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Rick Cleveland takes reins at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Long-time, award winning sports journalist Rick Cleveland was named today as the new executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Cleveland, 59, succeeds the late Michael Rubenstein, the museum’s only previous director. “We think Rick is the perfect fit,” said Oscar Miskelly, chairman of the museum’s board of directors. “Nobody has a deeper knowledge of the ...

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FNC index finds U.S. home prices declined in last half of 2011

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. home prices declined steadily in the last half of 2011. Since July 2011, prices on non-distressed properties (excluding foreclosure sales, REO sales, and short sales) have fallen 4.5 percent — averaging nearly 1.0 percent per month. The persistent downtrends in home prices are driven primarily by conditions in ...

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City hires firm to market former Dillard's Building

JACKSON — The Overby Company has been selected by the City of Jackson to assist with the comprehensive marketing and development of the former Dillard’s Building.The Overby Company will list the price of the site based on its marketability, similar sales in the area and statutory requirements, recommend a projected timeline for the sale and develop a marketing plan for ...

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House approves measure allowing dry counties to sell alcohol

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want some cities in dry counties to be able to vote on allowing alcohol sales. House members voted 67-52 today for Senate Bill 2497, which now returns to the Senate for more work. As changed by the House, the bill would allow cities with 5,000 or more people in dry counties, as well all county ...

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Supervisors approve update to county's hazard-mitigation plan

WIGGINS — The Stone County Board of Supervisors has approved an update of the county’s hazard-mitigation plan. Emergency management director Raven James tells The Sun Herald FEMA requires the county to have the updated five-year plan in order to receive funding in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. James says projects outlined in the new plan include improving ...

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Runoff required in mayorial race; incumbent finishes fourth

ABERDEEN — There will be a runoff in two weeks to decide who will be Aberdeen’s next mayor. In complete but unofficial returns from yesterday’s Democratic Party primary, former mayor Cecil Belle and Maurice Howard lead the six-candidate field that included incumbent Mayor Jim Ballard. Ballard finished fourth in the balloting. The runoff election is April 17. Police Chief Henry ...

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Lawmakers pass abortion-regulation legislation; Bryant intends to sign

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that would require any doctor performing abortions to be a board-certified OB-GYN with admitting privileges at a local hospital. Senators passed the bill today, but it was held for the possibility of more debate. It passed the House on March 13. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to sign it. The ...

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Regions puts $3.5 billion TARP debt behind it

Just days after closing its sale of investment brokerage Morgan Keegan & Co. to Raymond James, Regions Financial Corp. has paid its $3.5 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, debt. Regions, Mississippi’s market leader in retail banking, said in a press statement Wednesday that it repurchased $3.5 billion of Series A Preferred Stock issued under the U.S. Treasury’s Asset ...

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How social media has shaped the case of Trayvon Martin

In the killing of Trayvon Martin, the angel and the devil of social media have discovered the perfect battlefield. Without social media, the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., probably would have remained forever a four-paragraph news brief in the local newspaper. On that rainy night, Martin was walking from a grocery store to ...

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Emotions flare after House committee rejects charter school bill

JACKSON — Emotions flared yesterday as a House committee rejected efforts to widen Mississippi’s provisions for charter schools, but the issue was far from dead. Gov. Phil Bryant immediately threatened a special session, and senators tried to figure out if they could tack most or all of the charter language onto another bill. House Education Committee members voted 16-15 yesterday ...

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