Archive | January 9th, 2014

Common Core causes split in Republican ranks

January 9, 2014

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Gov. Phil Bryant

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Most, if not all, the opposition to enacting new Common Core academic standards for Mississippi students has come from politicians and people affiliated with the Republican Party. But thus far that opposition has not included three crucial Republicans – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip […]

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South Mississippi Housing and Development CEO steps down

January 9, 2014

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GULFPORT, Mississippi – Demetria Simpson, CEO and president of South Mississippi Housing and Development Corp., has resigned from the affordable housing nonprofit, according to a Thursday news release. In February, she will become executive director at R³SM, a regional United Way agency committed to long-term community recovery. Simpson, whose last day will be Wednesday, has […]

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Pay lags for Mississippi government employees

January 9, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Mississippi State Personnel Board director Deanna Mosley tells lawmakers on Thursday that the average in Mississippi is $34,506. That compares to the four states’ average of $43,614. Mississippi government employees’ […]

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Utility-rate incentives extended for small businesses

January 9, 2014

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Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. (PSC photo)

JACKSON, Mississippi — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi “mom and pop” businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to a news release from […]

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Craving BBQ? Try 2nd To None in Gulfport

January 9, 2014

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Got a hankering for barbecue? There’s a new restaurant that the state Health Department has given the go-ahead to open. 2nd To None BBQ at 8220 Arkansas Ave. in Gulfport features pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and shrimp, shrimp Alfredo, catfish, tilapia, baked beans, potato salad, Caribbean jerk chicken and more menu items. […]

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H&M, a retail-clothing company, headed to Ridgeland’s Northpark Mall

January 9, 2014

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  RIDGELAND, Mississippi — According to WLBT-TV, it looks like another major retailer will soon be opening a store at North Park Mall. On the website of H & M there are several job listings for an upcoming store in Ridgeland. There is a listing for a Store Manager, a Visual Merchandiser, a Store Director, […]

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Curtain comes down on Thalia Mara temporarily as refurbishing gets under way

January 9, 2014

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The restoration of Jackson’s aging Thalia Mara Hall will reach the point-of-no-return Monday as workers began tearing out its more than 2,300 seats. The nearly half-century-old entertainment hall will shut down as workers scramble to replace the seating, lighting, heating and air conditioning system and complete a host of other restoration chores. Their goal is […]

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Brrrr — TVA reports new single-day demand record

January 9, 2014

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One utility can vouch that the region saw some of the lowest temperatures on record during the recent invasion of arctic air. Homes and businesses have set a single-day record for electric use in the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority region. The TVA says it supplied a total of 703 gigawatt-hours of electricity over 24 hours […]

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