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SBA extending direct loans to coastal businesses, residents in wake of Isaac

  Hurricane Isaac’s late August battering of the Mississippi coast has left an estimated 1,500 businesses eligibility for low-cost federal disaster recovery loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In addition to disaster assistance applications from 1,558 businesses that claim at least some property damage, another 27 businesses that had no physical damage but claim economic injuries have applied ...

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Merger gives Balch & Bingham Florida presence

Balch & Bingham, a Birmingham-based law firm with an office in Jackson, has merged with Jacksonville, Fla.’s Stoneburner Berry Glocker Purcell & Greenhut, a six-attorney firm known for its banking, transactional and wealth management practices. The merger marks Balch & Bingham’s first expansion into Florida and increases the firm’s business and financial services practices. Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office in ...

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Run domestic violence out of town — in a purple dress

JACKSON — Grab your running shoes and favorite purple “dress” and join the Domestic Violence Services Center of Catholic Charities Inc. and Jaco’s Tacos for a sunset 5K Purple Dress run/walk fundraiser through downtown Jackson. The event will be held Oct. 25 with check-in beginning at 5 p.m. The run/walk will begin at 6 p.m. at Jaco’s Tacos located at ...

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Silicor tells supervisors plant will start by year's end

LOWNDES COUNTY — Officials in Lowndes County say they have been assured by Silicor that a metal production and purification facility will meet its Dec. 31 start date. The Commercial Dispatch reports company officials met this past week with local leaders to discuss progress on the project. In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting deadline to Dec. ...

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BEA: State sees significant jump in personal income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Finally, some good news about Mississippi’s economy. Personal income grew at a 1.2 percent annual rate in 2012’s second quarter, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said today. That’s sixth-highest among the states. Personal income grew 1 percent nationwide. Workplace earnings and government payments grew faster than the nation, while dividend, interest and rent income trailed slightly. ...

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Hurricane Isaac rained on casinos' winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Hurricane Isaac’s drenching rains dampened August casino revenues in Mississippi, with closings and bad weather keeping gamblers from losing as much as in August 2011. Statewide casino revenue fell 3.4 percent from last year, to $178.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. In August, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $86.3 million from ...

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Judge reschedules sentencing in cancer center fraud case

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing hearings for three women convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sentencing had been scheduled for Monday. Sachdeva founded the Rose Cancer Center in the South Mississippi ...

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Ingalls pays for six years of portable toilet pollution

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has paid a $33,775 fine after a portable toilet dumped untreated waste into the East Pascagoula River for more than six years. Spokesman Bill Glenn says that the toilet station was connected to a storm drain at the Pascagoula shipyard after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, instead of to the sewer system. The unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries ...

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Democrats backing Banks for state Supreme Court

JACKSON — The Mississippi Democratic Party is endorsing Democratic state Rep. Earle Banks of Jackson as he runs for state Supreme Court. The endorsement was announced yesterday, weeks after the state Republican Party endorsed the man Banks is trying to unseat, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson. Mississippi judicial candidates run without party labels, but state law doesn’t stop ...

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Ex-Coast mayor wants judge to toss Katrina fraud plea

GULFPORT — A former Gulfport mayor is asking a federal judge to throw out his guilty plea almost three years ago to a felony charge of stealing FEMA funds. The plea deal Brent Warr entered into with the government allowed him and his wife to walk out of court with no prison time. The Sun Herald reports Warr’s attorney argues ...

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