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Study set on how ending history test to change school grades

Mississippi’s Board of Education voted Thursday for more study on how scrapping a required U.S. history test would affect school ratings. The board directed an internal task force to study whether it’s possible to stop the test without changing scores used to assign A to F grades to schools and districts. Changing scores is unpopular because the board might assign ...

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Trade hopes push US stock indexes toward more record highs

Stocks rose broadly in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, pushing major indexes toward another set of records, after China said it agreed with the U.S. on a gradual pullback on tariffs if talks progress. The S&P 500 is heading for its second record-setting day this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq are on pace for their ...

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TAG Truck Center investing $10M, adding jobs in new facility

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – In Tupelo since 1987, the TAG Truck Center is moving into newer digs by March on McCullough Boulevard. It’s a nearly $10 million investment. TAG Truck Center provides parts and services for all makes of new and used trucks, and offers A/C service, DOT inspections, express lane service, motorhome service, oil and ...

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FBI: 3 men charged in $1M Mississippi methamphetamine bust

The FBI says federal and local authorities have discovered 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $1 million during an operation in Mississippi. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that 49-year-old Aaron Whavers, 64-year-old Gerald Jones and 43-year-old Sharard Collier were each charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The suspects could face life in prison and ...

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Mississippi mayor abruptly resigns after 40 years in office

The mayor of Taylor, Mississippi, has abruptly resigned after more than four decades in office. The Oxford Eagle reports James E. Hamilton sent his resignation to the Taylor Board of Aldermen this week. He also stepped down as the town’s planning administrator. No details or reasoning were provided to the public, and the newspaper says its attempts to contact Hamilton were unsuccessful. ...

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Sheriff: Thief escaped after asking victim to jump his car

Authorities in Mississippi say a man robbed a tool shed and then had the unwitting shed owner jump his car so he could flee the scene. The Picayune Item reported Saturday that 47-year-old Bradley Duwaine Spiers was arrested on charges including commercial burglary. Pearl River County sheriff’s investigator Marc Ogden says the shed owner noticed some of his tools missing last month ...

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‘Veggie’ burgers remain legal as new regulations take effect

New regulations went into effect today that will allow vegan and vegetarian companies to continue using meat product terms on their labels. In July, vegan food company Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) filed a First Amendment lawsuit challenging a Mississippi law that would have banned plant-based food companies from using meat product terms like “burger,” “bacon,” ...

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Mississippi school district falls victim to cyber attack

A Mississippi public school district says it has been the victim of a cyber attack. Lincoln County Schools superintendent Mickey Myers told The Daily Leader on Monday that district computers had been hacked with a ransomware virus. The newspaper reports that officials said the district was experiencing a network outage affecting phone systems and internet communication at its schools. Myers said “numerous ...

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Gulfport and Starkville awarded federal money for roads

Two Mississippi cities are receiving federal grants for road construction. Both of the state’s U.S. senators and two of its representatives announced Wednesday that Gulfport will receive nearly $20.5 million and Starkville will receive nearly $12.7 million. The money for Gulfport is to add nearly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of road to connect Daniel Boulevard to existing commercial centers along ...

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Sheriff: Murder suspect wrongly freed, caught 1 state over

Authorities in Mississippi say a man charged with murder was mistakenly free for days due to a clerical error. The Commercial Dispatch reports 26-year-old Malcolm Hill was found Foley, Alabama, five days after being released from a detention center in Columbus. A Lowndes County sheriff’s statement issued Monday says Hill was back at the center Saturday, and the employee responsible for the ...

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