WJTV – State lottery board select president, lottery expected November 1st

Wicker leads effort to maintain Jones Act


WDAM – MDE updating teacher pay raise total

MDE updating teacher pay raise totalThe Mississippi Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is working with school districts in the state to verify the number of MAEP-funded teachers and teacher assistants to update the cost of the teacher pay raise.

Once completed, MDE expects to provide the information to lawmakers and work to obtain more money for the pay increase.

“Let me be clear, all teachers and teacher assistants will receive their well-deserved pay raise,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “State-funded teachers will receive their raise with state funds. Federally funded teachers will receive their raise with their district’s federal funds.”

MHP graduates 44


WTOK – Tate Reeves tours Delta flooded areas and speaks to Holly Bluff Farmers

Congressman Thompson doesn’t want more funds for border control


SUNHERALD – Millions in BP money is headed to South Mississippi. Who’s in charge of it?

Gulf Fund Restoration Advisory Fund Board meets for the first time on the Gulf Coast to talk about receiving and scoring applications for BP funds South Mississippi will receive annually. From left are Moses Feagin, Greg Cronin, Jim Simpson, Jerry Levens, president Ashley Edwards, Mark Cumbest and Becky Montgomery Jenner. Mississippi Development Authority Execuitive Director Jamie Miller is on the end. MDA is overseeing the process.A citizens advisory board prepared Wednesday to dig through South Mississippi applications for $57 million in BP economic damage funds the state will receive each year through 2033 because of the 2010 oil spill catastrophe.

Members of the Gulf Coast Restoration Advisory Board questioned how much authority they will really have in selecting projects to fund. Applications will be accepted from the public, nonprofit and private sectors. The Legislature pick projects to be funded based on two layers of advice: what GCRAB recommends to the Mississippi Development Authority, followed by MDA’s recommendations to the Legislature.

MDA Deputy Director Jamie Miller agreed the board will receive applications at the same time they flow into MDA from a web portal. Miller also outlined a tentative time frame for the process:

    • Begin accepting applications June 1.
    • Application review begins Aug. 1.
    • MDA completes scoring applications by Aug. 31.
    • MDA, with input from the committee, finalizes its list of recommended projects by mid-November.
    • MDA submits the list to the Legislature on Dec. 1.

Wicker, Coons reintroduce Maritime SAFE Act


Ingalls awarded $931 million contract


WLOX – Mississippi utility company faces federal investigation over failed power plant

Mississippi utility company faces federal investigation over failed power plant The Southern Co. says it was informed Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice has started a civil investigation into the plant that subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. was building.

Southern said Wednesday that it’s negotiating with the U.S. Department of Energy to resolve and dispose of property at its $7.5 billion Kemper County plant. The Department of Energy gave $387 million to build a first-of-its kind plant turning soft coal into a gas and burning it to generate power, while removing carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Mississippi Power lost $6.4 billion when it decided to operate only part of the plant burning natural gas conventionally.