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City to reject aquatic center bids; all exceeded budget by more than $1M

TUPELO — The city will reject bids from companies hoping to build Tupelo’s new indoor aquatic center because all exceeded budget by at least $1.4 million. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports six companies submitted bids for the project, which will put a 45,000-square-foot complex at Veterans Park. Bids ranged from $13.4 million to $15.2 million. The facility’s projected price ...

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City sets new sales tax record, but officials still concerned

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven’s latest sales tax report showed record numbers, but some officials don’t want to get too excited just yet because the city is lagging behind some neighbors. The Daily Leader reports Brookhaven’s March sales tax report came in at $415,468.14. In March 2011, it was $400,912.36. Mayor Les Bumgarner says that’s the highest March report on record. Despite ...

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MDOT looking to cut costs by trimming 2,300-vehicle fleet

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working to reduce its fleet of vehicles by 10 percent over the next five years, according to transportation commissioner Mike Tagert. Tagert, who represents the northern district, says MDOT has a fleet of 2,300 vehicles. He says any reduction would not affect 300 emergency vehicles. The Daily Times Leader reports Tagert said ...

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Negotiators close to agreeing on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Negotiators at the Mississippi Capitol say they’re close to agreeing on a $5.6 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1. House and Senate leaders were trying to work out some final details at midday today, and they were hoping to file final budget proposals by this evening. That would be a full day ahead of ...

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Board rejects all bids for construction of new school

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has rejected all bids for the construction of the new high school. The high school’s construction is the centerpiece of the district’s building program. Schools Superintendent Brian Harvey tells the Oxford Eagle the board has no authority to negotiate with any contractor and can only accept the project as bid. “This left us outside ...

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Cochran questions Vilsack on progress of imported catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the importance to U.S. food safety and the economy of implementing a program to more thoroughly inspect imported catfish. Cochran addressed the issue at Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cochran asked Vilsack about the ...

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Gov. Bryant revises his proposed state budget

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is revising his state budget for the year that begins July 1. In his new plan, released yesterday, the Republican no longer asks local school districts to dig into their own financial reserves to offset state funding cuts. Instead, he proposes giving elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities the same amount of money ...

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State Senate passes first version of budget bills

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate yesterday passed its first version of budget bills. Lawmakers still face several weeks of work as they decide how much money state programs will receive during the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The House passed its own first draft of budget bills last week. Each chamber proposes spending about $5.6 billion in state ...

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Coast city officials wrestle with $600K budget deficit

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs is looking at possible fee increase or reductions in spending to address a projected $600,000 deficit in next year’s budget. The Mississippi Press reports City Clerk Shelly Ferguson outlined alternatives for the board of aldermen this week. The board asked Ferguson to come back in April with firm recommendations for it to ...

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Legislature passes first versions of budget bills

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are starting to pass the first versions of budget bills for the year that begins July 1, but much of what they’re approving now is likely to change during the next several weeks. The House and Senate face a late-April deadline to allocate money for everything from schools to prisons. Top lawmakers say the state will ...

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