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Read the March 5 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — REMEMBER THE TITANS: Ole Miss to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Rebels’ 1962 perfect football season. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> The apple falls: Will the son live up to the father — by Wally Northway >> Eastover on the move: More dominoes fall after the Whole Foods announcement — by ...

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Threats, lies get debt collection company in very hot water

We all know how cunning and deceiving debt collectors can be. They’ll rely on intimidation and, on occasion, outright lying in their quest to collect tardy debts. An Atlanta collection agency engaged in the practice far too frequently for far too long. Now it must give up attempts to collect on more than 31,000 accounts it purchased for collection purposes. ...

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Georgia, Alabama must wait for rulings on anti-illegal immigration laws

Mississippi legislators will be voting on an Alabama-style anti-immigration law in the coming weeks but may have to wait to find what parts of the Alabama law pass constitutional tests. A federal appeals court in Atlanta announced Thursday that it would wait until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Arizona’s stringent anti-illegal immigration law before it issues its own ...

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Fed reports improving economic health for Mississippi districts

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book for Feb. 29, a periodic assessment of economic health throughout the Reserve Bank’s 12 districts, reported economic activity nationwide continued to increase at a modest to moderate pace from January through February. Hiring, manufacturing and banking all showed increases. Retail spending and tourism showed gains in some districts. Residential real estate declined in some districts ...

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Charter school bill passes House ed committee

The House Education Committee passed its version of the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 (HB 888) yesterday and is expected to vote on it next week. The Senate passed charter schools legislation in the form of SB 2401 last week. See a summary of some key similarities and differences below. The House bill contains many provisions similar to ...

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Bryant supports immigration-enforcement bill; dismisses critics

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday he supports an immigration-enforcement bill working its way through the state Legislature, and he dismissed critics’ contention that it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. “This law applies to everyone, not just to people who are south of us or Hispanic by descent. But look at the crime and violence that ...

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Raytheon awarded contract modifications for fighter radar systems

FOREST — The Raytheon Co. plant in Forest will get a significant amount of work on radar systems for Navy fighter jets under two contract modifications — one for $77.3 million and the other for $45.2 million. The Navy says the Mississippi plant is to do 34 percent of the work on 89 radar warning receivers for F/A-18 Hornets, and ...

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Milwaukee Electric Tool building new distribution facility

OLIVE BRANCH — Milwaukee Electric Tool, manufacturer of portable electric power tools and accessories, is expanding its presence in north Mississippi by constructing a new, larger distribution center in Olive Branch. The project represents a company investment of $8 million and will create 25 new jobs, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). “The new 600,000-square-foot distribution facility gives us ...

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House committee narrowly approves charter school bill

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP holds only a 64-58 majority. ...

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NPS report shows economic impact of Vicksburg battlefield

VICKSBURG — A new National Park Service report shows that 581,459 visitors in 2010 spent $28.9 million in the Vicksburg National Military Park and in communities near the park. The NPS says that spending supported 449 jobs in the local area. Park Superintendent Michael Madell says the NPS report found 52 percent of the spending/jobs was related to lodging, food, ...

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