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Barbour names Jones to lead Public Utilities Staff

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed Virden Jones of Madison as executive director of the Public Utilities Staff. Jones begins the new position immediately and must be confirmed by the Senate. The Public Utilities Staff works with the Public Service Commission to represent the interests of ratepayers, utilities, state agencies and the broad public interests of the state of ...

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Deadline nearing for disaster recovery loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations that were affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred Nov. 29-30, 2010. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply ...

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Attorneys' fees dispute hearing gets underway

JACKSON — A Mississippi Supreme Court hearing pits attorneys for Republican state Auditor Stacy Pickering against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood over the constitutionality of a law that allows Hood to hire private lawyers to represent Mississippi in lawsuits. The high court scheduled a hearing in the case today. Pickering challenged a judge’s decision last year upholding $10 million in ...

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Supreme Court sets deadline for eminent domain briefs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys until Aug. 12 to file briefs in a challenge to an eminent-domain ballot initiative. The court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case. Jackson businessman Leland Speed appealed a decision by a Hinds County judge that the initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in ...

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Gifts, grants for new pharmacy building top $10M

JACKSON — Gifts to the “Promises to Keep” campaign and two federal grants have provided the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with more than $10 million to construct a building at the university’s Medical Center and endow scholarships and faculty support. The campaign’s lead gift was a pledge of more than $350,000 from Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, of Oxford. ...

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Commission establishing guidelines for historic district

COLUMBUS — The Historic Preservation Commission in Columbus has started the process of setting up legal guidelines for buildings in the historic Southside district of the city. The commission voted to send a resolution to the City Council. If the council approves it, the commission will gather public input and draft a formal ordinance for the council’s approval. The Dispatch ...

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MDES gets funding to hire disaster recovery workers

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is providing grants to help governments and nonprofits hire workers to provide humanitarian assistance as well as to clean remaining flood-related damage in the Mississippi River area. The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded MDES a $3-million National Emergency Grant to provide funding for these public-service assistance jobs. “We encourage ...

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Mississippi SBA sets another record for loan approvals

JACKSON — With months to go before its fiscal year ends, the Mississippi U. S. Small Business Administration continues its surge in guaranty lending to Mississippi small businesses. Through the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011), the Mississippi SBA office has 607 approved loans totaling $235,453,500. “That eclipses the $193,274,951 record dollar volume ...

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MSDH reports state's seventh West Nile virus case

JONES COUNTY and PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health has identified two new cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus, bringing the total so far in 2011 to seven cases. Officials said the new cases were reported in Jones and Pearl River counties. For the year, West Nile cases have been confirmed in Coahoma, Hinds, Jones, Marion, Pearl ...

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Verizon completes integration of Centennial assets

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Verizon Wireless has completed the Centennial Communications Corp. integration across Louisiana and Mississippi, bringing additional Verizon Wireless stores and coverage to Mississippi. The Centennial markets in Mississippi that are now a part of Verizon Wireless are Jackson, Brookhaven, McComb and Natchez. Verizon Wireless completed its purchase of Centennial in August 2010 and has spent the past year ...

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