Hood hits back at Reeves over things he won’t do

WJTV – Robert Foster launches political ads

Taggart raises $300,000 for AG run

 

WLOX – USM joins new $94 million ocean exploration institute

USM joins new $94 million ocean exploration instituteThe University of Southern Mississippi is joining forces with four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions.

The school announced Monday that its School of Ocean Science and Engineering will join Ocean Science and Engineering, Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island to form to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI).

This program will work with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) to survey an estimated 3 billion acres of submerged U.S. territory.



“The partnership with these four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions speaks volumes about The University of Southern Mississippi’s reputation in ocean science and engineering,” said Dr. Gordon Cannon, Vice President for Research at USM. “We’ve worked hard to build this reputation and are grateful to have received strong support from the State of Mississippi, the Gulf Coast and our own University leadership.”

Wicker leads fight for online privacy

 

WTOK – MBCI Chief Phyllis Anderson named Tribal Leader of the Year

DESOTO TIMES – MDOT warns of campaign sign placement

I votedJason Scott with MDOT in Jackson reminds candidates and their supporters that signage is not allowed inside the right-of-way of state highways. In fact, it is illegal to do so.

Scott said there are several reasons behind the prohibition.

“Having signs placed right there in the right-of-way can cause line-of-sight issues and can impair the vision of the traveling public,” Scott said. “Larger signs can be a hazard on the road if vehicles veer off and run into them. Even the smaller signs, if they’re put in a place with tall grass and our crews come by and mow, they can become projectiles and be thrown into the travel lane.”

WLBT – New $30 million Trade Mart on schedule to open next spring

Masonry work is underway on the new Trade Mart at the Fairgrounds. Fountain Construction Company of Jackson was awarded the contract. Source: WLBTConstruction has been underway for just over a year on the new nearly $30 million dollar Trade Mart at the State Fairgrounds. The Coliseum is also getting upgrades.

1962 meets 2020 is the way the Mississippi State Fair Commission Executive Director describes the transformation.



“It’s just an exciting time for the fairgrounds,” said MS Fair Commission Executive Director Steven Hutton. It is quite the undertaking for the agency head who started the job in June of 2018.

Bryant attends State of Our Coast event

 

WTOK – Voter fraud charges dismissed against man wrongly accused

Prosecutors are dismissing two voter fraud charges against a Mississippi man, agreeing with his defense attorney that he should not have been indicted.

The Clarion Ledger reports Madison County Circuit Judge John Emfinger signed an order Friday dropping the charges against 44-year-old Sherman Matlock.

Matlock was accused of voting in Canton’s city election in 2017 when he allegedly knew he was not a qualified voter. Prosecutors originally said Matlock’s 1993 manslaughter conviction stripped away his voting rights.

WDAM – Columbia 3% tax referendum passes with 76% of vote

Columbia 3% tax referendum passes with 76% of voteResidents in the city of Columbia headed to the polls on Monday to vote to raise the sales tax for restaurants and hotels by three percent.

The results are as followed:

• 531 voted in favor (76 percent)

• 168 voted against (24 percent)

The revenue from the tax increase is expected to bring an additional $750,000 for recreation and infrastructure projects. It would expire in 2023 but can be renewed.