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Governor's State of the State draws mixed reactions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Reactions are mixed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State Address given yesterday. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican from Jackson, noted that Bryant used a quote by the late President Ronald Reagan (“tear down this wall”) when talking about open enrollment, letting children cross into other public school districts: “It’s the same things he ...

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State House's charter school bill clears committee

JACKSON — A proposal to expand charter schools is moving toward a vote in the full House. The House Education Committee voted 16-14 to approve House Bill 369 after about 90 minutes of debate. Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, says he expects the full House to vote on the measure in a “couple of days.” The Senate passed ...

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City wants to name bridge for late state lawmaker

HOUSTON — The city of Houston has asked the Legislature to name a local bridge for the late state Rep. Billy Bowles. Bowles served 20 years in the Mississippi House. Bowles died in 2012 at the age of 78. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports aldermen are asking that the Mississippi Highway 15 overpass over Highway 8 east of Houston ...

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Military officials to show off new training facility

FORREST COUNTY — Camp Shelby is scheduled to unveil Thursday new high-tech trainings areas for urban combat maneuvers and operations. The $10.5-million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility features 35 buildings on 14 acres equipped with 193 cameras, 30 Human Urban Terrain targets, 15 Stationary Infantry Targets and On-Screen “After-Action Review” capabilities. The fully automated Live-Fire Shoot House is a $3 ...

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Mental exam ordered for doctor in murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Judge Breland Hilburn this past week granted a prosecution request to send Dr. Arnold Smith to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the ...

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City reapplies for ambulance grant after finding it is eligible

STARKVILLE — The city of Starkville is reapplying for an ambulance services grant for which officials previously thought they were ineligible. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman tells The Commercial Dispatch the city is in the process of working with OCH Regional Medical Center to prepare a new application for the $14,000 grant provided by the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund. The ...

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Transportation system set new rider record in 2012

GULFPORT — Coast Transit Authority set a record in 2011 by providing one million rides and topped it again in 2012. Executive director Kevin Coggin tells The Sun Herald last year the authority logged 1.09 million rides. Coggin says CTA has funding to build a new transportation hub in D’Iberville and wants to partner with the Mississippi Department of Transportation ...

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Mayor to opt out of second term and retire

BROOKHAVEN — Mayor Les Bumgarner says he won’t seek re-election to a second term. Bumgarner cited his long record of government service, his age — he’s 65 — and family and personal reasons for the decision. Bumgarner told The Daily Leader he intends to try to enjoy himself in retirement. It’s unclear who will run to replace him. Candidates have ...

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