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Mississippi Realtors joining in DC rally to spotlight homeownership policies

Realtors from Mississippi and elsewhere across the country will gather in front of the Washington Monument May 17 to express disappointment and frustration with federal home ownership policies. Dubbed “The Rally to Protect the American Dream,” the idea is to assemble a sea of 10,000 blue-shirted Realtors to push Congress and the White House to begin paying attention to the ...

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American Bankers Association: Compliance costs crushing community banks

The American Bankers Association warned a House financial  services subcommittee Thursday that the cumulative impact of years of added regulations has pushed the nation’s community banks to the tipping point. ABA representatives specially cited dramatically increasing compliance costs – estimated at $50 billion annually — and said they threaten the future of community banks. William B. Grant, chairman and chief ...

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Read March 14 issue of MBJ

 >> NEW VS. DISTRESSED RETAIL Today’s market is tailor-made for shopping center revivalists across Mississippi— By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> WHERE ARE THE JOBS? State’s economic indicators up but not net job growth— by Ted Carter >> Q&A LIZA CIRLOT LOOSER President, Mississippi World Trade Center— by Clay Chandler >> TECHNOLOGY iPad spurs disruption in point-of-sale payment industry— by John Stodder ...

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City's engineering contract extended until end of July

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen has voted to extend the engineering contract between the city and Natchez Waterworks until the end of July rather than to renew it outright. Alderman Rickey Gray recommended the move in order to allow the new board, which will take office July 1, to make the final decision on the contract. The city ...

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Grand Gulf refueling taking longer than expected

VICKSBURG — Refueling Grand Gulf Nuclear Station has taken longer than plant officials said a year ago, and officials now aren’t saying when it will be completed. The Claiborne County plant shut down Feb. 19 to refuel the boiling-water reactor and increase its generating capacity by 13 percent. Entergy Nuclear spokeswoman Suzanne Anderson says that neither the time frame nor ...

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Skylar Laine returns home after 'American Idol' run

JACKSON — “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine is back home in Brandon, for a few days. A crowd of family, friends and hometown fans greeted her Wednesday at the Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson. Laine made it to the show’s Top 5 before being voted out last week. She says it’s great to be home, and she’s looking ...

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Natchez aldermen to spend $50K on street repairs

NATCHEZ — Alderman Bob Pollard’s call to upgrade a street in his district caused a flood of similar requests and ended with the board dedicating up to $50,000 to repair streets in five wards. The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/JghA8e ) says Pollard has gotten a number of complaints about Woodville Drive, which he described as “almost like a gravel road.” Pollard ...

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Big plans proposed for Harbor Town Casino

GULFPORT — Officials with Rotate Black hope to return to the Mississippi Gaming Commission next week with a larger budget for developing Harbor Town Casino at the Gulfport waterfront. Last month the Gaming Commission tabled plans for the casino, saying as presented it would be the smallest casino in South Mississippi. The proposal could be brought up again when the ...

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