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Mississippi funding fence to keep animals off runways

Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base. A Navy official said the state’s job-creation agency, Mississippi Development Authority, has offered a grant to pay for the barrier at Naval Air Station Meridian. The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom ...

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To fight crime, Hattiesburg mayor pushes for camera system

The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime. WDAM-TV reported that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also discussed a recent crime spree that has seen four shootings over the weekend. Specifically ...

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Coroner: Inmate dies, found hanging at a Mississippi prison

An inmate at a Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday. Coroner Heather Burton said she was called Sunday to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman where inmate Gabriel Carmen was found hanging in his cell Saturday ...

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Analysis: Troubled prison system requires intense attention

Top Mississippi officials acknowledge the state is facing a crisis with its prison system, with five inmates killed and others injured in recent mayhem. Two days after he was inaugurated last week, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves described the violence as a “catastrophe.” He appointed a group to conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead the Mississippi Department ...

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ANALYSIS — Tax hike is one thing, bright outlook for gasoline is another

By JACK WEATHERLY A hike in Mississippi gasoline tax has been bandied about for years as a solution for much-needed improvements in the state’s roads and bridges. But it continues to draw, at best, a luke-warm response from governmental leaders. Whether the increase were to occur, the good news is that the historical price of gasoline in the state continues ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republican strategist questions what GOP now stands for

Longtime Mississippi Republicans will remember political consultant Stuart Stevens for his work on early campaigns for the late Sen. Thad Cochran. Since those early races he has become a highly successful media strategist and has helped elect numerous Republican governors and senators. His client list sounds like a who’s who of Republican leaders – President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt ...

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Appeals court won’t rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes abortions up to 16 weeks. Mississippi is likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to ...

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Biloxi hires new schools superintendent

A longtime school system educator has been named superintendent of Biloxi’s 6,300-student public school district. The district’s school board voted Thursday to hire Marcus Boudreaux, 42, at a salary of $140,000 a year, The Sun Herald reported. Boudreaux, the principal at Biloxi High School, replaces interim superintendent Larry Drawdy, who agreed to fill the post temporarily after the resignation last May ...

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Mississippi could get piece of $20B rural broadband fund

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Some 231,000 rural locations Mississippi could dip into a $20 billion pot for broadband access. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced this week initial estimates of how many homes and businesses in each state could benefit from Phase I of the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. A total of about 6 million ...

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Frozen-food maker to invest $27.3 million, add 15 jobs

Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the frozen food industry, is increasing capacity in Oakland. The project is a $27.3 million corporate investment that will add 15 jobs to the work force, raising the total number of employees to 450. “For 13 years, Ajinomoto Foods has been growing its Oakland operations, providing gainful employment for hundreds of Mississippians ...

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