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Analysis: First achievement for special district? Get going

Mississippi was supposed to have a special district for troubled schools operating by now. But when, or if, the achievement school district will actually start is anyone’s guess. A year after a search for a superintendent stalled out, the Mississippi Department of Education has yet to start looking again. The achievement school district law, which is another in a series ...

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Lawsuit: Utility to blame for damage to voting machines

A southwest Mississippi county is suing an electrical utility and its own insurer, seeking more than $500,000 for damage to voting machines caused by a 2016 power outage. The Enterprise-Journal reports Pike County earlier this month sued Entergy Corp. and the administrator of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Insurance Trust. The county claims a poorly maintained power line caused a ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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Emmett Till cousin to speak at Delta State

A cousin of Emmett Till is returning to Mississippi to speak about the 1955 abduction and killing of the black teenager, which helped galvanize the civil rights movement.The Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. is speaking at 7 p.m. today at Delta State University. Parker and Till traveled together from Chicago to Mississippi. Parker says he heard Till whistle at a white ...

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City seeks part-time officers to fill police shortage

A Mississippi city is seeking part-time police officers as it tries to fill a personnel shortage. WLBT-TV reports that the Vicksburg Police Department is now offering to hire part-time officers, paying $25 an hour. Part-time officers dominate police forces in many smaller Mississippi cities and towns, but many larger cities prefer to hire full-time officers. Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore ...

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First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

An Australian company is drilling new wells in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, the first new wells drilled in about three years, after a crash in oil prices dried up activity. Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, ...

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Owners of fire-damaged building win approval for new roof

The owners of a historic Mississippi building which burned in a September fire have approval to put a new roof on the structure. The Natchez Democrat reports that the Natchez Preservation Commission has approved plans for a different roof than the red-tiled one that traditionally topped the Prentiss Club. The 113-year-old building, built to house a men’s club, was heavily ...

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Mississippi Democrat says he’d be ‘senator for everybody’

Mike Espy is doing a balancing act as he runs for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. As an African-American Democrat, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. But he can’t win without some white support in a conservative Southern state where voting patterns tend to break along racial lines. While ...

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Officials: Arson caused Mississippi furniture factory fire

Officials say they believe a fire at a northeast Mississippi furniture factory was arson. Three buildings at American Furniture Co. in Ecru were destroyed in an Oct. 12 fire. Chief Deputy state Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators found a broken door, plus video of someone entering the building. Investigators conclude someone intentionally set the fire inside the building and ...

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Mississippi announces second deer found with fatal disease

A second case of a debilitating deer disease has been found in Mississippi. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Friday that a white-tailed deer found Oct. 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The ...

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