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MBJ EDITORIAL: As the old adage goes, be careful what you ask for …

Now that Republicans have the majority in both the House and Senate, they will bear responsibility for ensuring that what comes out of the Legislature is geared toward the long-term uplifting of the state and not simply peripheral ideological causes. That means attention to education at all levels, beginning with a commitment to keeping the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funded ...

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MBJ EDITORIAL: Rate increase of 11.35 percent just the beginning in regard to Kemper

It was only a matter of time before Mississippi Power Company started raising the rates on its customers to pay for the $2.88 billion Kemper County coal plant. So, last week MPC filed documents with state regulators — the Public Service Commission — for a requested rate increase of 11.35 percent. The Commission has the ability to deny MPC’s request. ...

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MBJ Editorial: Legislature sets flame to money with handout to zoo

Mississippi will be throwing good money after bad when it chucks $1.3 million at the Jackson Zoo. The state Bond Commission last week unanimously approved the sale of $354 million in tax-exempt bonds for which the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will get $40 million together in bond funding. However, other projects benefiting from state ...

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MBJ Editorial: Ayers family worked too hard to see neglect at this level

Never in his wildest dreams  would Jake Ayers had believed, in 1975, what has become of the Mississippi college desegregation lawsuit, known simply as “Ayers.” When all was said and done in 2004, Mississippi education officials said they could get to work enforcing the $503 million settlement designed to correct racist neglect of Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn ...

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MBJ Editorial: Idea for new minor league team not a good one

There was a time that minor league sports, baseball in particular, was at the heart of the American dream. Watch “Field of Dreams” and you will know everything you need to know. However, these days, non-affiliated minor league sports do not work. They don’t work in Mississippi, ever. To think there is a group of people, today, wanting to start ...

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MBJ Editorial: Mississippi has a Heisman to hold on to

While we understand what Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann meant when he said, “If Mississippi ever wins a Heisman trophy, we want to keep it,” there likely are many out there who don’t. Hosemann made the comments in connection with a story, saying a new law could help protect student athletes from sports agents who engage in unethical practices. Mississippi ...

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MBJ Editorial: Mississippi Delta worse off after eight years of Gov. Barbour

The Mississippi Delta continues to flounder as unemployment figures average around 18 percent for the 12 counties between Vicksburg and Memphis. Yet, there have been many jobs announcements in the years of the Barbour administration, but very few have had anything to do with the Mississippi Delta. In this latest barrage of economic development announcements, the Delta — generally thought ...

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