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Group collects signatures calling for Davis' removal from office

SOUTHAVEN — The attorney general’s office has told a citizens’ group in Southaven that nothing in state law allows for the removal of a municipal official. The Commercial Appeal reports Concerned Citizens of Southaven has collected about 1,000 signatures demanding the removal of Davis, under fire for allegedly misspending thousands of dollars in public funds. Organizers have based their effort ...

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Senate weighing bill to disallow state agencies from advertising

JACKSON — A bill pending in the Mississippi Senate seeks to pull the plug on all state agencies’ ability to advertise. State Sen. Merle Flowers, a Republican from Southaven, tells WLBT-TV millions and millions of dollars are going advertising programs all over the state. The bill would prevent state agencies from using radio and television advertising to promote agency programs. ...

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SmartSynch assembles team to bring smart meters to Michigan utility

JACKSON — SmartSynch has unveiled the team that will help provide the advanced metering system that will form the foundation of a grid and meter modernization program for Consumers Energy’s 1.8 million electric customers in Michigan. Members of the team include GE Energy, who will provide the meter hardware, and Grid Net, who will provide the networking and metering software ...

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Aldermen amend city's zoning ordinance to foster construction

PETAL — The Petal Board of Aldermen has voted to amend the official zoning ordinance for the city, hoping to make it easier for building in the city. Mayor Hal Marx said the goal is to make it easier for people to go through the approval process and cut fees. The Hattiesburg American reports one change would relax the 1,400-square-foot ...

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Minority Business Expo at Stennis Space Center is March 29

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) will host a Minority Business Expo at Stennis Space Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29. Organizers are looking for companies to exhibit at the expo. Table-top stations will be provided for those wishing to display their products and informational materials on their services. Space is limited and will be assigned on ...

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First major legislative deadline thins list of bills, amendments

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers scrambled yesterday to meet their first major deadline of the 2012 session, thinning out the list of bills and constitutional amendments they’ll consider during the next two months. Among the proposals that died are constitutional amendments that would’ve limited the governor’s pardon power, defined life as beginning at fertilization and given legal rights to fetuses. Also ...

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City approves plans, financing for proposed CanCan Casino

D’IBERVILLE — The D’Iberville City Council has approved development plans for the CanCan Casino and up to $24 million in tax-increment financing bonds to help cover costs of the infrastructure. The Sun Herald reports Chris Gouras, the city’s public finance consultant, outlined the plan and explained how the TIF work yesterday. Gouras said phase one of the project on the ...

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House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials and certain types of video ...

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County selling land to Oklahoma-based peanut processor

LEFLORE COUNTY — Leflore County has agreed to sell 30 acres in the Industrial Park at $5,000 per acre to the peanut processor Clint Williams Co. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the board of supervisors decided to use the money to pay part of Atmos Energy’s cost of installing a pipeline to the site. The company has an option for 10 ...

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Jefferson found guilty of embezzlement, obstruction, witness intimidation

GREENVILLE — A federal jury has convicted the director of a housing organization on charges of intimidating witnesses in a federal investigation. >> READ MORE ON THIS STORY … WABG-TV reports South Delta Regional Housing Authority director Ann Jefferson was convicted yesterday in federal court in Greenville. No sentencing date has been set. U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams says Jefferson was ...

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