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Ross King Walker Insurance takes Hancock name

Hancock Bank has renamed insurance agency subsidiary Ross King Walker as Hancock Insurance Agency. Hancock Bank acquired the 103-year-old Ross King Walker (RKW) in 2004. RKW retained its name as a division of Hancock Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Bank. RKW executives said the decision to rename RKW as Hancock Insurance Agency reflects the agency’s association with ...

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Jim Barksdale to lead Miss. Development Authority

JACKSON — Governor-elect Phil Bryant appointed Jim Barksdale Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority today. Barksdale, former President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp., will succeed Leland Speed as chief of the agency that leads Mississippi’s economic development efforts. “When I campaigned for governor, economic development and job creation were cornerstones of my campaign,” said Gov.-elect Phil Bryant. ...

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Judge orders temporary halt to oil spill payments

GULF OF MEXICO — Damage payments from the compensation fund for BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been stopped temporarily because of a court order requiring a portion of settlement funds to be set aside to pay hundreds of lawyers working on behalf of claimants. On Tuesday, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, an entity set up ...

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Ex-doctor, accomplice to be sentenced for illegal prescriptions

STONE COUNTY — A former south Mississippi doctor and another man are scheduled for sentencing this week for selling pain pills and anxiety medicine to people without a legitimate medical exam. Authorities say Je Song, a former Stone County surgeon, wrote prescriptions that ended up in the hands of people he never examined, and in some cases people he never ...

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City borrows money to cover payroll expenses

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez has borrowed $350,000 of its $400,000 tax-anticipation loan since December to help cover payroll expenses. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat the city originally budgeted for the $400,000 tax-anticipation loan, but he said the city would not need the additional $50,000. The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved taking out the loan for ...

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Relocation study: Mississippi now 'outbound' state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According Atlas Van Lines, the number of household moves across state lines continues to rise. The 2011 Atlas Van Lines Migration Patterns study found Southwestern and Mid-Atlantic coastal states to be popular destinations. Atlas first conducted the study in 1993 to track the nation’s interstate moving patterns. For the first time in six years, Michigan went from ...

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City to ask for funds for new casino infrastructure

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville will apply for a grant of up to $8.5 million to fund infrastructure improvements for CanCan Casino. The Sun Herald reports originally the cost of the new streets, water and sewer infrastructure for the proposed casino was estimated at $6 million. City Manager Michael Janus said at yesterday’s council meeting the actual cost was ...

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Aldermen review mayor's expenses; majority not city-related business

SOUTHAVEN — The Southaven Board of Aldermen said the vast majority of the $44,000 worth of receipts that they have been reviewing from Mayor Greg Davis’ expenses were not city-related business. During yesterday’s board meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports aldermen said they personally took the results of their review of the receipts to Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office last week ...

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Controversial Yazoo Pumps back in the courtroom

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments for Feb. 9 in New Orleans on efforts by a Mississippi levee board to revive a long-debated federal pump project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners appealed a Mississippi federal judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Lawmakers convene, elect Gunn as House Speaker

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers convened their 2012 session yesterday with a history-making Republican majority as the House elected Philip Gunn of Clinton as its new presiding officer. Republicans already controlled the 52-member Senate, and they took control of the 122-member House in the Nov. 8 elections. This is the first time since Reconstruction that the GOP has held the majority ...

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