A Q&A with Gov. Phil Bryant — Energy, oil and other things

Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this month delivered a keynote address to oil company executives and others gathered in Houston for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit. Upon his return, the governor’s office agreed to answer a series of questions on the subject of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Here is the Q&A: Q — Does the governor […]

Gov. Phil Bryant to be in Natchez for von Drehle announcement

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be in Natchez Tuesday as part of an economic announcement. Bryant will be joined by state and local officials and representatives from von Drehle Corp. of Hickory, N.C., which recently bought the former Mississippi River Pulp property. Plans for the facility will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Von Drehle, […]

Cochran gains strong support at Delta Council; Gov. Bryant calls him ‘best for Mississippi’

By Ted Carter CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Thad Cochran’s visit here Friday for the close of the Delta Council’s 79th annual meeting netted him several standing ovations from an auditorium of invited guests and a declaration of support from Gov. Phil Bryant as “best for Mississippi.” The enthusiasm for Cochran ran counter to an electronic poll […]

Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency […]

Bryant signing kills sales tax rebates for new retail developments

A stroke of Gov. Phil; Bryant’s pen April 23 brought to a close Mississippi’s short-lived experiment in granting sales tax rebates to new retail shopping as a way to boost visitor numbers and create jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential subsidies for three shopping malls since […]

Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as […]

Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill yesterday that he says he hopes will aid performance. “What we are trying to do with this bill today is get the best and […]

Bryant expected to sign teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — Pay raises for Mississippi public school teachers are close to becoming law. Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign House Bill 504 today at the state Capitol. It calls for teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017. The bill includes a $1,500 […]

Bryant taps Dr. Janet Williams to serve on State Board of Nursing

Dr. Janet Williams, RN, PhD, dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve on the State Board of Nursing. She has served in the school of nursing for over 20 years as a teacher and administrator, and most recently, as dean. Williams was elected by […]

Bryant signs controversial religious-freedom bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill yesterday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add “In God We […]

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