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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan

By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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US stocks move higher as banks surge with bond yields

Bank stocks are climbing Monday morning as bond yields continue to rise. Bond yields are climbing to their highest levels this year, which points to higher interest rates and bigger profits for banks from lending money. Investors have been selling bonds, pushing yields higher, as they expect the spending plans of president-elect Donald Trump to lead to higher inflation. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Appointments will tell if Trump can deliver

Haley Barbour was right. “People wanted to shoot Washington the bird,” he said recently at the MEC Hobnob. “They thought Donald Trump was the biggest, most magnificent middle finger they could find.”   For many, that’s all that mattered. If Trump delivers on any campaign promises, well, that will just be icing on the cake.   Others are expecting lots ...

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Stocks mixed as investors seek clarity on Trump policies

Global stocks were mixed on Friday and the dollar steadied, as investors sought greater clarity on the upcoming economic policies of President-elect Donald Trump. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 fell 0.7 percent to 4,498, while Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 percent at 10,661. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 1 percent to 6,761. U.S. shares appeared headed for a weaker open a ...

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Mississippi high court to consider hidden public records dispute

The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider a dispute over public access to records from a state agency. The dispute started in late 2012, when the Sun Herald requested records from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. After the newspaper made its request, state Auditor Stacey Pickering subpoenaed the same documents and took possession of them. Pickering’s staff said the records ...

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MDEQ panel upholds ruling on water permit for Costco site

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s permit board on Tuesday unanimously upheld its earlier ruling on a water permit it issued for the expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The vote moved the expansion with a hotly contested planned Costco Wholesale store toward becoming a reality. Plaintiffs in a suit against the city of Ridgeland are ...

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New law uncovers secrets: 10 to 15 percent of real estate applicants have criminal convictions

By BECKY GILLETTE  Starting July 1, regulations went into effect that were passed by the Mississippi Legislature to provide more protections for consumers by requiring real estate agents in Mississippi to have fingerprinting and a background check before being licensed. Mississippi Real Estate Commission Administrator Robert Praytor said background checks are showing about ten to 15 percent of applicants have some ...

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