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Home values on rise in Jackson, rest of state

Mississippi home values fared better than much of the nation in March, increasing by 3.7 percent from the same month a year ago, reported California real estate research firm CoreLogic. The 3.7 percent includes distressed sales of single family homes. Excluding distressed sales brought Mississippi’s home value increase to 3,3 percent, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index. In metro ...

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Hosemann slams DoJ employee for alleged remarks

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has addressed the comments allegedly made by a Department of Justice (DoJ) employee, calling her remarks “irresponsible.” Allegedly, DoJ employee Stephanie Gyamfi posted the following statements on the social networking site, Facebook: “They never do…disgusting and shameful.  Hey, that should replace the state motto!  “Mississippi: Disgusting and Shameful.”…forget the magnolia state motto.” “I find ...

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PSC fines California telemarketer $945K for 'No-Call' violations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined Roy M. Cox Jr. of Santa Ana, Calif., and his five corporations, Castle Rock Capital Management Inc., Castle Rock Capital Management, S. A., Capital Solutions Group, S. A., Transfers Argentina and Marketing Strategy Group, with both domestic and foreign places of business, a total of $945,000 for violations of the Mississippi ...

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UM educator, wife, give $100K for new scholarship fund

OXFORD — An educator, hydroscience and engineering researcher and administrator whose work has brought international attention to the University of Mississippi for more than four decades has contributed $100,000 to create an endowment encouraging other university professionals in their work. Sam S.Y. Wang — the founding director of UM’s National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, known as NCCHE — ...

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MDEQ issues warning, but doesn't close, Coast beaches

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued water contact advisories for two sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas. MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents that ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding completes helicopter hangar for Navy

GULFPORT — A large helicopter hangar, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Gulfport, is headed for Maine. WLOX TV reports the 60-foot-wide structure, made from carbon composites, took nearly two years to construct. The structure is headed for Bath Iron Works in Maine, where it will be attached to the newest Navy destroyer. “Oh man, it’s a major pat on the ...

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Invasive cogongrass spreading, overtaking native species

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists cogongrass in its assessment of the world’s worst weeds. The Enterprise-Journal reports the weed has made its way into southwest Mississippi and is overtaking surrounding plant life worse than the more familiar kudzu. Cogongrass came from southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida and southern Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia in the ...

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Coast CVB invites county to join in promoting tourism

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau has invited Jackson County to join Harrison and Hancock counties in tourism promotion. Beth Carriere, executive director of the bureau, presented a memorandum of understanding to the Board of Supervisors yester, according to The Mississippi Press. “We would hope that Jackson County would want to join in with the ...

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Supervisors dissolve board in anticipation of new commission

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to dissolve the Adams County Recreation Board in anticipation of the coming Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission. Supervisors vice president Mike Lazarus tells The Natchez Democrat yesterday the five-member board, which is tasked with the maintenance, improvement of and handling of donations for county parks, had two vacancies. Until the nine-member ...

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College Board approves tuition hike at public universities

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tuition will rise about 8.5 percent, on average, next year at Mississippi’s eight public universities. The increase was approved yesterday by the College Board, finalizing an amount that was discussed last month. In-state students taking two semesters of full-time classes will pay an average of $5,906 for the 2012-13 school year. That amount will be $459 higher, ...

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