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Barbour calling special session over museums

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll call a special session within the regular legislative next week so the House and Senate can quickly consider funding for a civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum. The two projects have stalled during the regular session, and Barbour said today that he thinks it will be faster for lawmakers ...

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Contracts let for expansion of Elvis' birthplace

TUPELO — The board of directors of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation has voted to award the contract for the expansion of Presley’s birthplace venue to the apparent low bidder, Panola Construction of Batesville. The low bid for the base project was $2.689 million. The board agreed to accept Alternate #2 for $38,600. In additional action, Germantown Contracting’s base bid ...

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Coast museum to be rebuilt on original site

BILOXI — The Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Museum will be rebuilt at its original site on Point Cadet. The Sun Herald reports that FEMA and MEMA have told Biloxi officials they won’t fund any additional archaeological studies to determine whether the Tullis-Tulledano property was a Native American burial site or for remediation costs should it prove be a burial site. ...

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Senate passes its own civil rights museum bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own bond bill to partially fund two museums — one focusing on all types of history and one focusing specifically on civil rights. The bill passed 36-10 yesterday. It would provide $30 million for the first phase of the museums. The House earlier passed its own separate bill for the projects, providing ...

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Lawmakers continue debate over civil rights museum site

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour’s verbal support for a civil rights museum in Mississippi’s capital has reignited debate over where to place an edifice in honor of the bloody struggle that played out across the South. A committee of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus held a hearing yesterday at the state Capitol to discuss possible locations for the museum. However, ...

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Anderson Museum mulls expansion plans

OCEAN SPRINGS — Leaders of the Walter Anderson Museum say they want to update the facility in Ocean Springs to accommodate more visitors. The museum’s executive director, Linda Bloom, said the museum intends to expand its front entry, including a larger gift shop. Bloom discussed the museum’s plans with Jackson County supervisors. [ITAL]The Mississippi Press[ITAL] reported that supervisors agreed to ...

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Museum believes it can raise funds for Elvis

TUPELO — An official with the Elvis Birthplace and Museum expects little trouble in coming up with a 20 percent local match to garner $2.8 million from the state to enhance the Tupelo tourist destination. “We don’t see a problem raising our share,” said Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation Executive Director Dick Guyton. The funds to improve the Tupelo birthplace of ...

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