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Six counties eligible for SBA disaster recovery loans

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Feb. 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Alcom, Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tippah and Tishomingo counties in Mississippi.  The SBA declared a disaster because of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began April 23, 2011. “These counties are eligible ...

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Leaders meet to discuss post-Delta service at Mid-Delta Regional

GREENVILLE — Forty area-wide civic and business leaders met Jan. 30 at the Mid-Delta Regional Airport to discuss the future of commercial air service in Greenville post-Delta Airlines. The airport recently received two more service bids, bringing the total number of airlines interested in Mid-Delta Regional to four. Airport director Lane Rodgers was at the meeting to walk through the ...

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Governor's Mansion getting $425K in renovations; Bryants living at home

JACKSON — The 170-year-old Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is undergoing $425,000 in renovations before the new occupants can move in. Work started Jan. 16 and should be finished by mid-April, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration. Until then, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, are living in their own home in Rankin County outside Jackson. Bryant ...

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Hood blasts Barbour on pardons; defends staff member

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has issued a statement denying former Gov. Haley Barbour’s allegation that one of the Attorney General’s Office staff members did not publicize Barbour’s last-minute pardons for former Governor’s Mansion trustees as called for by state law. Hood wrote: “It is unfortunate that former Gov. Barbour has made some misrepresentations about the role of our ...

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MDEQ decides against controversial ground water regulations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has decided against enforcing proposed amendments to state ground water regulations. “We held a public hearing about the proposed regulations and listened carefully to the concerns of those in attendance. We are not moving forward with the proposed regulations,” MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur in a statement. The new regulations had been opposed ...

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NTS nears approval for new stimulus-funded transit facility

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Transit Service is in the final stages of approval to build a new transit facility as part of a $3 million stimulus package to upgrade transportation services in Natchez and surrounding areas. NTS executive director Sabrena Bartley tells The Natchez Democrat she will meet with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration ...

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Davis will not resign despite state, federal investigation into spending

SOUTHAVEN — Fourth-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said yesterday he plans to remain on the job amid continuing state and federal scrutiny of his spending of city money. “I am looking forward to continuing working for all the citizens of Southaven. For that reason, I have no intentions of resigning,” Davis said during his first public appearance in about a ...

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Jackson sees dip in foreclosures, tardy mortgage payments

Foreclosure rates and mortgage delinquencies in Jackson have decreased for the month of November over the same period last year, newly released data from real estate research firm CoreLogic shows. CoreLogic reported the rate of Jackson area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.37 percent for November, compared to November of 2010 when the rate was 2.53 percent. On a ...

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Shipbuilders could see impact from Defense Department cuts

PASCAGOULA — The Department of Defense’s proposed cost-cutting measures could have major implications for shipbuilding in South Mississippi. As a result of the cuts, some new vessels could be shelved, scrapped or delayed over the next decade. A few broad details covered in the first five years of a 10-year cost reduction plan were released Thursday, but more information is ...

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Schools spend $14M less on textbooks than in 2008

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — School districts across Mississippi spent $14 million less on textbooks last year than they did three years ago. The Clarion-Ledger reports the state Department of Education spent $22 million on textbooks last year. That’s a decrease from the 2008-09 school year, when the reported textbook expenses total was $36 million. While amounts spent and any increase or ...

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