February 23, 2015

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Lineup announced for 2015 Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival

MERIDIAN — The Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers is among performers at this year’s Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival in Meridian. The 62nd annual festival is May 1-2 on the lawn of the Meridian City Hall. The Stone County Rangers won a Grammy in 2013 for their album “Nobody Knows You.” Joining them for performances […]

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February 21, 2015

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Columbus Riverwalk may be extended to Air Force base

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus is planning to extend the Riverwalk to Columbus Air Force Base with some state and federal help. Mayor Robert Smith tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the Mississippi House has voted to provide $5 million to the project. The bill is pending in the Senate. Under the plan, the trail […]

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February 21, 2015

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Mississippi casino revenues rise, driven by coast winnings

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JACKSON — Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in January, as Gulf Coast gambling halls continued gains of recent months. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $165 million from gamblers in January, up 3.4 percent from $159 million in January 2014. The 11 coastal casinos won $87.3 million, up 7 percent […]

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February 21, 2015

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American Specialty Alloys won’t locate mill in Mississippi

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A metals manufacturer will locate in central Louisiana a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced Friday in a news release that the site is a 1,200-acre mill complex formerly operated by International Paper in […]

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February 21, 2015

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TVA changing the way in charges for electricity

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CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving notice that it plans to change the way it charges customers for electricity. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the nation’s largest public utility notified local power companies this month that its pricing schedules will be tweaked when the board meets in August to adopt a budget […]

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February 21, 2015

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Federal highway money to Mississippi flattens as needs eyed

JACKSON — As Mississippi leaders study ways to deal with the state’s crumbling highways and bridges, declining federal funds aren’t helping the situation. The Federal Highway Trust Fund allotted $1.4 billion to Mississippi in 2013. After adjusting for inflation, that’s 3 percent less than in 2008, though it’s 10 percent more than 10 years ago. […]

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February 20, 2015

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

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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February 20, 2015

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MDA official Jim McArthur departing for health field

MBJ staff Jim McArthur, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, will depart the agency on Feb. 27 to take a position in the health-care sector in Oxford, according to the agency. McArthur joined MDA in August 2012 after being regional sales manager in energy and water management solutions for Itron Inc., a Washington state-corporation. […]

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February 20, 2015

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has […]

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February 20, 2015

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male […]

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