Tag Archives: Gov. Phil Bryant

State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

March 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show . The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, […]

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Caterpillar adding 30 jobs in Corith for C175 engine refurbishings

February 14, 2014

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Caterpillar Inc.’s Corinth plant is expanding to produce C175 remanufactured engines. The project represents a corporate investment of $14.8 million and will create 30 jobs. The Corinth plant is Caterpillar’s lead facility for large engine remanufacturing worldwide. The C175 engines are used in Caterpillar’s mining trucks and electric power applications. The company Friday unveiled the […]

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Industrial Timber expansion will add 80 jobs in Shannon, Ripley

December 4, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Industrial Timber, manufacturer of wood furniture frames, expects to add 80 jobs with expansions in Mississippi operations at plants in Lee County’s Shannon and Tippah County’s Ripley. The expansions represent a $1.5 million corporate investment, the company says. The 14-year-old Industrial Timber is adding a new manufacturing line at both facilities to […]

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Joint Legislative panel’s $5.86 billion budget leaves 2,000 jobs unfilled

December 3, 2013

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  JACKSON, Mississippi – Who is the big spender here? The tag goes to Gov. Phil Bryant based on his $6.1 billion 2014 spending plan. In fairness to Bryant, Mississippi’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee was well aware of an opportunity to undercut the governor and did just that when the Tate Reeves-led panel presented a […]

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USM’s ROTC program gets reprieve on shutdown

November 7, 2013

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has persuaded the Army to delay its plans to include the University of Southern Mississippi on a list of collegiate Reserve Officer Training Corps programs targeted for closing over the next two years. Southern Miss landed on the list of 13 programs targeted for closing after failing to meet ROTC enrollment […]

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Bryant will chair Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission

November 6, 2013

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With Mississippi drawing ever closer to a possible shale oil bonanza in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play, Gov. Phil Bryant next year will chair the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the nation’s oldest oil and gas commission. The commission, representing the governors of 30 member and eight associate states, promotes the conservation and efficient […]

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Miss. NG chief bucks Pentagon with refusal to recognize same sex marriages

November 4, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi– Mississippi’s top Army National Guard officer, Maj. Gen. Augustus “Leon” Collins, is caught between Mississippi’s refusal to recognize gay marriage and the insistence of the Pentagon that Mississippi issue official ID cards to the same-sex spouses of Air and Army National Guard members. At this point, Mississippi Adjutant General Collins is sticking with […]

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C Spire names “Fiber” finalists, reveals digital TV pricing

November 4, 2013

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Nine Mississippi cities have been selected finalists in C Spire’s “Get Fiber First Challenge,” a project to provide homes with internet and digital television connections that are 100 times faster than the national average. During Monday’s announcement at the C Spire headquarters in Ridgeland, officials explained the next step for the finalists, […]

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Bryant to resist Pentagon call to give Army NG benefits to spouses in gay marriages

November 1, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi– Gov. Phil Bryant says he has no choice but to reject a soon-to-be-delivered order from the Pentagon for Mississippi to grant same-sex spouses of Army National Guard members the same benefits as other spouses. Bryant’s stand sets up a showdown with the Pentagon at a time Mississippi is trying to hang on to […]

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Insurance chief says Bryant call for hearings on BCBS is premature

November 1, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that he thinks Bryant exceeded his authority in directing the Insurance Department to hold hearings on a reimbursement impasse between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I am deeply disappointed that you did not […]

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