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Legal action possible on $90 million Siemens contract

February 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Jackson city council members have questioned a city attorney about the possibility of terminating the $90 million Siemens contract the city executed in 2012 and retrieving much of the $70 million already paid. Leaders also said that they are looking into possible legal action after the latest problem caused by the contract. The […]

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Hancock supervisor seeks investigation of water district

February 19, 2015

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BAY ST. LOUIS — A Hancock County supervisor is calling for an investigation into the Diamondhead Water & Sewer District following the abrupt resignations of several commissioners and employees. Supervisor Steve Seymour tells The Sun Herald he plans to ask his fellow supervisors at their next meeting to approve a full investigation into the controversy […]

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D’Iberville holds off selling Ocean Expo land

February 19, 2015

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D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have tabled a development agreement with RAMCO Real Estate to buy the site that was to become Ocean Expo. Councilman Henry Toncrey said Wednesday after an executive session he wants more time to study the proposal. In 2011, the city bought the land at the southwest quadrant of interstates 10 and […]

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MDOC task force seeks public input

February 19, 2015

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JACKSON — A group that’s reviewing the Mississippi prison system after a former corrections commissioner was indicted on corruption charges will hold three meetings to take public comments on where its work should go. “The task force is interested in hearing real-life experiences from Mississippians, including these groups directly affected by the management of the Department […]

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Smokin’ the Sound cancelled in Biloxi

February 19, 2015

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BILOXI — The annual powerboat races will not return to the Mississippi Sound in 2015. Smokin’ The Sound offshore powerboat race in Biloxi and the Smokin’ The Lake drag boat races in Gulfport are cancelled for this year Executive director Woody Bailey says dwindling financial support and recent years’ economic downturn prompted the decision. Bailey […]

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Cumberland County North Carolina votes 4-3 to offer Sanderson Farms incentives

February 18, 2015

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Associated Press / Fayetteville Observer CUMBERLAND COUNTY, North Carolina — Cumberland County commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night to offer incentives to Sanderson Farms, a poultry processing giant that once considered Fayetteville for a $95 million plant. The Mississippi-based company could have its pick of the litter if “Project Apple,” an unnamed venture approved Monday night […]

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Vicksburg holds parade for Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler

February 18, 2015

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VICKSBURG — New England Patriots defensive back and hero of Super XLIX Malcolm Butler will be honored with a parade in Vicksburg Saturday. The parade and ceremony will start at 2:30 p.m. Butler, a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High, received the national spotlight when he intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line with less than […]

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Alday says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for remarks on black people

February 17, 2015

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JACKSON — A DeSoto County House member is apologizing for remarks he made to a newspaper about black people in his hometown. Rep. Gene Alday, a Walls Republican, made a brief speech Tuesday as the House began business, describing himself as “deeply sorry.” Alday told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in a story Sunday that in Walls, […]

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Mississippi sticking with its childhood vaccination law

February 13, 2015

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JACKSON — Amid concerns about a measles outbreak in other states, Mississippi is sticking with its childhood vaccination law, which is one of the strongest in the country. A bill that would have weakened the law died Thursday because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote before a deadline. “I really […]

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House votes to remove graduation requirement to pass tests

February 12, 2015

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JACKSON — The movement to allow Mississippi public high school students to graduate without passing four subject area tests continues to gain steam in the Legislature. The House Thursday voted 119-0 to pass House Bill 665, which would remove the tests in algebra I, biology, English II and U.S. history as a barrier beginning this […]

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