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Foreclosure fraud deal offers payments to displaced homeowners

Up to two million Americans could benefit from mortgage relief from the nation’s biggest banks under a foreclosure fraud settlement of $25 billion announced Thursday. Mississippi and 48 other states signed on to the deal with Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial. The only remaining holdout is Oklahoma. The deal settles charges of systemic and ...

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Chapter unveils officers

The USGBC Mississippi Chapter has named its officers for 2012. Jeff Seabold, AIA, LEED AP for Homes, principal of Seabold Architecture, has been re-elected as the chair. Mason Statham, LEED AP BD+C, director of sustainability with Yates Construction, is newly elected and will serve the chapter as vice chair. Bessy Roberts, project administrator for The McCarty Company-Design Group, P.A., has ...

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State collects $7.3M in crackdown on unemployment fraud

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi has collected $7.3 million thus far from its efforts to crackdown on unemployment fraud. Mark Henry, executive director of Mississippi Department of Employment Security, says the money came from people caught collecting unemployment benefits while working. The recovered funds will go to the Unemployment Benefits Trust Fund. The fund provides benefits to those ...

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MSU researcher finds first link between avian flu and Chinese poultry

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University researcher has uncovered the first molecular evidence linking live poultry markets in China to human H5N1 avian influenza. Henry Wan, an assistant professor in systems biology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, collaborated with scientists in the World Health Organization Collaborative Centers for Influenza in China and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to investigate ...

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School district not renewing contracts of teachers, staff

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Municipal School District will not renew the contracts of 59 teachers and support staff. Interim superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell says personnel cuts and other reductions will save the district $3.4 million. Officials say about $2.1 million in savings coming from eliminating 54 teachers. Three counselors, a coach and an administrator were also terminated. Board president Glenn ...

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Wages retiring after 42-year career at NMHS

TUPELO — For 42 years, Gerald Wages has been a pillar of leadership at North Mississippi Health Services. In 1969, he started as assistant administrator and CFO of the Tupelo hospital. Wages, who served as interim chief executive three times for the hospital system, is retiring as executive vice president for community hospitals for North Mississippi Health Services. He will ...

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Supervisors delay action on Greenwood-Leflore Airport grant

GREENWOOD — Leflore County supervisors have delayed action on a grant to tear down and rebuild a general aviation area at the Greenwood-Leflore Airport. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the general aviation area has never been used because of design problems. Supervisors say they want to meet with the airport board next week. The Delta Regional Authority grant would provide $200,000 ...

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Panel to hear levee board's appeal of Yazoo Pumps ruling

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments in the case today. The ...

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House to debate attorneys bill while Hood argues against pardons

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood may be busy today while House members debate a bill to limit his powers. The House bumped up its meeting time from the usual 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., when Hood is likely to be arguing against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons at the state Supreme Court. The House doesn’t plan to meet tomorrow, ...

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Health Department asks for more money; reserves being depleted

JACKSON — The Mississippi Health Department says it needs more money in the coming budget year or it may have to close clinics and reduce AIDS drug purchases. Dr. Mary Currier, the state health officer, told the House Appropriations Committee that the department has been draining internal reserves to stay afloat last year and this year. She says said accounts ...

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