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Speaker Gunn notes loss to Mississippi with death of House predecessor Tim Ford

March 2, 2015

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Addressing the Stennis Capitol Press Forum luncheon Monday, Speaker of the Mississippi House Philip Gunn spoke of the sorrow and loss he and the rest of Mississippi feel with the sudden death last Friday of Tim Ford, who served a decade-and-a-half as Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Ford, an Oxford resident and partner […]

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

February 26, 2015

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As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering […]

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

February 23, 2015

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A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a […]

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Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlement earmarked for mentally ill

February 20, 2015

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Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […]

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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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