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College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

JACKSON — The College Board has again turned to one of its own to take the post of higher education commissioner, promoting former Holmes Community College President Glenn Boyce. The board chose the 57-year-old Boyce on Thursday in a closed session and announced the decision Friday. Board President Aubrey Patterson said Boyce will get a four-year contract with a starting annual ...

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Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions and meetings center which opened ...

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Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for Mississippians and sent it to ...

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Leflore supervisors approve private prison deal

GREENWOOD — Leflore County is agreeing to sell additional land outside the current Delta Correctional Facility’s fences to help a private prison operator in its pursuit of a contract to house federal inmates there. Utahbased Management and Training Corp. is bidding on Federal Bureau of Prisons contract. It would need to expand the currently shuttered facility to house 1,400 to ...

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Tupelo to get its first Walmart Neighborhood Market

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The first of what could be as many as three smaller-format Walmart stores in Tupelo is expected to be built this year. On Thursday, Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper confirmed that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had officially requested a permit to build a 40,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city. The store will ...

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Mississippi House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to give assistant teachers a substantial pay raise. The base pay for the job is currently $12,500 a year. A bill that was debated Wednesday originally would have set the base pay at $13,500. The House accepted a proposal by Democratic Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson to set the base pay at $15,000. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?

  “Where are you going?” yelled the fisherman still in the boat. “We have to save these children?” “I’m going upstream, and find out who’s throwing these babies in the water,” he replied. Perhaps it is time to talk about something that we in Mississippi do not want to discuss publicly, but which we lament privately. And that is our ...

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Mississippi takes an incentives licking, keeps on ticking

By Jack Weatherly If the Pew Charitable Trusts gave Mississippi the stick in 2012, it seems to be trying the carrot this time. Mississippi economic development officials thought the respected independent nonprofit organization was harsh in its assessment of how the state was tracking its incentives. “It sounded like like they were unfairly indicting the model we were using,” senior ...

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Pew issues a report on incentives programs in Miss., 9 other states.

The Pew Charitable Trusts issued on Friday a report about the fact that 10 more states, including Mississipppi, have put into place a system for evaluating the effectiveness of incentives programs for enticing industry to locate in the state. The Mississippi Legislature last year passed legislation and Gov. Phil Bryant signed it into law. Pew, a nonprofit research organization, listed ...

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Furniture maker to make announcement

Gov. Phil Bryant and United Furniture Industries officials will make an announcement at 11 a.m. Monday in Verona, according to news release from the Mississippi Development Authority. United announced in December that it had bought a 475,000-square-foot building formerly owned by Lane Furniture Industries. United said at the time that the facility would be used for manufacturing and would be ...

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