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Foreclosures continue to drop in Mississippi and Jackson

February 6, 2015

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Foreclosure rates in Jackson decreased in November over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a California-based real estate data company. Statewide, the November rate came in at 0.99 percent, a significant improvement from the previous November’s 1.49 percent. Mississippi’s 90-day delinquency rate also improved in November, dropping to 5.57 […]

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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

February 4, 2015

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding […]

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As merger nears, US Airways moves to American’s counter at Jackson Evers

February 4, 2015

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US Airways has moved from boarding passengers on the west concourse to the east concourse at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. US Airways passengers will now board at gates three and four. US Airways ticket counter services will now operate from the American Airlines ticket counter relocated closer to the east security checkpoint. This […]

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

February 3, 2015

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Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and […]

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Goodrich latest to pull back in Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

January 30, 2015

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Low oil prices mean the driller that has been the most bullish on an oil region that straddles the Louisiana-Mississippi line is cutting back, The Associated Press reports.. Goodrich Petroleum Corp., based in Houston, said Friday that it will spend $80 million to $100 million on exploration and drilling, down from $150 million to $200 […]

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Refusal to grant vaccination exemptions makes state a measles free zone

January 30, 2015

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  Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud. The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles.  George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its  last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has […]

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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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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