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KILL BILL: Common Core death knell heads to Gov. Bryant’s desk

by Published: March 31,2015

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the bill into law, an 11-member commission would make recommendations […] [...]

Senate balks at bill to force new state testing competition

JACKSON — Senators want more work on a bill that would force the state Department of Education to relaunch a contract competition to pick state standardized tests with rules that would aid the ACT organization. House and Senate negotiators tacked the language onto House Bill 434, a must-pass bill that transfers money in the budget. […] [...]

Bryant says he will sign public hospital transparency bill

by Published: March 31,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to sign a bill designed to bring more transparency to the way publicly owned hospitals are run. Bryant spoke Tuesday to more than three dozen people who traveled to the state Capitol to push the bill because of concerns about pension losses at Singing River Hospital […] [...]

IRS plan to require tax forms for wins of $600

BILOXI — Casino operators in South Mississippi are coming out against an IRS proposal that would require players to file tax forms any time they win $600 or more on slot machines, keno or bingo. The threshold currently is $1,200. Hit that amount or higher and the slot machine freezes and stays locked until the […] [...]

Lawmakers move on bonds despite complaints from colleges and universities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: bonds, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are likely to agree to borrow a total of $450 million, including nearly $25 million to build an aquarium in Gulfport. House members voted 73-44 to support Senate Bill 2906, which contains $250 million in borrowing, while members are considering another $200 million linked to a bill financed by casino taxes. […] [...]

Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

NEW ORLEANS — A lawyer says last week’s $3.2 million payment for Chinese drywall damage to seven houses is a good sign for thousands of others in at least six states. Plaintiffs’ attorney Russ Herman says it now seems a matter of proving damages for up to 4,000 other people who sued Taishan Gypsum Co. […] [...]

Statue depicts famous duel that originated ‘Bowie knife’

NATCHEZ — A statue depicting a famous duel that resulted in the “Bowie knife” being coined is now on display at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. The Natchez Democrat reports that Bowie’s Tavern owner Michael Worley acquired the statue after it was featured in the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The statue, sculpted by […] [...]

McComb’s white mayor breaks tie: City to join black caucus

MCCOMB — McComb’s white mayor broke a 3-3 tie along racial lines to affiliate the city with the Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the city’s three black selectmen voted last week to apply, while the three white selectmen voted against applying. Mayor Whitney Rawlings voted to apply. During an […] [...]

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

BY: JEFF AMY JACKSON — One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it’s never before discussed in an open meeting. College Board trustees held repeated discussions […] [...]

New owner to begin major renovations at Natchez Regional

NATCHEZ — Construction plans have been finalized and Natchez Regional Medical Center needs a final bureaucratic nod before work can begin to bring Natchez’s two hospitals together. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Eric Robinson tells The Natchez Democrat code approval can take up to 30 days, so he expects the hospital will hear from the state during […] [...]

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