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AG Hood joins effort to protect states' payday lending laws

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined at least 40 other states’ legal officers in opposing legislation in Congress that could pre-empt states’ authority in governing payday lending businesses. Hood says in a news release that the bill in Congress would allow payday lenders, installment lenders, car title lenders, prepaid card issuers and check cashers to obtain a federal charter ...

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Veteran journalist Frank Brown joins staff of MBJ

Frank Brown started at the Mississippi Business Journal Oct. 2, coming from the Huntsville Times in Alabama, where he had served an online editor and page designer since 2005. Before that, Brown served as the executive editor of the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. He spent 20 years at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson before his time at the DDT. Brown ...

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Casino construction on schedule; opening set for December

NATCHEZ — Work on both the interior and exterior of Magnolia Bluffs Casino is moving along, and construction is on schedule for the casino’s opening in December. Project manager Dennis McEvoy of FoxCor Construction tells the Natchez Democrat crews are putting the finishing touches on the cypress siding on the exterior of the building and have begun installing tiles and ...

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Justice Department approves city's annexation plans

PICAYUNE — Picayune has 800 new residents, and Mayor Ed Pinero plans a meet and greet to welcome them. The U.S. Department of Justice approved the city’s annexation plans last Friday. The city limits expanded west, north and south, including the airport. “It brings in 20 new businesses into the city limits. These businesses wanted to be annexed for numerous ...

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Ex-employee pleads not guilty to stealing $200K+

ABBEVILLE — An Abbeville woman has been indicted on embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing more than $200,000. The Oxford Eagle reports that the indictment alleges Valerie Harmon took $20,267 between March-November 2011 while she was an employee for Action Collections, which was owned by the law firm where she worked as a notary. A second count on the indictment alleges ...

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Town installing solar panels at water well

VAEDAMAN — The town of Vardaman is installing solar panels at one of its three water wells. WCBI-TV reports Norman Griffin of Blue Spectra Solar is providing a 50,000-watt system that will produce about 90,000 kilowatts of electricity a year. Mayor James Casey says Vardaman uses 84,000 kilowatts each year. Casey says the solar panels will be installed on the ...

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Senators express oil spill recovery concerns in letter to President

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging the Obama administration to work toward a Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement agreement that meets both the ecological and economic recovery needs in Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 disaster. Cochran and Wicker are among eight senators who have signed a letter to President Obama that ...

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Report: City dumping billions of gallons of sewage into river

JACKSON — The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage — enough to fill four NFL stadiums — into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Analysis of reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality indicate that Jackson bypassed treatment at its Savannah Street Wastewater ...

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Bathtub manufacturer dedicates Choctaw land for plant

PHILADELPHIA — KemPosits LLC has dedicated its plant on the Choctaw reservation where it will produce bathtubs. Tribal Chief Phyliss Anderson tells the Neshoba Democrat the company’s $2-million investment reinforces the tribe’s business portfolio and creates jobs. KemPosits president Charlie Quinn said the company’s products include the Eco-Elite Series of walk-in bathtubs. He praised the cooperation of the Tribal Council ...

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Southern Miss' athletic department runs up $1.2M-plus deficit

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s athletic department owes the university more than $1.2 million for deficits it ran in three of the past four fiscal years, and the department predicts a shortfall of at least $1 million for 2012-13. But interim Southern Miss president Aubrey Lucas tells the Hattiesburg American measures taken by the university and the athletic ...

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