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Analysis: Pay gap and cost of child care create obstacles

A new report reinforces what many Mississippi residents already know, but legislators don’t often discuss: affordable child care is vital to the state economy. Parents can’t work outside the home if they can’t find a safe place for their babies and young children to stay and learn. But high-quality child care can cost thousands of dollars a year, and that ...

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Delta State seeks to lease defunct golf course to developers

A Mississippi university is asking developers for ideas about what to do with the school’s defunct golf course. The Bolivar Commercial reports that Delta State University has issued a request for proposals, aiming to pick a developer sometime this summer. The university closed the Derrall Foreman Golf Course in 2017, saying the course cost too much to operate in the face ...

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Infrastructure repairs cause strain on Greenville budget

Leaders of a Mississippi city are trying to cut costs to improve a budget that has been hit hard by water and sewer system repairs. Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons told the Delta Democrat-Times that any city employee who wants to make a purchase must get approval from him. He said emergency items will be approved, but elected officials are trying to ...

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Hosemann: Mississippi businesses want well-educated workers

Mississippi businesses say in an unscientific survey that the top item on their wish list is a well-educated workforce. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office sent questionnaires to almost 100,000 businesses that are registered in Mississippi. He says Tuesday that more than 5,300 of them responded, and most of the answers came from businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Many ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Wrong school fixes will keep our children shamefully behind

Emerging initiative “Empower Mississippi” is right that many children do not “flourish” in Mississippi public schools. But the fix it wants is wrong. Just as the fix proposed by the “Better Schools, Better Jobs” initiative was wrong.    Neither creating a new entitlement program in the guise of school choice nor making Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding mandatory will ...

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National forests brace for next pine beetle onslaught

By JACK WEATHERLY Early signs are that national forests in Mississippi will face a second consecutive year of a severe Southern pine beetle outbreak, threatening to damage tens of thousands of acres, according to the National Forest Service. The national forests were hit harder last year than private stands. Approximately 23,000 acres were affected in the national forests, according to ...

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Mississippi coast casinos break April revenue record

Casinos on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that gross casino revenue at the 12 Gulf Coast gambling centers hit an all-time high of $108.6 million in April. That’s $1.4 million more than the previous high set in April 2007 when volunteers and contractors were flooding the coast following ...

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Comcast announces gigabit internet service Jackson

Comcast announced today that it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers in Jackson. Starting in late May 2018, Comcast will begin delivering these super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes. The gigabit service will be among the fastest and most ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Wanna bet on who’s not gonna run in 2019?

Not gonna run in 2019 season is upon us.    Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs started it. He announced early this month he is not gonna run for Lt. Governor or any other statewide office next year.    While Petal Mayor Hal Marx says he is running for Governor and former Nettleton Mayor and now Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley might ...

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Feds and Mississippi fight over who should clean up fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Mississippi’s secretary of state are fighting over who should collect assets and repay victims of a $100 million-plus fraud. Arthur Lamar Adams pleaded guilty last week to one count of wire fraud. Authorities say the 58-year-old Jackson resident persuaded investors to loan him money, promising interest rates of 12 percent to 15 percent ...

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