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BILL CRAWFORD: Surely Republicans will pass some tax cut

March 22, 2015

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As every legislator knows, no bill is really dead until the Legislature leaves town … especially if the governor wants it to live. But as this column was written late last week, major tax cut bills were all but dead.   The House voted 67 to 52 along party lines for the $555 million compromise […]

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Funds to support STEM programs at schools

March 20, 2015

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CANTON — Nissan is donating $250,000 to supporting science, math and engineering programs at six Mississippi historical black colleges. The announcement came Friday at the Nissan plant in Canton. The funds will go to Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College with resources to […]

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Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick make record-breaking donation

March 20, 2015

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Principals of Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick (left to right), Bill McPherson, Tom Gresham and Walton Gresham, recently supported Delta State University and the Delta State University with record-breaking scholarships to the Delta State University College of Business.

It was an easy call for the Indianola-based sister companies Gresham Petroleum and Double Quick. Now, Delta State University and the Delta State University Foundation are pleased to announce the groundbreaking Gresham-McPherson Endowed Scholarships in the College of Business. This Gresham Petroleum/Double Quick gift is the largest unrestricted scholarship gift in the history of Delta State […]

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Mississippi vehicle inspection stickers could be eliminated

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could be poised to eliminate its $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker. The House voted 112-7 Thursday to approve the final version of a bill to wipe out the sticker. It was not immediately clear whether Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would sign House Bill 982. If he does, the sticker requirement would end […]

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Board of Trustees extends contract for Delta State’s president, Bill LaForge

March 19, 2015

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of Delta State University President William N. LaForge following a careful review of the university under his leadership. According to board minutes, members granted the extensions in a closed meeting on Feb. 17 to Jackson State University’s Carolyn Meyers, […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blog takes McDaniel conservatives to task

March 15, 2015

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The Mississippi based political blog “Y’all Politics” has taken the “MS Tea Party” and Chris McDaniel’s Conservative Coalition to task:   “I’ve said this before, but if the MS Tea Party is serious about doing anything but Facebook Memes and TwitterBombs, they need to have real candidates, raise money, party build and run folks for […]

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Analysis: Influence of Senate Conservative Coalition wanes

March 15, 2015

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JACKSON — Nearly two years ago, the newly formed Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition was preparing to make life uncomfortable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican whom the coalition’s leaders viewed as too willing to work across party lines. Now, the coalition has mostly unraveled, and seven of its 11 original members have even […]

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Fed’s Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

March 5, 2015

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Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from […]

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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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USM gets approval to buy new research vessel

February 26, 2015

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HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is buying a new research vessel. The State College Board on Wednesday approved the project Wednesday on purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation for $1 million. Funding came in a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The vessel […]

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