Mississippi drops four spots in economic ranking

  COMPETITIVE: Mississippi was ranked 14 in economic competitiveness by the Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic State Competitiveness Index. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi tumbled in a report ranking the individual states and their economic outlooks released Tuesday. The Magnolia State fell four spots from 10 to 14 in the Rich States, Poor […]

OMG! Mississippi fails to pass texting while driving ban

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog For once, the Mississippi Legislature probably should’ve hit the gas rather than apply the brakes. UNSAFE OMG: Government statistics prove the dangers of texting while driving. But Mississippi failed this legislative session to get a statewide ban passed. The Legislature killed a bill before the session ended last week that […]

Mississippi’s special needs bill to return next year

Part 89 of 126 in the series Educating America By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org In Mississippi, 23 percent of special needs students graduate high school. Appalled by the numbers, state Rep. Carolyn Crawford, R-Pass Christian, introduced a bill to enact Individualized Education Funds, allowing parents to enroll children in a private school, hire tutors […]

Craft brewers await FDA decision on regulations

GREAT VIEW: Abita Brewery in Louisiana and other craft breweries are hoping to win a battle this summer with the Food and Drug Administration over the disposal of spent grains.   By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Craft brewers in Mississippi and Louisiana might have averted a serious blow to their business. The Food and […]

Hey Mississippi, you’re tax free — sort of

FREEDOM: William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) would get plenty of freedom from the tax collector in Mississippi. The Tax Foundation says tax freedom day arrived for Mississippi on April 2. Only Louisiana’s was sooner, on March 30. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippians, relax. You’re working for yourselves now — and have been for […]

Jackson mayoral candidate: Cannabis dissolves radiation

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Jackson’s mayoral race has 13 candidates, but none with a platform as unique as Gwendolyn Chapman’s. ALL ABOUT CANNABIS: Jackson, Miss. mayoral candidate Gwendolyn Chapman has a unique platform. PHOTO BY: WAPT, Jackson Chapman was featured on Jackson TV station WAPT’s segment “In Their Own Words,” a video series […]

Kemper Project costs rise another $177 million

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog The cost of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project plant continues to rise. Additional construction and startup costs will likely cost $177 million, according to the an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Southern Co., Mississippi Power’s parent company, disclosed the filing Wednesday. UP, UP AND AWAY: Costs continue to rise on […]

Green energy company KiOR stays afloat

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog For KiOR, it’s a financial buzzer-beater. A firm owned by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla gave the struggling green energy company KiOR a $25-million loan to stay afloat until August. It is set to receive the first $5-million installment Thursday. The company released an 8-K ruling with the Securities and Exchange Commission […]