]

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April 24, 2014

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BOBBY HARRISON: Where was the outrage about earlier comments?

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Many people supporting Sen. Thad Cochran have voiced outrage with some of the comments and actions of state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is challenging the veteran Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary. These people have described comments that McDaniel made years ago as the host of a talk radio program in Jones County as […]

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April 24, 2014

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Diamondhead leaders vote to terminate city manager

Mississippi’s newest city has decided to part ways with its manager. Diamondhead’s city council has voted to dismiss city manager Richard Rose. Rose has until tomorrow to request an appeal and public hearing or his termination will be final, officials said. If Rose were to request a hearing, a final determination on his employment status […]

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April 24, 2014

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Reeves talks shop with leaders of furniture industry

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Mississippi’s second-highest elected official believes he knows exactly what the furniture industry needs to be profitable. The Magnolia State can better encourage capital investment through improved education, low taxes and balanced budgets, said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at Mississippi State’s Furniture Summit. At the gathering yesterday, Reeves spent more than half his keynote speech emphasizing […]

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April 23, 2014

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Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It becomes law July 1. It will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ […]

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April 23, 2014

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Seafood R’evolution set to make Mississippi ‘the new culinary epicenter of the South’

During a press conference today in Ridgeland, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto unveiled plans for Seafood R’evolution, an upscale restaurant offering a cultural fusion of foods and flavors that have shaped the Gulf Coast culinary landscape for generations. Seafood R’evolution, with a select menu of items paying homage to Mississippi’s rich culinary heritage, will […]

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April 23, 2014

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Wright begins education department realignment

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JACKSON, Mississippi — State Superintendent Carey Wright is taking the first steps in an effort to reorganize the Mississippi Department of Education, appointing three top-level executives to report to her. Kim Benton has been named chief academic officer; Todd Ivey has been named chief operations officer; and Pat Ross has been named chief school improvement […]

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April 23, 2014

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School district getting new technology thanks to state law

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Students and teachers in one Mississippi school district should be better prepared thanks to receiving new technology under a new state law. The Booneville School District is part of a $1.2 million pilot technology project made possible through legislation championed by state Sens. Terry Burton and Gray Tollison and state House of Representatives member John […]

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April 22, 2014

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Oxford High earns $44K for energy efficiencies

OXFORD, Miss. — The Oxford School District has received $44,439 for energy-saving efficiencies built into the new high school. Tennessee Valley Authority regional marketing manager David Sharp made the presentation Monday. Sharp says the rebate reflects 10 cents per kilowatt-hour of projected savings in the 220,000-square-foot school’s first year of operation. Among upgrades are motion […]

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