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Vegas judge: No evidence bluesman B.B. King is being abused

FILE -  In this file photo taken Aug. 22, 2012, B.B. King performs at the 32nd annual B.B. King Homecoming, a concert on the grounds of an old cotton gin where he worked as a teenager in Indianola, Miss. The Blues legend King died May 14.

LAS VEGAS — A dispute over B.B. King’s health and wealth was tossed out of court on Thursday by a judge in Las Vegas who said two investigations found no evidence the blues legend is being abused. King’s doctor said the 89-year-old musician was in home hospice care. The ruling keeps King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control ...

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Late food critic Claiborne getting a marker in the Delta

INDIANOLA — Craig Claiborne, the late celebrated food critic for The New York Times, will be honored Thursday with a historical marker in his native Sunflower County. The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. at 208 West Percy Street in Indianola, in front of the home where Claiborne lived as a boy. Claiborne wrote more than 20 books in ...

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Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, has about $13 million at ...

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Moon River Foods creating 100 jobs in Mississippi Delta

JACKSON, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Moon River Foods announced today the company is locating a new fish processing operation in Baird, Miss., in Sunflower County. The project represents a corporate investment of $3 million and will create 100 new jobs. Working with contract fishermen licensed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Moon River ...

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Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the worst he’s seen in six ...

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Winter weather expected this morning in Delta

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for three Delta counties that runs through noon today. The highest chance for ice accumulation is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. A few hundredths of an inch is expected, mainly on elevated roadways and bridges. The Mississippi Emergency ...

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Bryant signs bill forcing Sunflower school merger

JACKSON — Sunflower County will have only one school district starting in July 2014, under a law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant Thursday. Senate Bill 2330 requires merging the Indianola, Drew and Sunflower County districts, all currently under state control. The bill does not require closing any current schools, although residents have said they fear that result. The districts have ...

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State set to meet about Aberdeen school system

JACKSON — State officials have signaled they could be seeking to take over an eighth school district even as they consider fundamental changes to the process of state control, called conservatorship. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Jackson and appears poised to declare a state of emergency in the 1,400-student Aberdeen district, which educates students ...

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MBJ Editorial: Mississippi Delta worse off after eight years of Gov. Barbour

The Mississippi Delta continues to flounder as unemployment figures average around 18 percent for the 12 counties between Vicksburg and Memphis. Yet, there have been many jobs announcements in the years of the Barbour administration, but very few have had anything to do with the Mississippi Delta. In this latest barrage of economic development announcements, the Delta — generally thought ...

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