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Enterprise Corp. of Delta adopts ‘HOPE’ as new name

JACKSON — Enterprise Corporation of the Delta has changed its name to Hope Enterprise Corporation to better reflect the business and community development organization’s geographic expansion into distressed areas beyond the Delta. The change also reflects the organization’s sponsorship of Hope Credit Union, one of the country’s largest community development credit unions. Collectively, the organizations will be branded as HOPE. ...

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Cities asking for no unfunded mandates from Legislature

JACKSON — The Mississippi Municipal League (MML) will announce its 2011 Legislative Agenda tomorrow at the State Capitol. Along with other items on their agenda, a major emphasis on the MML agenda will be asking the Legislature to abstain from passing legislation that puts an unfunded mandate on county and city governments. “We recognize that our state government is facing ...

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McField's sentencing for bank fraud postponed

JACKSON — A federal sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Mississippi man convicted of taking a $1.6-million bank loan to buy a Florida condo and instead spending the money on other things, including a Bentley car. Seneca O. McField was convicted of bank fraud and money laundering in U.S. District Court on Nov. 4. His sentencing was set for ...

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Whistleblower case involving State Farm to be heard

GULFPORT — U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. has declined to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit filed against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. State Farm had sought dismissal of the 2006 lawsuit filed by Cori and Kerri Rigsby, who alleged State Farm and its engineering firms defrauded policyholders after Hurricane Katrina. It claimed the Rigsbys and their former attorney, Dickie ...

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Hood: Judge should rule in oil spill claims process

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a Louisiana federal judge should correct deficiencies in the claims process related to the $20-billion victims compensation fund run by Ken Feinberg. Hood wrote Monday in a court filing in New Orleans that his state has an interest in how the judge rules on a plaintiffs lawyers’ request for the court to ...

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City suing railroad over property cleanup

LAUREL — The buildings at 110 Maple Street in Laurel are in such bad shape that the city wants Norfolk Southern Railway Company to pay for cleaning the property up. The railroad says there’s one big problem — it doesn’t own the buildings. Norfolk Southern Railway has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, seeking clarification of who owns the ...

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Oil spill cleanup crews still finding tarballs

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi is still seeing some lingering, visible effects from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Jan. 24. “We have isolated and sporadic tar balls still coming on the Mississippi shoreline,” Trudy Fisher told members of the House Conservation and Water Resources ...

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Senate committee to weigh Graves' nomination

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote tomorrow on the nomination of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. to a federal appeals court. President Barack Obama resubmitted a batch of judicial nominations that didn’t clear the Senate last year to the committee, including Graves. Graves nomination is among several the committee is scheduled to ...

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Moak: No new taxes for state's casinos

JACKSON — The chairman of the Mississippi House Gaming Committee said Monday he expects no serious effort by lawmakers to increase casino taxes in Mississippi this year. Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, said if casino companies are deciding where to develop new projects, a change in tax rates could make Mississippi less competitive. Casinos pay 8 percent to the state ...

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