February 26, 2015

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District attorney and state senator enter congressional race

JACKSON — A prosecutor and a state senator have entered a special congressional election in north Mississippi. Trent Kelly, who is district attorney in Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties, announced his candidacy Thursday. Republican state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo said Wednesday that she’s running. Republican Rep. Chris Brown of Aberdeen […]

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February 25, 2015

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Lawsuit settled over allegation bullying of gay students

JACKSON — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. In a statement Wednesday, the law center says the Moss Point School District has agreed to adopt and implement new anti-bullying and discrimination policies and procedures, as […]

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February 24, 2015

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

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WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in […]

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February 24, 2015

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Hernando mayor running for transportation commissioner

JACKSON — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has qualified to run for northern district transportation commissioner. Johnson filed papers Tuesday at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. He is challenging fellow Republican Mike Tagert of Starkville, who has been commissioner since 2011. The district covers the northern one-third of the state. No Democrat has yet […]

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February 24, 2015

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Phishing scam targets Apple users

A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has […]

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February 24, 2015

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Gunn backs $1.38B plan to phase out personal income tax

JACKSON — Speaker Philip Gunn and other House Republicans are lauding their plan to eliminate Mississippi’s personal income tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to advance House Bill 1629, moving it to the full House where it will need a 60 percent majority to advance. Gunn, of Clinton, says the plan […]

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February 24, 2015

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, […]

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February 23, 2015

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

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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February 23, 2015

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Data center planned for old McRae’s

Venyu, a Baton Rouge-based data company, will transform the former McRae’s department store at Meadowbrook Road and State Street in Jackson into a technology center for hosting new businesses and a workforce training center and will erect a building to be leased by the Center for Telehealth, part of the Mississippi Medical Center. Details of […]

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February 23, 2015

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Visitors’ center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage. Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica. It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895. Webster Franklin, president and CEO of […]

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