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Immigration-enforcement bill dies, but issue still alive

JACKSON — An immigration-enforcement bill has died because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote in a Mississippi Senate committee. However, the issue might not be dead. Some House members are trying to put immigration-enforcement provisions into other bills that are still alive. It’s unclear whether those efforts will succeed. Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob ...

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Abortion-regulation legislation vote misses deadline

JACKSON — Two abortion-regulation bills have died under a deadline in the Mississippi Legislature, but supporters are trying to revive them. Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob Bryan says he chose not to bring the bills up for consideration because he believes they would be challenged in court if they became law. House Bill 1196 would have prohibited abortion once ...

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Nevada firm looking to buy Silver Slipper Casino for $70M

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts of Las Vegas, Nev., has entered into definitive agreements with Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC to acquire all of the outstanding membership interest of the entity operating the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. The purchase price is $70 million, exclusive of estimated cash, net working capital balances, fees and expenses and other adjustments ...

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EEI again honors Entergy for response to natural disasters

NEW ORLEANS — The Edison Electric Institute has honored Entergy Corporation with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award for its power restoration efforts to its own customers throughout 2011 and to other utility company customers following Hurricane Irene. This is the 14th consecutive year for Entergy to receive an EEI national storm restoration award. The recovery award ...

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PSC fines Arizona telemarketer for 'No-Call' violations

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) reports the Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined Greatest Virtual Offices, LLC of Phoenix, Ariz., $45,000 for violations of the Mississippi “No-Call” law and rules associated with enforcing the law. Presley said Greatest Virtual Offices violated the “No-Call” law by failing to register and purchase the State’s “No-Call” list and for contacting ...

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Lawmakers mulling moving back start of school year

JACKSON — There would be no more early-August starts for Mississippi public schools under a bill lawmakers are considering. House Bill 707, as amended today by the Senate Education Committee, would require that schools start no earlier than the third Monday in August, which would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. Advocates say that pushing back the beginning ...

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Veteran journalist Sallie Gresham dies at 67

Sallie Ann Neblett Gresham, the former senior editor of the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville, died Tuesday, the newspaper reporter. She was 68. Former colleagues called Gresham a consummate professional with sincere compassion for others. Gresham worked at the newspaper for 43 years until her retirement in 2009, when she moved to Florida to be near family. Ray Mosby, owner ...

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Workers' comp bill survives, but farther away from passage

JACKSON — A bill that would revise Mississippi’s workers’ compensation system survived attempts to kill it yesterday, but ended up farther away from passage. After earlier rejecting proposed changes to the system of worker injury insurance, House members reversed themselves and voted 60-56 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2576. Yesterday, though, House members blocked sending the bill on to the ...

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Legislation would drive up interest rates on some loans

JACKSON — Mississippi borrowers could soon pay more for some kinds of loans if lawmakers approve a bill to allow higher interest rates. House Bill 1396 would allow loan companies to charge 99 percent interest for loans up to $1,500. The current cap is 36 percent. It would also change amounts that could be charged for loans up to $4,000. ...

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Coast shelters won't be completed by upcoming hurricane season

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County’s three new emergency shelters won’t be ready before hurricane season begins. The Mississippi Press reports architect Walter “Buzzy” Bolton told supervisors yesterday the Hurley, Vancleave and St. Martin shelters will now likely be ready in July. A variety of construction delays have plagued the federally funded projects. The 10,000-square-foot shelters will have eight-inch-thick concrete walls, ...

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