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State's tax collections grew 5 percent last budget year

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges. State Department of Revenue figures show general fund tax receipts grew to a record $5.25 billion in the 2014 budget year, which ended Monday. Lawmakers raised ...

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Bryant's criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core is a federal takeover of ...

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College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the board to seek a total ...

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State's consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading information and charging unauthorized fees. ...

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Highway Patrol gets Mississippi-made Airbus helicopter

COLUMBUS and JACKSON — Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing recently accepted delivery of a Mississippi-made Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar, produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e, which was built in Columbus, was clearly the best aircraft for the department’s ...

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Equifax appeals tax ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider June 26 whether to hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. from what is considers an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. Court officials say a decision could be announced shortly after the court conference. The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove ...

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State sues credit reporting firm Experian for alleged violations

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company’s data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi’s action — and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio — represents a significant new legal challenge to the industry. Attorney General Jim Hood’s complaint against Experian Information Solutions ...

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Magazine gives Silver Shovel to state for economic development efforts

JACKSON — Area Development magazine has unveiled the recipients of the 2014 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards. This year, five states — Texas, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, and Utah — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2013 creating a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investment. Silver Shovels are being awarded to ...

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After 30 years, state gives Vicksburg Auditorium back to city

VICKSBURG — The state of Mississippi has returned the Vicksburg Auditorium back to the city of Vicksburg. “The state of Mississippi has no need to maintain ownership of this property,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “It is best kept in the hands of the local governing authority, which can decide the best use of the auditorium on the local ...

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Group faces challenges in fighting new religious freedom law

JACKSON — A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being ...

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