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Gov. Bryant expects to name new College Board member soon

April 30, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Bryant says he will act quickly to choose a new member for the state College Board. Glenn McCullough of Tupelo was confirmed to the 12-person board during the recent legislative session, but Bryant announced Thursday that McCullough will become director of the state’s job creation agency, the Mississippi Development Authority. McCullough […]

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Tupelo voters approve $44M school bond request

April 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Voters have approved a $44 million bond request from the Tupelo Public School District. School officials say over 85 percent of the voters approved the request. It required 60 percent to pass. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 3,276 ballots, with 2,800 supporting the request to issue the bonds to fund […]

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Former Biloxi casino to be redeveloped as resort, water park

April 29, 2015

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BILOXI — A former Biloxi casino damaged in Hurricane Katrina will be redeveloped as a resort and water park. The Sun Herald reports the developers have begun to reinvent the Casino Magic tower in east Biloxi. The casino has been closed since Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the site in 2005. Developers told the Biloxi City […]

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Nissan gives $500,000 to Mississippi history museums

April 27, 2015

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CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at its Canton plant, along with former Mississippi governors, William Winter and Ronnie Musgrove. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi […]

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Prison system could save money with health care contract

April 27, 2015

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JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says the state could save $2 million over the next three years by choosing a new private contractor to provide health care for inmates. The health services contract is one of several Department of Corrections financial pacts that are being redone after last year’s federal […]

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Location chosen for Entergy’s pilot solar project in DeSoto

April 27, 2015

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HUGHES — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a […]

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

April 27, 2015

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  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting […]

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Special Biloxi mayoral election Tuesday

April 27, 2015

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BILOXI — Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide which of the 10 candidates will be Biloxi’s next mayor. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If one candidate doesn’t get more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will be in a runoff May 12. This […]

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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

April 27, 2015

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BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday. Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the […]

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TVA completes purchase of Mississippi natural gas plant

April 17, 2015

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KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi. According to the utility, TVA has bought electricity from the plant since 2008. The board of directors voted in February to pursue purchasing the plant itself from Quantum Choctaw Power, and that transaction was completed on Tuesday. The high-efficiency […]

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