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Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in his State of the State speech that citizens expect "bold action."

The Republican says he wants lawmakers to approve a broad package of education proposals, including more emphasis on reading in early elementary grades and setting higher academic standards for college students who want to become teachers. Bryant is also seeking approval for charter schools, which would be free from some regulations faced by most other public schools.

Bryant says job creation must continue to be a priority. During the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, he's announcing that Ashley Furniture will open a mattress manufacturing and customer service center in the north Mississippi town of Verona, creating 60 jobs.

Bryant also announced the formation of a group that will promote medical jobs.

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