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Both sides in school funding suit seek ruling

JACKSON — Both sides in a lawsuit over state funding for local school districts in Mississippi are asking a judge to rule in their favor without having a full trial in the case. Twenty-one school districts represented by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove are seeking summary judgment, while Attorney General Jim Hood earlier asked that the case be dismissed. Musgrove filed ...

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Task force: Ban no-bid contracts in prison system

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Corrections should kill as many of its no-bid contracts as possible and start a competitive process to see if it can get better deals. That’s one of the early recommendations being made by a group that Gov. Phil Bryant appointed to review prison contracts. The five-member task force agreed Monday on 12 recommendations to ...

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Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments

JACKSON — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans. Sisters Cori ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Investing in our football future

Before this column goes to print, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will both have played in major bowls – the Orange and the Peach. State and Ole Miss fans are counting on this season’s success leading to greater opportunities in the coming years: SEC Titles, College Football Playoffs and National Championships. In their delirium, the Rebel Nation has already signed ...

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Delta projects get nearly $3.6M in federal, local money

JACKSON — Nine projects in the Mississippi Delta have received almost $3.6 million in federal, public and private money. The total costs for each project range from $46,100 to fix a levee around Tunica’s sewer lagoon to $750,000 to bring the Holly Springs sewer lagoon up to state standards. Other projects include preparing the site and buying equipment for a ...

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Columbarium project moves forward

OXFORD — Work on a columbarium on the grounds of the historic, city-owned Oxford Memorial Cemetery is expected to begin next spring. The Oxford Eagle reports the city is spending about $4,000 on 41 extra shutters, which go in front of the niche. The extras would be used if an original shutter is damaged or engraved incorrectly. The project calls ...

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Emergency workers' new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are also much lighter than the ...

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More than 600 Lamar teachers get 1st merit pay checks

HATTIESBURG — More than 600 of Lamar County’s teachers qualified for the district’s first round of merit pay, says Chris Wooten, human resources director for the county school district. Qualification for the second round will be tougher, so fewer teachers probably will qualify, he told The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/1rti0Uj ). He said 90 percent to 95 percent of the district’s ...

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Analysis: Questions linger on potential Columbus aluminum mill

By JEFF AMY The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company sparked a lot of speculation by putting a countdown clock on its website that ended at 7 p.m. December 19. But Chief Marketing Officer ...

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Nissan supplier efforts key to more Miss. output

CANTON — The old shipping racks at the Nissan Motor Co. supplier say “Topre, Cullman, AL.” The new ones say “Topre, Canton, MS.” That’s because Topre America’s robots, tended by 165 employees, are now welding together support frames for trucks inside a Mississippi facility that’s a long walk from where Nissan assembles them. Japanese-based Topre is one of seven suppliers ...

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