Ridgeland property rights tussle is expected to have wide impact

Four lawsuits challenging Ridgeland’s new multi-family zoning law are expected to have far-reaching implications for property rights and growth management in Mississippi. All of the suits – three federal and one state — allege unconstitutional infringements on property rights. Violations of the federal Fair Housing Act are alleged in one of the complaints while others […]

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MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have…

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PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?

Phil Hardwick   “Where are you going?” yelled the fisherman still in the boat. “We have to save these children?” “I’m going upstream, and find out who’s throwing these babies in the water,” he replied. Perhaps it is time to talk about something that we in Mississippi do not want to discuss publicly, but which…

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Corso family business built on hard work

Liz Corso Joachim, president of Frank P. Corso Inc. in Biloxi, has seen her family business branch out from her father’s small peddling operaton to a large vending machine operation. “We are the largest coastal vending supplier and the largest coastal wholesale company,” she said. “We were fortunate when daddy started this, and I have…

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D’Iberville man sentenced for oil spill fraud conspiracy

GULFPORT — A 34-year-old D’Iberville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden this week also ordered Jason Richard Woodcock to pay $105,383 in restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and $17,092 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.…

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Mississippi has 3 statewide systems of care in place

JACKSON — State health officials say Mississippi is now the first in the nation to have a third statewide system of care in place to help save the lives of trauma and stroke victims. Jim Craig, director of health protection for the state Department of Health, says in a news release that hospitals can add…

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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

A Mississippi Braves game attracts fans of all ages to Trustmark Park in Pearl. Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about…

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AWAITING ITS FATE: Gables complex may have to shrink to meet law

The Gables in Ridgeland Having lost in a bid for a reprieve from Ridgeland city officials, The Gables apartment complex has started the new year with the prospect of having to demolish a number of units in order to meet new building density limits. A zoning law adopted last February designates apartment complexes with over…

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ALAN TURNER: Tulane’s Sherry Chance has a passion for education

Sherry Chance SEE MBJ-TV INTERVIEW BELOW Sherry Chance was born in Florida and spent several years in Alaska, which is probably about the biggest contrast one can imagine.  It wasn’t until she arrived in Mississippi, though, that she finally felt she had “come home,” and she’s lived in the Magnolia State for the past 24…

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Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide…

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