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She is seeking elec- tion to replace longtime Congress- man Greg Harper, who recently an- nounced that he was not seeking re-election. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press (Printed with permission by the AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Newspaper publish- ers across theU.S. al- ready strappedby years of declining revenue say they're dealing with an ex- istential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Cana- dian newsprint driving up their business costs. The tariffs are a re- sponse to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce from a hedge fund-owned paper pro- ducer in Washington state, which argues that its Ca- nadian competitors are taking advantage of gov- ernment subsidies to sell their product at unfairly low prices. The tariffs, im- posed in January and in- creased in March, are not permanent yet. But news- paper publishers are brac- ing for another blow to an industry that has shrunk with the loss of advertis- ing revenue to the inter- net. Critics of the paper tar- iffs say the businesses that will ultimately be harmed are not Canadian paper producers, but U.S. news- papers that will have to cut staff and reduce publi- cation days to afford high- er prices of newsprint -- the sheets newspapers are printed on. The newspaper industry employs just over 150,000 Americans, which is about 276,000, or 65 percent, fewer than two decades ago. "To get an unbudgeted increase of this magnitude will be for many publish- ers very, very serious to catastrophic," said Tom Slaughter, the executive director of the Inland Press Association, which represents about 1,500 daily and non-daily news- papers in every state. A large metro news- paper can expect annual increases of about $3 mil- lion in printing costs, ac- cording to Paul Boyle, senior vice president for the News Media Alliance. While larger papers might be able to survive the in- crease, Boyle said smaller publications might not. "I've heard from small publishers who've said, 'I'm worried about shut- ting my doors,'" he said. Boyle said his organiza- tion -- formerly called the Newspaper Association of America -- is compiling a survey from its members and nearly every publish- er is exploring layoffs and scaling back news cover- age. Steve Stewart, publish- er of The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky, told readers in a March 30 col- umn that the newspaper they were reading cost 10 percent more to produce than a few weeks earlier and could cost as much as 40 percent more in a few months. He said this will result in fewer pages, higher subscription costs and less local content. The newsprint tariffs reflect President Donald Trump's tough new ap- proach to U.S. trade rela- tions. Trump is engaged in a tense standoff with Chi- na over Beijing's sharp- elbowed attempts to gain access to U.S. technology. He's trying to renegotiate the North American Free theirel Craig wn Annenberg,business m d-the CEO of NORPAC, said in a statement. The state- ment went on to say that "high-quality journalism in communities across the country should not depend on unfairly traded inputs that cause material inju- ry to a U.S. industry and American jobs." The U.S. currently has five operating mills, in- cluding NORPAC. Three are in Washington state, with one of them partly owned by a Canadian com- pany. Canada owns the remaining two in Georgia and Mississippi. Publishers say Cana- dian imports are not the Trade Agreement with reason for the decline of Mexico and Canada. And U.S.-based paper mills, but his administration has rather a 75 percent drop wrangled with Canada directly over low-priced Canadian timber imports, Canadian barriers to U.S. dairy farmers, and now cheap Canadian news- print. The International Trade Commission is expected to make a final determina- tion on the tariffs in Au- gust or September. Canadian newsprint producers began paying an average of 6.53 percent more to export their prod- ucts to the U.S. in Janu- ary, when the Commerce Department concluded that would help offset the foreign paper mills' ad- vantage over American companies. In March, the department increased the cost by another 22 percent after its preliminary in- vestigation concluded that one Canadian company, British Columbia-based Catalyst, was undersell- ing the uncoated ground- wood paper newspapers use by that much less. In response to the sec- ond increase, Catalyst said the tariff was "with- out merit" and that it "will continue to vigorously defend itself against an unwarranted and onerous U.S. trade action." The North Pacific Pa- per Company, which New York hedge fund One Rock Capital Partners bought in 2016, petitioned for the tariffs, arguing that Ca- nadian companies had an unfair advantage. NOR- PAC, which employs about 300 people, is the only U.S. paper producer making that argument. "While our company understands the concerns recently surfaced by some newspaper publishers, which also face a chal- lenging marketplace, we strongly disagree with the notion that their indus- try requires low-priced, subsidized newsprint from Canada to sustain ool sections were accepted while two others failed to receive a bid. This action took place at the Wednesday, April 11, meet- ing of the Wilkinson County Board of Education. School sections offered for lease were as follows: Section 15, T3N/RlW: Current lease holder William Jason Ryder submitted the minimum allowable amount of $27 per acre. He was the only bidder on this section. Total amount of the bid was $18,607.05 for the 689.15 acre tract of land. On motion by board member Billy Spiller and second by board member Johnny Smallwood, the bid was accepted by a 4-0 vote pending approval of the Sec- retary of State's Office. Board member Frederick Anderson was absent from the meeting and not voting. Section 30, T4N/R3W: Current lease holder Jason Izner submitted a bid at the minimum bid amount of $25.52 on the 640.0 acre tract for a total of $16,332.80. SLC, LLC submitted a bid of $38.00 per acre for a total of $24,320.00. On motion by Smallwood and second by highSpiller, the board accepted thethe stipulationbid of SCL,thatLI~,the withcur rent lease holder has the right to match the higher bid offer. Section 23, T2N/R4W, at 640.88 acres and Section 37, T2N/R3W of 611.0 acres were also offered for bids. Board Attorney Nathaniel Armistad recommended that the boar~d 4ote to re-advertise for hunting and fishfl g leases on Sections 23 and 37, and en- ter into an "auction type" ne- gotiation to see how much the beard can get per acre. On motion by Spiller and second by board member Fan- nie Bateaste, the board voted 4-0 to approve the board at- terney's recommendation to re-advertise the two unleased school sections. The school board recog- in newsprint consumption Health Insurance products such as the box- es Amazon uses for ship- ping, said Tony Smithson, vice president of printing operations at Bliss Com- munications, which owns multiple newspapers and radio stations in Wiscon- sin. The newsprint the company buys all comes from Canada. Smithson said that even if every paper mill in the U.S. operated at full ca- pacity, they still would only be able to produce about 60 percent of the newsprint consumed in the country. He said that raises another concern: A scarcity of available news- print if Canadian produc- ers decide to ship to other countries to avoid the new tariffs. "The hidden danger isn't just in the price the hidden danger is in avail- ability," he said. China, for example, doesn't accept mixed- waste paper from the U.S. or elsewhere to produce recycled newsprint, so China's publishers buy their product from Cana- da and Chinese demand is high, Boyle said. Before a final decision on tariffs is made, pub- lishers can still make their case with the Inter- national Trade Commis- sion, which has scheduled a hearing on July 17. Boyle said the ITC has the power to reject the tariffs, but Smithson isn't optimistic. "If you think about it politically, once tariffs are in place, they're es- sentially permanent," he said. "There's no political capital in making a tariff go away, because then you put a target on yourself that says, 'Hey, this politi- cian is getting rid of Amer- ican jobs.'" Commissioner of Insur- ance Mike Chancy an- nounced on Wednesday, April 11, that the United States Department of Health and Human Ser- vices (HHS) has once again granted permission to ex- tend transitional relief for health insurance policy holders living in Missis- sippi. "This action by HHS will help us continue bringing stability to the health in- surance market and keep rates affordable for small business and individuals in Mississippi. Without it, over 95,000 Mississippians could join the ranks of the unin- sured," Chancy said. In 2013, HHS allowed in- dividuals and small groups to maintain certain "Grand- mothered" insurance plans, also known as Transitional Plans. These are plans that were purchased after the enactment of the Afford- able Care Act and before October 1, 2013, that were not required to comply with certain ACA reforms. Tran- sitional relief was origi- nally set to expire at the end of 2017, and last year HHS granted an extension through 2018. This latest extension goes through De- cember 31, 2019. Commissioner Chancy expressed gratitude to Sena- tor Roger Wicker and the staff of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for their as- sistance in obtaining the extension of transitional relief. The Commissioner and the MID has worked since early 2016 to seek the extension of the tran- sitional relief policy for Mississippians. These in- dividuals would have seen an average rate increase of more than 75 percent had the policy been allowed to expire. on an FBLA trip and could ern the district's donations to not attend, charities and providevIarity Board President Linda to this aetionY Boyd stated, '~i am proud of On motion by Bateaste and these students. I want you to second by Spiller, the beard push yourselves and do your unanimously approved the~: best to move our district for- development of a new board~ wardY poli Board member Bateaste School Business Manager added, '~Keep up the good Audrey Vealgave the board a work. We are proud of you." detailed financial statement Board member Spiller com- showing a number of trans- mented, '~ is just shows you fers of money from one fund that we have a lot of smart to another. students in our school district. 'Tee have some budget Congratulations to each and items which were over-budget- every one of you who are be- ed and others which were un- ing recognized today." der-budgeted," she said. "Many With the state assessment categories needed attention." tests looming in the next On motion by Spiller and couple of weeks, the adminis- second by Smallwood, the traters took the floor to report transfers were approved. on the status of each school and what the three prelimi- nary benchmark tests show on how each school's students are performing heading into the statewide testing. Administrators from all Board member Smallwood stated that he had inspected the new school bus.m~re-~- ceived by the district "Our new bnses'~'l~ave ar- rived, and they are really nice. Especially the one for special four of the county schools -- needs children," he stated. Wilkinson County Elemen- On motion by Sp'~ and tary School, Finch Elemen- second by Bateaste, the tary School, William Winans beard voted 4-0 to approve Middle School and Wilkinson the school and central office County Elementary School calendars for the 2018-2019 -- all stated that their respec- tive schools have made a lot of progress this year and are showing improvement. For the past two years the Willdnson County School Dis- trict (WCSD) has received a failing grade of "F'. Each administrator stated that the data taken during this school year shows that their schools will improve on test scores this year and sev- eral stated that their schools will improve to a "C" or "13" ac- cording the benchmark tests taken during the current school term. WCSD's Federal Programs Director Chris Bradford re- ported that several district students attended a Teacher Conference held at Hinds Community College recently. "At this conference our students were recognized for their excellence," Bradford stated. "Several of them have been invited back to partici- pate in a discussion board lat- er this month. Our students performed better than a lot of college students." school year. An announcement was made that a school district employee has expressed their desire to rent a WCSD prop- erty. Board Attorney Armistad said, 'Wee need to talk about this before we take any action or make any decisions." On motion by Spiller and second by Bateaste, the board voted 4-0 to declare ,~ven old school buses as salvaged a~2 these are to be deleted from the school's fixed assets lists at a later date. School Superintendent Kimberly Jackson presented the beard with one letter of re- tirement and read the names of numerous recommenda- tious for hire by the WCSD. A number of the recom- mendations were tabled until further discussion in closed door session. The next regularly sched- uled beard meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 5 p.m. at the school district's main office on Main Street in Wood Ue. WCCA'S STAR STUDENT & TEACHER -- Congrat- ulations to WCCA's STAR Student Sydney Bryant, left, and her STAR teacher, Mrs. Charlsie Jensen! WCCA's STAR student and teacher traveled to Jackson to attend the annual awards ceremony and luncheon. Sydney will be attending Harding University in the fall and scored a 28 on her ACT. Each year, The Mississippi Economic Council and its M. B. Swayze Foundation sponsor the Student- Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Pro- gram to encourage scholastic achievement among the state's high school students. Eligible students must have an overall ACT composite score of at least 25 and an overall average of 93 or above in selected subjects in the ninth, tenth, eleventh and first-semester twelfth grades. -- WCCA Photo