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Board in no hurry to find permanent president for Valley

ITTA BENA— It appears Mississippi Valley State University is likely to lack a permanent leader for the foreseeable future, even though the College Board has recently named new presidents for two other state universities. The College Board decided not to renew Donna Oliver’s contract at the Itta Bena institution in October, four years after she was named to head the ...

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River city mayors to announce formation of new caucus

NATCHEZ — Two mayors are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to join a new voice for Mississippi River cities. The Natchez Democrat reports Natchez Mayor Butch Brown and Vidalia, La.,  Mayor Hyram Copeland will join nine other mayors of cities that share the banks of the Mississippi and members of Congress to announce the formation of the Mississippi River ...

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Hospital trustees ask for meeting with supervisors

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors expects to meet this week with Natchez Regional Medical Center’s board of trustees. Supervisors tell The Natchez Democrat the meeting is at the request of the hospital board, and will be used to discuss the county-owned hospital’s plans for the future and might include discussions of the hospital’s settlement with its former ...

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Mall redevelopment will mean massive demolition

GAUTIER — The redeveloped Singing River Mall will be an open-air shopping center that requires demolition of about 250,000 square feet of existing space. That’s according to an agreement on the city council’s agenda last week. The Mississippi Press reports the proposed agreement points to a 350,000-square-foot high-quality mixed-use development with anchor, junior anchor and smaller commercial businesses, office buildings, ...

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Lab owner wants charges of falsifying records tossed

WATER VALLEY — A defense lawyer is asking a federal judge to dismiss charges against the owner of environmental laboratory accused of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. Tennie White, owner of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was indicted Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. She’s charged with making false statements and obstruction. The indictment says Borg Warner ...

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Lawmakers want river dredged to handle cargo ships

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers should dredge the Mississippi River deep enough to handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond say. The Louisiana Democrats have submitted bills to authorize dredging the river to a minimum depth of ...

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Bureau's budget cuts cast shadow on prison project

GREENWOOD — Budget cuts at the Bureau of Prisons have put choosing a location for a 1,600-bed minimum-security prison for illegal immigrants on the back burner, according to Mississippi corrections officials. Management and Training Corporation, based in Centerville, Utah, submitted a bid to the federal government last summer to use the former Delta Correctional Facility, closed since January 2012, to ...

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Public comment sought for new school-rating plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated. The state Board of Education is likely today to seek public comment on a plan to add four-year graduation rates to the numerical formula that rates high schools and school districts. The board is likely to vote on the ...

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Appeal of lawsuit against 'King of Torts' authors reinstated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. In 2011, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and a publishing company. The lawsuit alleged Dawson, a ...

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ACLU could sue over state's new school prayer law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August. Republican Bryant was joined by about two dozen lawmakers, ...

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