Archives for December 2011

Holiday gas prices

In case you’re one of the many Mississippians hitting the road this holiday weekend, here’s an update on gas prices. According to Triple-A’s Daily Fuel Gauge report the average statewide price for a gallon of regular continues to fall. As of today, it’s three-oh-seven a gallon. That’s down by three cents from last week and 11 cents from a month ago. A check of Gas-Buddy-dot-com finds the price of gas in Grenada ranges from three-oh-four to three-20 a gallon.

Donna’s digs

The president of Mississippi Valley State University was hired three years ago and, because the official president’s residence on the Itta Bena campus is in disrepair, she is still living in temporary quarters. So far, the school has put up more than 85-thousand dollas in rent for Donna Oliver’s loft apartrment at the Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood.

Mississippi unemployment still high

Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped only slightly in November, going from 10-point-six percent in October to 10-point-five percent. That ties Mississippi for the third-highest jobless rate among all 50 states. It’s almost two full percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate, which is eight-point-six percent.

Barbour’s plans

Governor Haley Barbour said earlier this week that he’ll be on the paid lecture circuit after he leaves office on January 10th. But the Associated Press is reporting that Barbour will also return to BGR, formerly known as Barbour Griffith and Rogers, the Washington, DC, lobbying firm he founded in 1991.

Facebook lawsuit on hold

A Lafayette County woman’s lawsuit against Facebook has been put on hold. A federal judge granted Facebook’s request for a stay while a judicial panel decides whether to consolidate Brooke Rutledge’s suit with 11 other identical suits against the social networking site. Rutledge claims that Facebook violates wiretap laws by recording users’ Internet browsing history without permission.

Lost laptop

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is reporting the October theft of a laptop computer containing the personal health information of almost 15-hundred people. The database from two research studies does not include names or Social Security numbers but it does contain medical record numbers, age, sex, race, zip bode and lab results.

Ole Miss coach leaving

Ole Miss made him an offer to stay but associate head football coach Gunter Brewer is leaving the Rebels to take a coaching position elsewhere, reportedly at North Carolina. Brewer is the son of former Rebel player and head coach Billy Brewer.

Final Barbour budget

Governor Haley Barbour released his final budget Tuesday. The five and a half billion dollar spending plan is being presented to incoming Governor Phil Bryant and the legislature who can accept or ignore Barbour’s ideas as they see fit. Those ideas include reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities.

Winn Dixie bought

Your local Winn-Dixie is getting a new owner, but the name will stay the same. It was announced Monday that another southern supermarket chain, Bi-Lo, is buying Winn-Dixie for 560-million dollars. The combined company will have about 690 stores and 63-thousand employees in eight states, including Mississippi.

Barbour budget today

Governor Haley Barbour will be out of office by the time the next state budget is debated but he still gets to say what direction he thinks the Legislature should take. Barbour will release his executive budget recommendation for fiscal 2013 today.