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*update* Book wrong on Rep. Thompson's quid pro quo accusation

See Nov. 16 post, “Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in ‘Funds for Favors’ report Information in the new book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, suggests that Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson created a 2010 earmark benefiting a small California airport to appease Rep.  Nancy Pelosi, who had helped him become chair of the ...

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Baker Donelson strikes another merger deal

JACKSON — In its second major expansion in less than a month, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has merged with the Orlando law firm of Litchford & Christopher Professional Association. Terms were not disclosed. The merger gives Baker Donelson its first Florida location and, with the firm’s move into Texas in October, marks the second new market the ...

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Officials plan to file annexation petition

PICAYUNE — The city of Picayune will file a petition in Pearl River County Chancery Court to annex land north and south of the current city limits. The Picayune Item reports the action was taken last week by the board of aldermen. According to a map of the annexation prepared by Dungan Engineering, the proposed annexation will include land along ...

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City sees increase in sales tax collections

NATCHEZ — Sales tax collections for October in Natchez were up approximately 6 percent from last year. The city collected approximately $419,000 in October this year, up $26,000 from the approximately $393,000 the city collected during October 2010. Sales tax numbers are reported two months after the fact. The October revenue reflects sales tax collected in August. Natchez City Clerk ...

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Aldermen approve plans for proposed entertainment district

CORINTH — The city of Corinth could become another town in Mississippi to have a designated Arts and Entertainment District. The Daily Corinthian reports aldermen agreed last week to prepare a legal description of the district for the state to review. Aldermen hope to approve a final plan in January. The program allows a local government to create an entertainment ...

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Judges to hear redistricting arguments tomorrow

JACKSON — Three federal judges will hear arguments Tuesday to determine whether they should redraw Mississippi’s four congressional districts or leave the job up to legislators. The 2012 legislative session begins Jan. 3 — only 10 days before the congressional candidates’ qualifying deadline for the March 13 primaries. The four U.S. House districts must be adjusted to reflect population changes ...

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GE officially opens new central logistics facility

OLIVE BRANCH — GE has officially opened its new central logistics center for renewable energy components in Olive Branch. The facility is part of GE’s strategy to further improve customer response times throughout North America as more wind and solar energy projects are developed and existing power facilities require maintenance. GE Energy’s renewable energy services group will use the new logistics ...

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Merchants & Marine expanding into Alabama

PASCAGOULA — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has approved a Southeast Mississippi bank’s move into Alabama. Merchants & Marine Bank of Pascagoula has bought Heritage First Bank branches in Gulf Shores and Crossville from Heritage First Bancshares Inc. of Rome, Ga. Royce Cumbest, M&M’s chairman, president and CEO, says the acquisitions add assets of about $55 million. M&M Bank has ...

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Commission OKs proposed new owners of Delta casinos

TUNICA — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved a structure to allow the seamless transition and uninterrupted operations of the Resorts and Bally’s casinos in Tunica, according to Foundation Gaming Group, LLC. As previously reported, the two Mississippi casinos were part of the ACH, an Atlantic City casino. New Jersey casino regulators approved a plan to keep the struggling casino ...

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Officials oppose plan to increase truck weight allowance

JACKSON — Mississippi transportation officials oppose proposals to increase maximum truck weights and also oppose allowing a truck to haul three trailers. Officials are in opposition to bills pending in the U.S. House and Senate that give states the option to increase weight limits to 97,000 pounds on interstate highways and raise the number of axles allowed from five to ...

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