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Mississippi proficiency levels dip, as expected, on new test


JACKSON — Nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in algebra I, according to test results released Thursday. Those are the first findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results are a big drop from ...

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OTHER VIEWS — Legislature scared to take on flag issue


With last week’s actions at two of the state’s largest universities, it is becoming clear that Mississippi may be setting itself up for an angry, bitter, divisive and messy fight over the state flag that it really doesn’t need. Last Monday, University of Mississippi officials quietly took down the state flag, which includes the controversial Confederate battle emblem, at the ...

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Power of incumbency prevails in Mississippi — Bryant wins another term

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant speaks as his wife Deborah listens next to him during an election day party, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in Jackson, Miss. Bryant easily won a second term as Mississippi governor Tuesday, defeating a truck driver who ran a low-budget campaign as the Democratic nominee. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — For the first time in a single year, Mississippi voters have re-elected all eight statewide officials. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday won a second term, easily defeating two challengers who ran low-budget campaigns — Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver who said he surprised even himself by winning the party primary in August; and the Reform Party’s ...

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Republican surge toward supermajority in Mississippi House


JACKSON — As election returns are finalized in the next few days, Republicans are within striking distance of a 74-vote supermajority in the state House. The GOP boosted their ranks to a solid 71 with three races remaining close early Wednesday, knocking off House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto and Rep. Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro. Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville, teetered ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

Gov. Phil Byrant raises his hammer after helping complete the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, Monday, Oct. 5 2015, in West Point, Miss. For Yokohama Rubber Co., its $300 million Mississippi plant is its platform to fight for a slice of the competitive North American tire market. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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Community College Board interviews 4 for executive director


RIDGELAND — Mississippi’s Community College Board is interviewing four candidates for executive director and could choose a new director someone this month. The board conducted interviews in a closed session Wednesday at the Ridgeland campus of Holmes Community College. The names of the candidates were not listed on an agenda published by the board, which coordinates the state’s 15 independently ...

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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

Hurricane Katrina

On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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Consultant aims to boost low-budget Dem for Miss. governor


JACKSON — A political consultant who has worked for Democrats in the Deep South says he’s trying to generate support for Robert Gray, the truck driver who spent no money to win the party’s nomination for Mississippi governor. The Washington-based consultant, Dane Strother, set up a website aimed at raising money to defeat Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Strother tells The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Gov. Bryant serious about public contracting reforms


Gov. Phil Bryant continues to take seriously the reform of public contracting in Mississippi.    Last November, Bryant, responding to the contract scandal that erupted from the arrest of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, established a special task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contracting and procurement processes.     In December, the five-member task ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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