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White House rejects Chaney's health exchange plan

JACKSON — The Obama administration has rejected Mississippi’s proposal to create a state-run health insurance exchange, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, dealing a blow to his bid to craft an exchange despite the opposition of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Chaney, during a news conference, said he was “sorely disappointed” that the application had been denied. “The effect on ...

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County opposes levee construction plan in Louisiana

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mississippi officials are asking the federal government to thoroughly study the potential effects of any proposed new levee construction in southeast Louisiana. Officials in Hancock County said they oppose a suggested 24-foot barrier levee that will close or partially close Lake Pontchartrain and protect St. Tammany Parish. “This is way bigger than us,” said Supervisor Steve Seymour. ...

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Judge rejects Delta school district's desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has rejected a desegregation plan submitted by the Cleveland School District that relied on creation of magnet programs to attract whites to schools that are predominately black. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s ruling came this past week. In Cleveland, two middle schools and two high schools have co-existed for decades. ...

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Judge gives Justice more time to review school plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge says he will rule after the first of the year on proposals to desegregate two schools in the Cleveland School District. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glenn H. Davidson told attorneys after a hearing in Oxford that he wanted to give the Department of Justice time to review and respond to information provided ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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Board still mulling new vo-tech school after JBHM presentation

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School Board continues to explore adding a vocational-technical school to the district. The next steps will involve gauging student interest and district needs, evaluating site possibilities and identifying potential funding sources. The Commercial Dispatch reports school board members and a couple of Lowndes County supervisors responded positively to a recent presentation by Joey Henderson of ...

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Southern Bancorp branch earns LEED certification

HERNANDO — Shortly after the opening of the Southern Bancorp Hernando Branch in summer 2011, Southern applied for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has now awarded the Hernando Branch its LEED Certification – the first LEED Certified bank building in the State of Mississippi, according to Southern. The Hernando Branch ...

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Justice Department objects to school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has objected to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The Bolivar Commercial reports the Justice Department filed the objection this past month with the U.S. District Court. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith ...

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