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Hood details spending of state’s $47.1M share of foreclosure settlement

A proposed national foreclosure fraud settlement provides an estimated $47.1 million in direct relief to Mississippi homeowners and addresses future mortgage loan servicing practices, Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday in announcing Mississippi’s participation in the $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud. The five lenders — Bank of America, ...

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Ole Miss Professional MBA program makes U.S. News top 14

U.S. News & World Report has named the Professional MBA program at the University of Mississippi as one of the top 14 in the nation. According to U.S. News, a strong online master’s in business degree program performs well across all of the magazine’s indicator rankings for online education. A program made the Top Online Business Degrees honor roll if ...

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Casinos voice concerns about offshore drilling leases

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi casino operators say they trust state leaders that exploration and drilling would be low-key for natural gas and out of sight of most of the mainland. However, the operators say in a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority, that they don’t want tourist areas overrun by industrial equipment, boats and workers. The Sun Herald reports ...

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Some CenterPoint Energy customers to see reduced gas bills

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — CenterPoint Energy is decreasing the purchased gas adjustment (PGA) portion of Mississippi customers’ natural gas bills beginning this month. The adjustment will lower a Mississippi residential winter gas bill using 100 Ccf (hundred cubic feet) of natural gas by 19 percent. This means a bill that was $79.36 in January will be $64.29 this month. Actual bills ...

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Bomgar rolls out solution for Remedyforce platform

JACKSON — Bomgar has introduced a new integration with the BMC Remedyforce Service Desk solution, BMC’s cloud-based IT service management solution (ITSM) built on Salesforce.com. According to Bomgar, it is the market’s first remote support integration for the Remedyforce platform. The Bomgar solution allows support technicians to launch a remote support session directly from the BMC Remedyforce Service Desk solution ...

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EDP to match grant dollars for airport improvements

WIGGINS — The Stone County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) board of directors has agreed to provide the local match dollars for a federal/state grant to improve the Dean Griffin Memorial Airport. The airport, located in Wiggins, serves the entire Stone County area. The facility, jointly owned by the city of Wiggins and Stone County, is open to the public and ...

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Hood: State should see $47M from foreclosure settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi’s share of the landmark settlement with the nation’s top mortgage lenders should be about $47.1 million. The national $25 billion settlement between the lenders and 49 states was announced Thursday. It involved the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud, and unacceptable nationwide mortgage servicing practices. Hood says the ...

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High water has Corps closely monitoring levees

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers says it’s keeping an eye on Mississippi River levees because the river is high. The twice-weekly checks are a precaution because the water is expected to remain high for a while. The Corps said yesterday patrols began this week for levees along the east bank of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge ...

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Bill to limit Hood's power killed by procedural problem

JACKSON — A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power died yesterday after it was found to violate parliamentary rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood isn’t in the clear yet. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he had no choice but to kill his own bill after experts found that it was written in a way that broke ...

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Holland: 'Gulf of America' bill a joke; some don't get it

JACKSON — All the people outraged about the Mississippi bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico as the “Gulf of America” have missed its satirical intent, the sponsor said yesterday. State Rep. Steve Holland, a populist Democrat known for over-the-top gestures, said he was tickled that his provocation had rocketed across the Internet. Holland says the measure is meant to ...

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