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Regions sets debit card fees in bid to offset revenue losses

In a soon-to-arrive consequence of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Regions Bank in mid-October will begin charging customers in Mississippi and elsewhere a $4 monthly fee for debit card use. The financial services sector has been predicting for the past year that Dodd Frank’s mandated cut in swipe card fees paid to a debit card’s ...

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Enrollment at Mississippi colleges rises

Preliminary Fall Enrollment Figures Show Increase Alcorn has highest increase at 19.3%; MVSU drops by 4.2% Across Mississippi’s eight public universities, preliminary fall 2011 enrollment figures show an increase of almost 4,000 students or 5.2 percent from fall 2010 numbers. System-wide enrollment has increased annually since 1994. This year’s increase is the largest single-year increase in enrollment. Alcorn State University ...

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Read the September 5th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Wally Northway analyzes the mega Mississippi law merger between Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis and the New Orleans firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, LLP. Could it mean a shift in power among law firms in Mississippi? Northway talks to experts around the state. Also in this week’s paper: >> WORKERS COMP: For ...

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Newspaper goes from seven-day to four-day publication

LAUREL — The Laurel Leader-Call is changing from seven-day to four-day publication. The newspaper will now publish on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Leader-Call editor Rob Sigler says while the newspaper will no longer publish print editions on Monday, Friday and Saturday, news updates, features, sports, photos and video will be provided on the paper’s website (www.leadercall.com) on those days. ...

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Hot, dry weather taking toll on state's rice crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The yield of early-planted rice looks good so far, but only time will tell how seriously the high heat of early August will cut into yields from later-planted fields. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said harvest began in mid-August and will proceed at full speed until completed, probably by the first ...

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MDOT to cut ribbon on Highway 30 bypass project

BOONEVILLE — The Mississippi Department of Transportation will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in Booneville for the completion of the Highway 30 Bypass project. The new bypass will not open to traffic Sept. 6 as the final construction phase is still being completed. The project provides an eight-mile southern bypass of the City of Booneville. ...

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TVA makes top 10 for economic development

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has been named for the sixth straight year among Site Selection magazine’s top 10 North American utilities for achievement in economic development. The publication recognizes TVA’s fiscal year 2010 work with power distributors, and regional, state and local partners to help attract or retain more than 41,000 jobs and leverage $4.3 billion in ...

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USM repairing facilities damaged by Katrina

LONG BEACH — University of Southern Mississippi officials have broken ground on restoration projects at the Gulf Park campus involving Hardy Hall and Lloyd Hall, both of which were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Hardy Hall, an $8.7-million construction project, and Lloyd Hall, a $2.3-million construction project, are longtime structures that sustained heavy damage from Katrina in ...

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