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Mississippi receiving federal grant for preschool programs

Mississippi is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday. Bryant said the grant will expand a system developed by his State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The governor said the money will help “maximize parental choice and engagement” with a goal of ensuring children have a smooth ...

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Bryant taps jobs agency leader for Workers Comp Commission

The director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security is being nominated for the state Workers Compensation Commission. Mark Henry of Brandon was chosen for the three-person commissionWednesday by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. If confirmed by the state Senate, Henry would succeed commissioner Thomas Webb, whose six-year term expired Monday. Bryant spokesman Knox Graham says Henry will remain at Employment ...

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40 years and still printing — MBJ still the leading source of business news in Magnolia State

In August 1979, a new business-focused, statewide newspaper hit the newsstand for the first time. Dubbed the Mississippi Business Journal, that first issue dealt with transportation issues, oil and gas exploration and the upcoming gubernatorial election as well as offering people in the news, business briefs, editorials and more. The frequency of the publication would evolve from monthly to weekly, ...

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Hadley: Austin has nothing on Jackson and Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY Elizabeth Ross Hadley left her heart in Mississippi. A lawyer/lobbyist with prestigious Texas firm Greenberg Traurig, Hadley and her husband Bryan made the decision ten years ago to move to Austin for better and bigger opportunities than her home state could offer. But the Jackson native comes home several times a year to visit family, attend Ole ...

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Sports betting will be no home run for state budgets

The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s ruling last spring and ...

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Analysis: Defense spending is a Mississippi tradition

As the current Congress sputters to an end, there’s one accomplishment that Mississippi’s Republican members are looking back on with pride — higher defense spending. It was a theme in the re-election campaigns of several members, and resurfaced with December’s announcement of two more Coast Guard cutters to built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula at an eventual cost of $1.7 ...

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Miss. gov. declares state of emergency for Dec. 27 storms

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a state of emergency declaration for eight counties hard hit by storms that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in the state last week. Bryant announced the proclamation Tuesday night on Twitter. The emergency was declared for Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Jasper, Jones, Lauderdale, Perry and Wayne counties. Bryant said the declaration ...

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Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans

Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller. This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. A plunge in tourism after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ...

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Outgoing Arkansas mayor backs casino plan on last day

The outgoing mayor of Russellville chose his last day in office to express support for a Mississippi company’s proposal to build a $254 million, 600-room hotel and casino in Pope County. Russellville Mayor Randy Horton, who was defeated by newcomer Richard Harris in a December runoff, submitted a letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission on Monday expressing support for the ...

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