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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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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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Romney says he won’t run for president

January 30, 2015

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According to multiple media reports, Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision. Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was expected to share his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers and later with a larger group of supporters on […]

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LOOM: Single benefactor giving education privatization edge at Capitol

January 30, 2015

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  By Nancy Loom Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts of […]

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Most Americans support government action on climate change, poll finds

January 30, 2015

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A New York Times story this morning says an overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curbglobal warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times,Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the […]

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Biloxi mayor admitted to alcohol treatment facility

January 30, 2015

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BILOXI — Mayor A.J. Holloway has been admitted to an alcohol treatment facility in Hattiesburg. The city, in a news release posted on its website, said Holloway checked himself into the facility Thursday afternoon. Holloway has appointed Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines as acting mayor while he’s being treated. The 75-year-old Holloway is in his […]

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority in hunt for new director

January 29, 2015

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members have decided to initiate a search for a new executive director. The governing board took the action Wednesday morning. Willie Mott, who had been the interim chief and named the agency’s permanent executive director in July, is still on the job, according to Chairwoman Jennifer Johnson. She declined to elaborate […]

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Bill would ban government contracting with Iran-linked firms

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Some House lawmakers want to ban Mississippi’s state and local governments from contracting with anyone who does business with Iran’s oil and gas industry. The House Appropriations Committee Thursday passed House Bill 1127, sending it to the full House for more debate. The bill bans contracting with any firm that sells $20 million […]

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Senate committee proposes 27-member Common Core commission

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Senators are considering a 27-member commission to suggest changes to the state’s academic standards as part of an effort to change or replace Mississippi’s current Common Core-based standards. The Senate Education Committee voted 10-3 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2161, which would set up the commission to recommend changes to the state Board […]

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State Rep. Aldridge, R-Tupelo, not seeking re-election

January 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Republican state Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo says he’s not running this year for a fourth term in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Aldridge discussed his decision Wednesday. He represents House District 17, located entirely in Lee County. He has served in the House since 2004. Last December, the Mississippi […]

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