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Survey finds further decline in home prices statewide

Metro Jackson housing prices declined more steeply in December than in November, reports CoreLogic HPI, a Santa Ana, Calif., research and analytics firm. Statewide, single-family home prices fell in December 3.36% compared to the same month in 2009, the researchers reported. Jackson, home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 2.98 percent in December compared to December 2009 and declined by ...

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Brown's ouster: Politics as usual (unfortunately)

By Wally Northway It’s déjà vu all over again. And it’s not good déjà vu, either. The recent unceremonious ouster of Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director Butch Brown by the Mississippi Transportation Commission seems to have finally ended the long-running blood feud between Brown and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, though the hatred runs so deep one has ...

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Survey: State near top in U.S. in non-current loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The December Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services Inc. shows a continued increase in the inventory of foreclosed mortgages as more loans advance through the default process. And Mississippi ranks near the top in most non-current loans. The number of newly delinquent loans declined during 2010, helping push overall delinquent inventories down 18 percent for ...

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Viking Range adds new product to lineup

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corporation continues to expand its line of professional-quality culinary products with the introduction of the Viking Professional Coffee Maker. The coffee maker features an exclusive Sure-Temp brewing system to ensure the proper brewing temperature and a 12-cup thermal stainless steel carafe. The programmable display with clock has many functions, including timed brewing and a special Cup ...

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Lawmakers debating Medicaid enrollment procedures

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are arguing over Medicaid enrollment procedures. For the past seven years, Medicaid recipients have been required to go to state offices once a year to renew their enrollment in the government health plan for the poor. Before then, recipients could re-enroll by mail. That’s the procedure most states use. The Democratic-controlled House voted 65-49 Feb. 8 ...

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Scruggs' bid to have sentence overturned set for April

OXFORD — A federal judge will hear arguments April 25 on a motion by Zach Scruggs, who is seeking to have his conviction in a Mississippi judicial bribery case overturned. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Feb. 8 set the date for the hearing in Oxford. Scruggs was originally indicted for conspiracy, honest services fraud, federal programs bribery and the crime ...

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Orbital engine successfully tested at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA has test fired an engine that will be used for low orbital commercial cargo deliveries. The test was performed yesterday at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. NASA has partnered with Orbital Sciences Corporation for eight cargo missions to the International Space Station. The first planned launch is scheduled for early 2012 from the Wallops ...

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MSU wants to offer nursing program in Meridian

MERIDIAN — Mississippi State University has asked the state College Board to approve a nursing program for its Meridian campus. MSU president Mark Keenum tells WTOK-TV in Meridian that the program would offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Keenum says the nursing program will be located in the Kress Building in downtown Meridian. The building, donated to MSU by the ...

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State Senate passes bill to consolidate operations of agencies

JACKSON — After contentious debate, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill yesterday that would consolidate the business operations of all state agencies. Senate Fees, Salaries and Administration Committee chairman Terry Brown, a Republican from Columbus, says the bill could help the state save money by centralizing the agencies’ operations at the Department of Finance and Administration. The bill moves to ...

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Companies remain unpaid for oil spill cleanup work

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Several companies that were hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its contractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, said that BP contractor O’Brien’s Response Management owes him $650,000 for his company’s work cleaning up ...

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