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High court: Eminent domain vote a go but later review possible

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday dashed Leland Speed’s bid to keep a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain off Mississippi’s November ballot. But in issuing the 7-2 ruling, the justices said they would be willing to reconsider Speed’s arguments if the amendment passes. The court essentially ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the matter, since no change to state law ...

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High court: Eminent domain vote a go but later review possible

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday dashed Leland Speed’s bid to keep a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain off Mississippi’s November ballot. But in issuing the 7-2 ruling, the justices said they would be willing to reconsider Speed’s arguments if the amendment passes. The court essentially ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the matter, since no change to state law ...

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Hugh Laurie Has the Blues

British-born TV star Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House of the hit FOX series House) admits he is crazy about Delta blues. In a recent interview with Spinner.com, Laurie, himself a musician, has high praise for Mississippi’s well-noted cultural commodity. (From Chris Epting at Spinner.com) Have you ever toured the South to visit blues landmarks throughout the Mississippi Delta and beyond? ...

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Malfunctions may have caused deadly ship collision

MOSS POINT — The Coast Guard said malfunctions on Omega Protein’s fishing boat Sandy Point may have led to its collision with a 660-foot container ship in the Mississippi Sound channel on May 18 that resulted in the death of three men. Capt. Don Rose, sector commander for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Mobile, Ala., sector, tells The Mississippi Press that ...

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City hears plans for return of American Queen

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez will be receiving a royal visitor that may bring the crown jewel of economic opportunities for Natchez tourism. The Natchez Democrat reports approximately 50 people attended a meeting yesterday at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center to hear Bob Buesing of Shore Excursions of America outline a plan to bring the American Queen steamboat back ...

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SUSTA offering export assistance to small ag companies

JACKSON — The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help small agricultural companies enter export markets with 50 percent reimbursement for promotional costs like advertising, exhibiting at trade shows and changes to packaging and labels. To be eligible for the Branded program, ...

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Leaders may auction off 'windfall' silver

OXFORD — The City of Oxford and Lafayette County will likely sell more than 4,200 ounces of silver at bid. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that 42 bars of 100 ounces each and a couple of smaller pieces were found in a safety deposit box rented before the local hospital was leased to Baptist Memorial Health Care in 1989. ...

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Damage assessment from Lee continues as new storm threatens

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues to receive damage reports from the effects of Tropical Storm Lee. And, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf and warnings have already been issued. It could become a hurricane as early as tomorrow. So far, 30 counties have reported damages ranging from minor to major due to Lee. ...

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Lawmakers to hold public hearings on state budget

JACKSON — Top lawmakers will meet later this month to start planning Mississippi’s budget — a process they will hand off to new legislators who take office in January. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee announced yesterday that it would hold public hearings Sept. 19-22 at the Woolfolk Building in downtown Jackson. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the Republican nominee for ...

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Le Bonheur to break ground for new hospital

OLIVE BRANCH — Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has chosen the design and construction team for its new Olive Branch Hospital and set the groundbreaking for 3 p.m. on Oct. 19. Gresham, Smith and Partners, Smith Seckman Reid Inc. and Turner Construction Company have been selected as an integrated project delivery team for the design and construction of the new hospital. ...

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