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Tupelo voters approve $44M school bond request

April 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Voters have approved a $44 million bond request from the Tupelo Public School District. School officials say over 85 percent of the voters approved the request. It required 60 percent to pass. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 3,276 ballots, with 2,800 supporting the request to issue the bonds to fund […]

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Andrew Gilich, Winfield Swetman in runoff for Biloxi mayor

April 29, 2015

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BILOXI — The special election for Biloxi’s next mayor moves to a runoff after Andrew Gilich and Winfield Swetman III finished first and second — but without 50 percent of the vote. The runoff will take place on May 12. The Sun Herald reports Councilman Felix Gines took an early lead in the count Tuesday […]

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Sen. Wicker to keynote Delta Council’s 80th annual meeting

April 27, 2015

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STONEVILLE — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chair of the Armed Services Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the 80th Annual Meeting of Delta Council on the campus at 10:30 am, Friday, May 29. The gathering will be at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland. Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the Senate since […]

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Location chosen for Entergy’s pilot solar project in DeSoto

April 27, 2015

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HUGHES — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah’s casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a […]

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

April 27, 2015

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Restoration of the Capitol will continue through late 2016.

  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting […]

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Special Biloxi mayoral election Tuesday

April 27, 2015

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BILOXI — Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide which of the 10 candidates will be Biloxi’s next mayor. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If one candidate doesn’t get more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will be in a runoff May 12. This […]

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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

April 27, 2015

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BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday. Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Get ready for November ballot perplexity

April 26, 2015

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The differences between Proposition 42 and Alternative 42A are stark.   Huh?   Well, for those not up to speed, Proposition 42 is the constitutional amendment on public school funding that over 116,000 citizens forced onto the ballot for this November. Alternative 42A is the substitute amendment that 30 senators (out of 52) and 65 […]

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

April 23, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created […]

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Cochran joins Democrats in confirming Lynch as attorney general

April 23, 2015

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi joined nine other Republicans Thursday in voting to confirm veteran New York federal prosecutor Loretta E. Lynch as U.S. attorney general. Republican senators have received wide criticism for the five months of delay in confirming Lynch, the first African American woman to be nominated for attorney general. Much speculation […]

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