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Pickett to chair parole board, Townsend takes at-large position

JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant selected Steven Pickett to chair the State Parole Board, and Butch Townsend is leaving the Pearl Police Department to serve as the board’s at-large member. Pickett will replace the board’s current chairman, Doug Davis, who plans to resign Oct. 15 to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Townsend was tapped ...

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MEC polling finds growing support for education, training for workers

Business leaders more likely to be optimistic on state economy than voters, survey finds. Mississippians don’t want the state to let up on efforts to create an educated and well-prepared workforce, a Mississippi Economic Council survey of 600 business people and voters shows They’ve witnessed the state roll up successes such as automakers Nissan and Toyota and other large manufactures. Now ...

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PEER: Some MDA loan programs drastically under-used

Four of the Mississippi Development Authority’s business development loan programs are severely under-utilized, and their future availability is questionable after a report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee (PEER). The PEER report looked at the utilization rates for fiscal years 2006-2010 and FY 2010 year-end fund balances of seven of the MDA’s business development loan programs overall. The ...

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Budget, budget, budget

Making it work will be a long and arduous process for lawmakers They may align themselves on opposite sides of the political fence, but Democrats and Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature are in agreement about the hot-button issue facing the upcoming 2011 legislative session. “It’s the budget, no doubt about it,” said Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. “As it was the ...

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