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UPDATE: Group claims Legislature duped it on killing Common Core

The anti-Common Core group Mississippi Families Restoring Excellence in Education is claiming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and the Legislature deceived it in pledging to eliminate the education initiative. The bill sent to Gov. Phil Bryant last week does not kill Common Core and Bryant should veto it, the group said in an email Monday morning. Bryant has signaled he may ...

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Mississippi vehicle inspection stickers could be eliminated

JACKSON — Mississippi could be poised to eliminate its $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker. The House voted 112-7 Thursday to approve the final version of a bill to wipe out the sticker. It was not immediately clear whether Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would sign House Bill 982. If he does, the sticker requirement would end July 1. During the annual ...

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Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like Nissan and Toyota, these are ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought to you by those jockeying ...

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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a show of force that augured well ...

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Bryant appoints Karen Elam

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Karen Elam, Ph.D., to the State Board of Education. Elam will fill the unexpired term of Danny Spreitler, who has resigned.  She also serves on the Charter School Authorizer Board. Elam, a resident of Oxford, holds a doctorate degree in consumer economics from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in food science from Michigan ...

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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding the bays and marshes on ...

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future generation ...

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future ...

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Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

JACKSON — Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday, but the state ranks near the top in a new measure of how many students are participating in preschool programs. Education Week’s Quality Counts report gave Mississippi a “D” overall for school performance, 51st among the states and Washington D.C, well ...

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