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TVA completes purchase of Mississippi natural gas plant

April 17, 2015

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KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi. According to the utility, TVA has bought electricity from the plant since 2008. The board of directors voted in February to pursue purchasing the plant itself from Quantum Choctaw Power, and that transaction was completed on Tuesday. The high-efficiency […]

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Mississippi chooses Minnesota company for standardized tests

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Minnesota-based Questar Assessment will provide most of the standardized tests for Mississippi beginning next year. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to award a one-year contract worth $12.3 million to Questar. Mississippi has options to continue the contract for nine more years after that, with a total 10-year cost of at least […]

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Bryant to speak at Export Summit in May

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker May 7 at a conference to provide access to export and trade-related experts across the industry to Mississippi’s small and medium-sized firms. The 2015 Export Summit will be held at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Mississippi Development Authority officials say in a news […]

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Permit for utility to build new wastewater plant approved

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — State regulators have approved a permit for the West Rankin Utility Authority to construct a new wastewater treatment plant over objections from the city of Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger the city of Jackson currently provides wastewater services to the West Rankin area. In return, the utility authority pays the city about $5 million a […]

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Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

April 17, 2015

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From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature. But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture — […]

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College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner. The board announced Boyce Friday after choosing Boyce in executive session Thursday. Boyce has been serving as associate commissioner for academic affairs since June. Before that, he had served as president of Holmes Community College […]

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Percy Sledge, who sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman,’ dies

April 14, 2015

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William “Beau” Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge […]

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State press association denounces Delta State for eliminating journalism major, shuttering newspaper print product

April 14, 2015

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JACKSON — The state newspaper association is condemning a plan that will eliminate journalism courses at Delta State University and shutter the school’s 83-year-old student newspaper print product. In a cover letter to the Mississippi Press Association says it sent to DSU President William LaForge dated April 13, MPA President Joel McNeece said the cuts are a “terrible and […]

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Team Cleveland Main Street receives 2015 National Main Street accreditation

April 13, 2015

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Team Cleveland Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their […]

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Railroad ‘quiet zone’ still Tupelo’s goal

April 13, 2015

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TUPELO — In order to silence the horns and whistles that blare from the trains traveling through Tupelo, the city must first look at spending more than $5 million to make safety improvements at 22 intersections. Finding a way to improve the quality of life in a city split by railroad tracks isn’t a new […]

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