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New bid for moving state offices into Jackson's CBD passes first test

JACKSON, Mississippi — A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as well as the prospect for ...

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Senate task force finds plenty of road, bridge problems but no money for fixes

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON, Mississippi– A task force created by the 2013 Senate has concluded that the state does not generate enough revenue to take care of its transportation needs. But the task force, which completed its work Tuesday, did not recommend any method to pay for those needs. Senate Transportation Chair Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who ...

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Starkville first Miss. city to recognize equality, dignity of gay residents

Starkville’s City Council Tuesday passed an “inclusivity” resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, said Starkville’s resolution makes it the first municipality in Mississippi to recognize the dignity of its ...

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and federal partners committed to addressing ...

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Deaths in 2013 force two special elections

Two Mississippi towns are holding special elections to replace city leaders who died late last year. Former city alderman Freddie Love and former mayor Willie Burnside will be in a Jan. 21 runoff for mayor in a special election in Hollandale. The Delta Democrat Times reports the winner will finish out the term of Melvin Willis Sr., who had been ...

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Pay lags for Mississippi government employees

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Mississippi State Personnel Board director Deanna Mosley tells lawmakers on Thursday that the average in Mississippi is $34,506. That compares to the four states’ average of $43,614. Mississippi government employees’ most recent across-the-board pay raise ...

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Utility-rate incentives extended for small businesses

JACKSON, Mississippi — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today an extension through 2014, and in some instances beyond 2014, of utility rate incentives aimed at Mississippi small businesses. To date, the incentives have helped over 1,100 Mississippi “mom and pop” businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs, according to a news release from Presley. The “Small Business Rate ...

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To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1l6pnO3AA[/youtube] The Associated Press DE KALB, Miss. — America’s newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at ...

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Bi-partisan criminal justice panel urges refocusing of sentencing, parole policies

In a report issued Tuesday, the Mississippi Criminal Justice Task Force concluded Mississippi’s criminal justice and corrections systems are at a critical crossroads. The Task Force concluded that the route the state has taken up to now leads to more than a quarter of a billion dollars in additional spending over the next 10 years; a second route that would ...

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