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Metropolitan Bank doing business out of new Ridgeland HQ

Metropolitan Bank has officially opened its new Mississippi headquarters in Ridgeland at 1069 Highland Colony Parkway in The Township at Colony Park. The 15,500-square-foot headquarters is home to Metropolitan’s executive offices, including commercial and personal banking, and mortgage lending. The new office employs 19 associates, which was the driving force of bank leadership’s decision to move into an expanded space. ...

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Judge is asked to sign off on the BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys have presented a federal judge with the details of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company and lawyers representing more than 100,000 individuals and businesses are asking U.S. District Judge ...

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Site announced for new Oxford hospital

OXFORD — Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation will build its new $250 million Oxford hospital on a 160-acre tract just west of the existing hospital. Memphis-based Baptist Memorial announced its plans Tuesday in a meeting with officials from Oxford and Lafayette County. Baptist spokesman Dick Cowart says 15 sites were considered. Cowart says the new location selected preserves the south ...

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Biloxi council rezones part of Deer Island

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has rezoned eight acres of Deer Island at the request of a developer who wants to build a resort. Tuesday’s vote was 5-1. The council added a stipulation that a casino not be allowed as part of the Oasis resort. Larry Mitrenga, owner and developer of the property, says he plans a restaurant, entertainment ...

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Jackson County appeals high court ruling

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has voted to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that a 2007 state law is unconstitutional in requiring the Pascagoula School District to share some tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other districts. The ruling overturned a decision by a Jackson County judge who upheld the law. The ...

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Port of Gulfport bill passes

JACKSON — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been sent to the governor. The Mississippi House gave final legislative approval to House Bill 1091 on Tuesday. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight and declares it to be its ...

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State set to meet about Aberdeen school system

JACKSON — State officials have signaled they could be seeking to take over an eighth school district even as they consider fundamental changes to the process of state control, called conservatorship. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Jackson and appears poised to declare a state of emergency in the 1,400-student Aberdeen district, which educates students ...

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Rice says wouldn't return as secretary of state

CLINTON — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she wouldn’t want to hold that position again. >> BUSINESS BLOG Former secretary of state, KiOR board member Condoleeza Rice visits Mississippi>> “You should never go home twice,” Rice told reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton. Rice visited the school Tuesday to address benefactors at a scholarship banquet. She also participated ...

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