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A census question and answer

(1) What is migration, and what is the difference between in-migration and out-migration? The 2010 census data are resulting in a plethora of local news articles about population growth and decline.  Many community leaders are cheering because their communities had a population increase. As sports commentator Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friend.” Population increase alone is misleading ...

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PSC bars utilities from donating with customer $

By Amy McCullough Today the Mississippi Public Service Commission ruled from the bench that utilities cannot use their customers’ money to donate to charities. “They can however, allow customers to donate money on a voluntary basis through a check box on their bills. No longer will they be able to raise power or gas bills to give money to Easter ...

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Mississippi Ag Day 2011

JACKSON- Farmers met their legislators at the 2011 Mississippi Ag Day at the State Capitol this week. Issues including eminent domain, new EPA regulations and rising input costs were discussed.

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Hancock names post-Whitney merger executives

GULFPORT — Hancock Holding Co., which is acquiring rival banker Whitney Holding Corp., says that longtime Whitney executive Joseph Exnicios will head its operations in Louisiana and Texas following the merger. The two companies are awaiting shareholder and regulatory approval for the $1.5-billion stock deal announced Dec. 22. Gulfport-based Hancock plans to continue using the Whitney Bank name in Louisiana ...

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Two workers die in Greenville Bridge accident

GREENVILLE — Authorities say a second worker has died of injuries suffered yesterday in an accident on the old Mississippi River Bridge between Mississippi and Arkansas. The old bridge between Greenville and Lake Village, Ark., is being dismantled after a new, bigger bridge was built about a half-mile up river. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson tells the Delta Democrat Times ...

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Lawmakers debate higher education funding bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill designed to study whether funding for the state’s 15 community colleges and eight public universities should be based on productivity. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the measure was passed 120-1 Wednesday, but held for more debate. It earlier passed the Senate so if the bill is released in the ...

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Ex-Howard official gets house arrest for hiring illegals

LAUREL — The former human resources manager of a Mississippi company was sentenced today to six months house arrest for hiring hundreds of illegal immigrants who were rounded up in the largest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history. Jose Humberto Gonzalez pleaded guilty in Dec. 2009 to conspiracy and admitted hiring people he knew were in the country illegally to ...

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Evans Trial: Clear & convincing evidence of fraud?

By Amy McCullough MVT attorney Bill Brabec made an unspecified motion on which Judge Olack declined to render judgment until the end of the trial. Brabec said the Bank of Forest had failed to present clear and convincing evidence regarding the claims of fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Evidence shows that “the title companies, when they issued a commitment, did not ...

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Companies agree to pay $2M to settle EPA lawsuit

GOLDEN — Three Mississippi companies have agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims they illegally imported and sold more than 78,000 small engines made in China. The engines did not meet federal air pollution standards, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said in a joint news release. The government’s lawsuit was filed in 2009 in U.S. ...

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State Senate passes workers' comp legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill making it easier to appeal a decision of the state Workers’ Compensation Commission. Currently, an appeal of a commission decision or award is appealed to circuit court and then, if necessary, to the state Supreme Court. Under the bill, the appeal would be made directly to the state Supreme Court. Sen. ...

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