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State to receive $3.5 million for AmeriCorps program


VICKSBURG — Grants totaling $3.5 million will support 522 AmeriCorps members who will serve across Mississippi through 14 sponsoring organizations. Volunteer Mississippi is the lead agency for disbursing the funds. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city has two AmeriCorps’ programs: America Reads-Mississippi and Northtown CDC. America Reads-Mississippi has 87 members who will tutor a total of 1,280 students per ...

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools


JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — A trip abroad may be cheaper this year


  If your family is like mine, you may be in the habit of vacationing in the same stateside location summer after summer.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what’s familiar – locales where you know you will find amenities that everyone has enjoyed in the past and would likely enjoy again.  However, this may also ...

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Virginia company proposes 8-floor Jackson Convention Center hotel, parking garage


By TED CARTER A Herndon, Va., company that specializes in public-private development partnerships is proposing an $83.6 million, 302-room Jackson convention center hotel with a 1,000-space garage. Red Leaf Development says it can do the project without direct contributions from the City or Jackson Redevelopment Agency, though $41.8 million in borrowing will be necessary, either through a conventional loan backed by ...

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UPDATED: JRA won’t disclose new convention center hotel proposals


By TED CARTER Long known for its preference to keep its business out of the public eye, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority is refusing to release proposals it received for a convention center hotel by a June 30 deadline. The city agency had also declined to identity development companies that responded. Friday afternoon, however, the JRA furnished the names of the companies. ...

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Ultra-speed Internet could fast-track South Miss. economy


BILOXI — The idea of ultra-fast broadband Internet service as an economic driver started with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and is rapidly spreading across South Mississippi. Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey said Tuesday that Coast mayors will meet soon to discuss the idea of creating a Mississippi Gulf Coast Fiber Ring that would provide Internet access to every home, ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi sunshine and the perfect storm

These Desoto solar panels are part of Entergy's small scale “Bright Future Solar Projects”

The perfect solar storm is hitting Mississippi. One that could have us all dancing and singing that Brady Bunch song, “Sunshine Day.” More solar panel manufacturing jobs have come to our state. Entergy Mississippi has developed a pilot project to collect better data for more efficient solar energy for its consumers. And our Public Service Commission is set to approve net ...

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Appeals court upholds Katrina insurance fraud verdict


JACKSON — Whistleblowers who sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. can seek more evidence of fraud against the U.S. government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Monday a jury verdict in favor of Cori and Kerry Rigsby. The two sisters sued on behalf of the government after they said they witnessed the Illinois ...

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Coroner: No evidence B.B. King was poisoned before death

B.B. King bows following a performance. The coroner in Las Vegas says there’s no evidence King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May 2015. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday, July 13, 2015, that an autopsy sought by two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children came back cause of death alzheimers disease with other significant conditions.

LAS VEGAS — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday. Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus ...

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North Harrison County Industrial Park nears completion


GULFPORT — Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new North Harrison County Industrial Park. WLOX TV reports county supervisors agreed Monday to allocate $1 million for infrastructure work at the complex. The park will offer large parcels for potential business and industry. In the current industrial park, 35 acres is the largest space available. Along with size, there ...

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