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Parkway on verge of huge growth spurt with Eola acquisition

Jackson’s Parkway Properties is about to nearly double in size and acquire a half dozen new office buildings in Philadelphia and throughout the South, company executives said Monday in announcing a definitive agreement with privately owned Eola Capital LLC. In the move, Chairman Leland Speed will cede the executive chairmanship to James “Jim” Heistand, Eola’s current chairman. Speed, who will ...

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County supervisor gets post-conviction bond

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge April 8 allowed Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder to remain free on $20,000 bond until his June 23 sentencing on a bribery conviction. The Hattiesburg American reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker ruled Holder was not a flight risk or a danger to anyone else. The 69-year-old Holder was convicted April 7 of one ...

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Lawmakers protest Taiwan's ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration began rejecting shipments of U.S. ...

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Court names tribunal to hear complaints against lawyers

MCCOMB — The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a tribunal to hear the state Bar’s complaint against two McComb attorneys who were accused of fraud in an asbestos case. Lawyers William Guy and Thomas Brock asked the Supreme Court to appoint a tribunal to hear the case. The request was granted this past week. The Mississippi Bar asked the Supreme ...

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PSC warns of increase in caller ID 'spoofing'

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission reports it has seen an increase in “spoofing” telephone calls throughout Mississippi. Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a number on the recipient’s caller ID display, which is not that of the actual caller. Residents will see a number on their caller ID that shows the ...

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Yelling like a mashed cat

By Wally Northway Two prominent conservative Mississippi Republicans who are outspoken enemies of recent healthcare reform actually are supportive of at least one of the legislation’s components and want it to remain the law. In fact, if the federal healthcare law were repealed, they would push to have it made state law. Who are these leaders? None other than Gov. ...

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Jackson physician convicted of fraud scheme

JACKSON — A federal jury has found a Jackson physician guilty of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas faces a maximum 125 years in prison after his April 8 conviction on 10 counts by a jury of eight women and four men. The 54-year-old Thomas and many of her family and friends sobbed after ...

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Lawmakers gone, but redistricting fight continues

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are gone from the Capitol, but arguments about legislative redistricting are continuing with a flurry of papers filed in federal court. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The 122 state House districts and 52 Senate districts need ...

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Toyota to shut down North American plants this month

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Toyota Motor Corp. said that it will suspend production at its North American plants in a series of one-day shutdowns this month as a result of parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan. The temporary shutdowns will affect 25,000 workers, but there will be no layoffs, the world’s No. 1 automaker said. A March 11 ...

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BP buys part of Cat Island from Boddie family

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — BP has bought a part of Cat Island in the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico that includes the east-facing beach. BP spokesman Ray Melick tells The Sun Herald that the land was bought last week from the Boddie family, which owes a large area of the barrier island in the Mississippi Gulf. The purchase price was not ...

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