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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

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JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores

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In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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Barges long gone, goods moving on Yazoo River declines

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GREENWOOD — During the heyday of Greenwood’s cotton markets, paddle-wheel boats carried bales of cotton and other export commodities down the Yazoo River to Vicksburg and on to New Orleans. It’s now been decades since barges worked the upper reaches of the Yazoo River to pick up shipments from Greenwood. Moving grain, fertilizer or other products by boat could dramatically ...

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Swetman abandons supervisor re-election bid

BILOXI — Windy Swetman III is pulling out of the Harrison County supervisor race and won’t seek re-election. According to local media reports, Swetman filed a letter with the Harrison County circuit clerk’s office Friday. Swetman has been supervisor since 2007. His term ends Dec. 31. His departure leaves Republicans Todd J. Echelberry, Beverly Martin and Johnny Rhodes and Libertarian ...

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Mississippi hospital whistleblower gets $3.5M in settlement

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JACKSON — A former employee of a Mississippi hospital is getting almost $3.5 million as part of a string of settlements where 18 hospitals in seven states have agreed to pay $20.4 million over allegations they broke federal law by receiving Medicare reimbursements for psychiatric services that were not “medically reasonable or necessary.” Ryan Ladner worked for Allegiance Health Management ...

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Greg Word named senior vice president of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

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Greg Word has has been named senior vice president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. Word will lead the organization’s economic development activities, as well as facilitate the Greater Jackson Alliance, the four-county economic development arm of the parent organization. Word has been with the Mississippi Development Authority the past two years.  Prior to his work with MDA, Word held positions with the ...

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Fitch: Kemper dealt another blow; downgrade pressure looms for Mississippi Power

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NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings sees mounting pressure on Mississippi Power Company’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) following South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA)’s decision to terminate the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) for a 15 percent ownership stake in the Kemper project. Fitch currently rates Mississippi Power’s IDR ‘A-‘ with a Negative Outlook. Fitch believes that finding another partner to replace SMEPA could ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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Thompson ordered removed as judge

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JACKSON — Lee County Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson has been removed from office by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Thompson, a justice court judge since 2004, has until June 4 to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider. If he does not ask for a rehearing, the removal will become effective June 11. Thompson was also fined $3,500 and ordered to ...

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College Board names Ole Miss provost, Morris Stocks, as interim leader

University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan, left, who gave the commencement address, and University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones laugh at the University of Mississippi graduation ceremony at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.   (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle)

JACKSON — The College Board has named University of Mississippi Provost Morris Stocks to lead the university on an interim basis beginning June 15. After the board refused to renew his contract, Chancellor Dan Jones wasn’t scheduled to step down until Sept. 15. But Jones says he will take leave beginning June 15, and Stocks will assume his authority then. ...

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