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Winford named president

Ron Winford of Madison has joined M&F Bank as the president of M&F Pinnacle Banking, M&F Bank’s private banking division. Winford, a native of Jackson, received both his BBA and MBA from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Winford is an active member of the Madison County Foundation, Madison ...

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Politics, not recession, affecting local economic development

Has the recession affected economic development efforts on the local level in Mississippi? Three professional economic developers in different parts of the state say the recession is not a major problem. In Choctaw County, Nick Walters says the uncertainty about the political scene is more of a concern than the economy. “A lot of it is that people are getting ...

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Stan Buckley is building hope in Haiti

Stan Buckley is the former senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Jackson. Before he left the church, he started But God Ministries, which seeks to help Haiti recover from the 2010 earthquake by building sustainable communities. Q — But God Ministries has its beginning in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. How did you get everything started, ...

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Transportation commissioner on lonely campaign for better road maintenance

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall still marvels at what he says was the foresight of Mississippi’s leaders a quarter century ago to fund an ambitious highway construction effort through an 18 cents gas tax levy. The effort required an override of Democratic Gov. William Allain’s veto — an outcome decided by a one-vote margin that Hall, as a Republican ...

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Regionalism is the way to go for development

Every so often, you have to step up and tell folks “attaboy!” In a story in the MBJ last week, Clay Chandler reported that government and economic development officials in the Golden Triangle unveiled a plan for an economic development cooperative they say will become the model of regionalism in Mississippi. The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority will not officially ...

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Read October 1 issue of MBJ

>> TRANSPORTATION Transportation commissioner Dick Hall on lonely campaign for better road maintenance— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> MDOT Road commissioner open to options other than increasing pump prices— by Ted Carter >>RETAIL Whole Foods set to break ground in November— by Clay Chandler >> HEALTHCARE Analysis of Medicaid expansion under final review — by Ted ...

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Judge approves $42.6M FEMA toxic-trailer settlement

GULF COAST — A federal judge gave his final approval yesterday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys ...

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Delta doctor, two others indicted in murder-for-hire plot

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood oncologist and two other men have been indicted in a murder-for-hire plot that prosecutors say unsuccessfully targeted a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Dr. Arnold Smith, Derrick Lacy and Cordarious Robinson were served with indictments this week. A Leflore County grand jury issued the indictments in August, but the documents weren’t made public until they ...

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