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IRS, Mississippi Treasury have big dollars awaiting claims by owners

Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011. In Mississippi, the state Treasury Department has ...

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Judge affirms Kemper decision

By Amy McCullough kemper-decision (Click this link to read full text.) Harrison County Chancery Judge Jim Persons has affirmed the decision of the Mississippi Public Service Commission to allow the construction of Mississippi Power Company’s $2.4 billion clean coal plant in Kemper County. The decision states: “Under the laws of this State, this Court must give great deference to the ...

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Barbour's silence could be deafening

By Wally Northway Seems folks around the nation and world are listening to everything Gov. Haley Barbour says these days as they wait to hear whether or not he will run for President. However, it may be what Barbour is not saying that is of equal import to Mississippians. So far, Barbour has not even hinted as to what candidate ...

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Supervisors bring redistricting lawsuit

MADISON COUNTY — The Madison County Board of Supervisors has sued to extend the qualifying deadline for county elections while the board redraws voting districts based on new census numbers. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, said the supervisors cannot redraw the districts and get federal government approval before Tuesday’s qualifying deadline for candidates for county offices. ...

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MarineMax, Marinas International strike deal

CLEARWATER, Fla. — MarineMax Inc., the recreational boat and yacht retailer, has formed a strategic business alliance with Marinas International, one of the largest marina operators in the United States with 27 locations across the country. This business alliance will allow MarineMax access to Marinas International’s marinas and the opportunity to establish sales brokerage offices while supplying Marinas International with ...

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SBA introduces new STEP pilot program

WASHINGTON — Beginning March 1, states can apply for grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) pilot grant initiative is authorized to provide up to $90 million in grants to states over the next three years. The STEP pilot grant initiative is aimed at ...

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USM makes magazine's 'Most Popular Universities'

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi now finds itself in the company of Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Columbia as most popular schools in the United States as presented by U.S. News and World Report. The list of “Most Popular Universities” is one of a series of education lists compiled annually by the publication. The rankings, which were released Feb. ...

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What R ppl saying re: your business on 'the Twitter'?

By Amy McCullough For this week’s MBJ, I wrote “Get on the social media train or get left behind,” which addresses the importance of social media marketing for businesses. If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter and want to know what people might be “tweeting” about your business, check out this YouTube video, “Twitter Search in Plain English.” Twitter is an absolutely ...

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Evans real estate fraud trial delayed till tomorrow

By Amy McCullough Oral arguments in the long-awaited civil trial of the Evans brothers commercial real estate fraud case have been put off until tomorrow morning (Tuesday, March 1), due to the fact that Mississippi Valley Title’s attorney, Bill Brabec, is sick. In January, the brothers pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and bank fraud ...

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USDA looks to settle more discrimination claims

WASHINGTON — As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West have announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated ...

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