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MDA allows for lower job requirements in state contract with solar panel company


Stion Corp. has renegotiated its contract with state in which its commitment of jobs creation has been cut in half and its time limit was lengthened by five years. Its memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Development Authority, city of Hattiesburg and Forrest County, which was amended in November, was obtained by the Mississippi Business … Continue reading MDA allows for lower job requirements in state contract with solar panel company

Tougher accountability model expected to show lower rankings for school districts across the state. 


Earning a top state rating is about to get significantly harder for schools in the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Department of Education is preparing to release the first school rankings under the newest version of the state’s accountability model within the next few weeks and school districts across the state are expected to see lower … Continue reading Tougher accountability model expected to show lower rankings for school districts across the state. 

Gov. Bryant appeals ruling on Religious Liberty law. 


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday filed a notice that he will be appealing the federal judge’s ruling that stopped implementation and enforcement of the state’s recently passed religious exemption law. Bryant also filed papers Thursday asking the judge, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves, to put the preliminary injunction on hold during his appeal … Continue reading Gov. Bryant appeals ruling on Religious Liberty law. 

State Sen. Chris Massey arrested on assault charges. 


UPDATE: WREG has updated their original report: "Preliminary information suggested a local gardener was working in a subdivision when he was trying to get to a lawn to mow the lawn. "According to the man Senator Massey's truck was blocking the roadway, but he refused to move it. "Words were exchanged and that's when Massey … Continue reading State Sen. Chris Massey arrested on assault charges. 

Consolidation Commission meets to discuss dissolution of 3 school districts in Chickasaw County. 


   A nine-member commission brought together to determine how the Legislature should create a united Chickasaw Consolidated School District met Wednesday with state leaders and cleared “a big hurdle” in the overall process, according to state leaders. Members of the commission met Tuesday in Houlka with leaders from the state to offer input on how … Continue reading Consolidation Commission meets to discuss dissolution of 3 school districts in Chickasaw County. 

MS GOP: Governor Bryant and State of Mississippi Receive Prestigious Education Innovation Award


Governor Phil Bryant and the state of Mississippi have received the Frank Newman Award for Education Innovation. The state of Mississippi and its leader, Governor Bryant, were nominated to be the recipient of the award by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) for the tremendous steps taken in educational improvements for the students of … Continue reading MS GOP: Governor Bryant and State of Mississippi Receive Prestigious Education Innovation Award

AG Hood attempts to plant seeds of doubt over state officials plans for $150 million in BP money due on Friday. 


Mississippi will get first $150 million from BP economic damages Friday, Attorney General Jim Hood said. Hood also said he fears Mississippi lawmakers may try to balance the state budget with money from BP, something the Coast delegation, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves all have said they oppose. “After years of litigation … Continue reading AG Hood attempts to plant seeds of doubt over state officials plans for $150 million in BP money due on Friday. 

Feds pop BancorpSouth to the tune of $10.6 million for redlining in Memphis.


The Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Mississippi-based BancorpSouth $10.6 million, alleging the bank deliberately discriminated against minorities in its lending practices. BancorpSouth, a medium-sized regional bank with $10.6 billion in assets, deliberately avoided building branches in minority neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee from at least 2011 to 2013. The bank also … Continue reading Feds pop BancorpSouth to the tune of $10.6 million for redlining in Memphis.