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LOOM: Single benefactor giving education privatization edge at Capitol

January 30, 2015

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  By Nancy Loom Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts of […]

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority in hunt for new director

January 29, 2015

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members have decided to initiate a search for a new executive director. The governing board took the action Wednesday morning. Willie Mott, who had been the interim chief and named the agency’s permanent executive director in July, is still on the job, according to Chairwoman Jennifer Johnson. She declined to elaborate […]

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Obama abandons plan to roll back tax-free status of 529 college savings plans

January 27, 2015

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After a national backlash that included criticism from Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, President Obama has backed off a plan to tax the popular  529 college savings plans. The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Obama abandoned the tax plan after a mountain of criticism from lawmakers and parents alike. The Post characterized the rollback as […]

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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

January 27, 2015

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The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and […]

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Mississippi travelers urged to check flights as fearsome storm batters Northeast

January 26, 2015

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Flying out of Mississippi to the blizzard-battered Northeast or making a connecting flight on the region? Check with your airline before heading to the airport, advises Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The winter storm of historic proportions has caused major delays and cancellations of flights across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The […]

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Cable TV price hikes to be more frequent; Sports channels blamed

January 26, 2015

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Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues, the Washington Post reports. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month, the direct result of higher fees they are […]

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Auditor seeks repayment of missing money raised by Carthage High students

January 23, 2015

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Investigators in the State Auditor’s Office are demanding a repayment of $52,340 from Gena Quick Scott,  a former office manager of Carthage High School who was caretaker of the money  raised by school groups. Investigators are unsure where the money went. They do know, however, that the cash never made it to the bank the […]

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Reeves’ bill to kill car inspections heads to full Senate

January 22, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ effort to rid the state of its $5 auto inspection sticker requirement won passage Thursday from the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 2519 next goes to the full Senate. Similar bills died in the Legislature the last two years. The state has had the requirement since 1977, according to the Insurance Journal. Estimates […]

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Only quarter of eligible Mississippians join health insurance exchange so far

January 21, 2015

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With a month of open enrollment left, 81,251 Mississippians have either registered or been automatically renewed for the state’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act. Still, the totals represent just 26 percent of those eligible to enroll, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Last year, Mississippi ranked 33rd in the number of […]

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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

January 20, 2015

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A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in […]

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