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Gov. Bryant revises his proposed state budget

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is revising his state budget for the year that begins July 1. In his new plan, released yesterday, the Republican no longer asks local school districts to dig into their own financial reserves to offset state funding cuts. Instead, he proposes giving elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities the same amount of money ...

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Report: State's foreclosure rate fell in 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The pace of home foreclosures in Mississippi slowed substantially in 2011, following a national trend that may soon be reversed, a national foreclosure tracking firm said yesterday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said that in 2011, 3,172 homes in the state were hit by some sort of foreclosure action. Those range from an initial notice of default to repossession ...

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UMMC letting go 115 workers, cites weak demand

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is reducing the size of its workforce by approximately 115 employees. Coupled with a decision to not fill 90 vacant positions, the UMMC workforce will be about 2 percent smaller than it was at the end of 2011, according to Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. Keeton said a ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died Wednesday. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Rate increase of 11.35 percent just the beginning in regard to Kemper

It was only a matter of time before Mississippi Power Company started raising the rates on its customers to pay for the $2.88 billion Kemper County coal plant. So, last week MPC filed documents with state regulators — the Public Service Commission — for a requested rate increase of 11.35 percent. The Commission has the ability to deny MPC’s request. ...

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Barbour, lawmakers set FY2013 spending at $4.6B

Gov. Haley Barbour and key legislative leaders have decided the Legislature will have $4.6 billion to spend in fiscal 2013 that begins next July 1. As usually happens, the figure could change dramatically before lawmakers complete the 2012 session in May. It represents the first framework for the budget — an estimate of how much money will be available. The ...

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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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Sod farmers shaken by economy, weather

For the state’s sod growers, 2010 was a year to forget. Rocked by low demand due to the lack of new construction as well as adverse weather patterns, the industry saw many producers forced out of business, and those that survived struggled to remain a going concern. Unfortunately, producers will hold no fond memories of 2011, either, and for the ...

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