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UPDATED: HUD forces Ridgeland to cease effort to eliminate rental housing complexes

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Federal housing agency charged City sought to displace minority residents   By TED CARTER In a move that lets Ridgeland avoid Fair Housing Act violation penalties from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, city officials have agreed to scrap provisions of a 2014 zoning ordinance that could have forced more than a dozen rental apartment complexes out of business. ...

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Study finds state’s revenue growth slowing

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By BOBBY HARRISON Despite the fact that Gov. Phil Bryant and legislators have been struggling with declining tax revenue and budget cuts, Mississippi is one of 29 states where collections, when adjusted for inflation, have rebounded to new peaks since what is known as the Great Recession of 2008-09. A report by the Pew Charitable Trust, released earlier this month, ...

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State says it will seek other uses for just-closed prison


Mississippi’s prison system says it will seek some other use for the just-closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. The facility had been run by private companies — most recently Utah-based Management and Training Corp. — but is owned by a public authority. Bond documents issued in July show the state still owes almost $94 million that was borrowed to build and ...

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Natchez hires accounting firm to conduct forensic audit


The city of Natchez has hired a Madison accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s finances. The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Darryl Grennell signed an agreement Friday to hire Collins, Barr & Hembree to conduct the audit. The concerns or specific problem areas outlined by the mayor and board of aldermen will direct the work of the ...

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Former Forrest Co. sheriff’s chief deputy terminated

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Former Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charles Bolton has been officially terminated from office. County Administrator Betty Carlisle told the Hattiesburg American Monday Bolton’s termination was effective Thursday, the day after Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, each were found guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns. Charles Bolton also was found guilty on four counts of ...

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USDA describes $328M oil spill restoration plan for Gulf


CARRIERE, Miss. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s focusing conservation programs along the Gulf of Mexico in a $328 million plan to help recovery from the 2010 oil spill. Undersecretary Robert Bonnie says the agency will use that focus through 2018 as it helps coastal producers plan improvements to improve water quality and improve coastal ecosystems under several ...

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Global stocks rally ahead of Fed and Bank of Japan meetings

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Global stock markets started the new trading week strongly Monday as investors appeared to put last week’s jitters behind them as they awaited the outcome of the latest policy meetings of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan later this week. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 1.5 percent at 6,807 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Pathways for unmotivated people become useless pathways

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Pathways” is the popular word today for fixing broken, adolescent, and unsuccessful people.    Here are a few examples. At the federal level there are the Pathways out of Poverty Act, the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention program, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Pathways courses. At the state level there are Governor Phil Bryant’s Mississippi Works Smart Start Career Pathway, the Mississippi ...

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Analysis: US phases out private prisons, Mississippi shuts 1


Mississippi jumped enthusiastically into using private prisons in the mid-1990s, when the Department of Corrections was under a longstanding federal court order to ease crowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries. The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more ...

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USM to cut nonresident tuition in bid to boost enrollment

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The University of Southern Mississippi is cutting tuition for students from outside the state in a bid to boost enrollment and revenue. Mississippi’s College Board voted Thursday to approve USM’s plans to cut non-resident tuition and fees from $16,529 to $9,964 starting in fall 2017. In-state residents are scheduled to pay $7,963 for the same two semesters of full time ...

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