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VT Halter Marine marks expansion, breaks ground


PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has marked the completion of its dry dock expansion and broken ground on its new blast and paint facility in Pascagoula. VT Halter Marine chief executive officer Jack Predergast says the expansion is part of the company’s five-year plan to develop a full service repair facility. The $13 million project added 400 jobs at VT. ...

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2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor


JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party’s nomination for re-election Tuesday. The Republican is already talking about pushing for tax cuts during a second term, and he’s paying little attention to anyone else running for governor. While opponents say Bryant has failed to pull Mississippi out of persistent poverty, he points to the state’s decreasing ...

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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

Deepwater Horizon

Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

Phillip Gunn

We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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(UPDATED) Reeves shoots back at Gunn — Voters could decide Mississippi flag design


JACKSON — Mississippi voters, not lawmakers, should decide whether to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday. Reeves, who presides over the state Senate, spoke about the issue a day after Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn called the emblem offensive and said the state flag should change. Mississippi voters decided by a ...

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Bryant announces broadband investment of $15M

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GULFPORT — Gov. Phil Bryant is pledging $15 million for development of a broadband corridor along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Multiple news sources report Bryant made the announcement this week at a meeting of business and community leaders in Gulfport. Bryant says the money will come from BP and other companies responsible for 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Officials say ...

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Analysis: Bryant lets suffrage bills stand without signature


  JACKSON — In his first term, Gov. Phil Bryant has allowed eight bills to become law without his signature. All have been suffrage bills. Mississippians convicted of certain felonies lose the right to vote. Those who lose their vote have to be pardoned by the governor or go to the Legislature, where it takes a two-thirds majority to restore ...

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Emerald Home Furnishings plans furniture plant in New Albany


NEW ALBANY — Emerald Home Furnishings announced Wednesday that it will open an upholstered furniture factory in New Albany, investing more than $2 million and hiring 150 workers. The company, based in Seattle, Washington, will move into a building formerly occupied by furniture component manufacturer Hickory Springs, which closed its New Albany plant in June 2012. Federal, state and local ...

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DAVID DALLAS: District One congressional race not attracting voters or much interest

With the special election for District One now over, a critical analysis of the very poor showing of GOP establishment candidates, backed by the likes of Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, would be awfully tempting. But the low voter turnout for such a crazy, free-for-all special election deserves some commentary. In spite of a plea from Secretary of State Delbert ...

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