Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

By TED CARTER As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. Alas, he has an income source to cover the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of […]

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Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

Jim Hood JACKSON — With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi’s attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, some state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position. They say Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has the power to examine Google’s behavior, and should be allowed to collect evidence…

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

Chris Epps’ state retirement pension will continue during his federal prison term. By TED CARTER As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. Alas, he has an income source to cover the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement…

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ASA postmortem: industrial recruiting is a constant cycle of death and life

By JACK WEATHERLY  Raising $1.2 billion for an industrial project can be a daunting task, if not a deal killer. For economic developers in Mississippi, American Specialty Alloys’ protracted and secretive efforts in that regard became an issue that ultimately sent the project south to Pineville, La. American Specialty started out last year with a…

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Meet the MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year — Rosemary Smith, a business hotshot

2015 MBJ Businesswoman of the Year Becky Smith with 2014 MBJ Businesswoman of the year Pat Thomasson By TED CARTER The oil field is a rugged proving ground for any individual. But a young Rosemary Smith just out of the Army found it a high-stakes terrain she relished traveling. And, boy, did she travel it. Night,…

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Mississippi appeals blocked abortion law to US Supreme Court

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court. In papers filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant…

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More money needed to get Biloxi baseball stadium open on time

Proposed Biloxi minor league baseball stadium (Courtesy of Dale Partners) BILOXI — The city of Biloxi will either have to pay a $10,000 fine for every home game that can’t be played in the new Shuckers’ stadium, or chip in $1 million to get it ready for opening day on April 21. City attorney Gina…

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Belhaven looks forward to University Village opening

JACKSON — Construction of a $7 million residence hall that began in September at Belhaven University is nearing completion, and students are looking foward to its availability in August. The three-story, U-shaped building will house 132 students, both men and women, in apartment-style units. Each unit will include four bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen…

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Analysis: MAS targets unfunded mandates on counties

JACKSON — The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is rallying the rank and file to oppose several bills making their way through the 2015 Legislature. Among them are bills to boost the salaries of court reporters, constables and sheriffs. The association considers them unfunded mandates. All appear to have overwhelming support in the Legislature. The association…

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Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

Photo courtesy of Mississippi Agriculture/Journal Communications, MSagriculture.comEvery year brings new challenges for Mississippi farmers. By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market…

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