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Analysis: 6 new judge posts on Mississippi’s Nov. 3 ballot

Voters in some parts of central and southern Mississippi will elect new judges this fall because legislators created three new judgeships for chancery court and three for circuit court. Lawmakers file a handful of bills each session to seek additional judges for their regions. State law specifies what criteria should be considered, including population of the district, the number of ...

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Biloxi mayor-elect names head of transition team

BILOXI — Biloxi Mayor-elect Andrew Gilich has named F. Cliff Kirkland to head his transition team. Vincent Creel, Biloxi public affairs manager, tells The Sun Herald Gilich likely will be sworn in next week. His public inauguration will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Biloxi Civic Center. The Biloxi Election Commission certified the election late Tuesday night. Gilich received ...

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ALAN TURNER: Joel Bomgar an entrepreneur and budding politician

  At 35, Joel Bomgar has accomplished more than most business professionals achieve in a lifetime.  He took a concept he came up with in his undergraduate years at Belhaven, and started a company with that concept in the very next week after he graduated. The rest was a very fast forwarded record of success that took the company from ...

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Mississippi gets $2.4 million to improve reading teachers

JACKSON — Mississippi will get $2.4 million to subsidize summer programs for struggling readers and improve teachers’ reading instruction methods. The three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, announced Tuesday, would be channeled through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, relying on board-certified teachers to mentor other teachers and become literacy coaches. The most immediate effort will be to ...

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Alabama budget woes: state’s GOP lawmakers look to gambling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republicans in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature are looking to gambling as a possible component of a solution to the state’s budget woes. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, filed a bill Tuesday that would authorize a lottery and four casinos. He said it is time to let Alabama voters decide the issue of gambling. ...

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Increasing gas tax makes for tough politics, adviser says

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JACKSON — Mississippi will need strong bipartisan leadership if officials want to increase the gasoline tax to pay for highways, bridges and other transportation needs, the policy director of a national group called Transportation for America told state business leaders Thursday. Joe McAndrew described such a debate as “a tricky political question,” and said gathering support to increase or restructure ...

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Tupelo voters approve $44M school bond request

TUPELO — Voters have approved a $44 million bond request from the Tupelo Public School District. School officials say over 85 percent of the voters approved the request. It required 60 percent to pass. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 3,276 ballots, with 2,800 supporting the request to issue the bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades, security features and ...

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting a proposed constitutional amendment on ...

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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday. Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the city has a bond payment ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Get ready for November ballot perplexity

The differences between Proposition 42 and Alternative 42A are stark.   Huh?   Well, for those not up to speed, Proposition 42 is the constitutional amendment on public school funding that over 116,000 citizens forced onto the ballot for this November. Alternative 42A is the substitute amendment that 30 senators (out of 52) and 65 representatives (out of 122) forced ...

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