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MBJ: Offsets needed for Palazzo hypocrisy on Sandy relief

That’s Mississippi, always looking out for the rest of us. So goes the cynical commentary after two-term Rep. Steven Palazzo embarrassed Mississippi with his vote last week against federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery. As the national media has been quick to point out, Palazzo is a taker but not much of a giver. Rep. Palazzo, as head of a ...

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More details released on illegal, fatal buttocks implant

JACKSON — Court records say the Georgia woman who died after an illegal buttocks implant in Mississippi was told that the procedure would be performed by a medical professional, but authorities and testimony show that it was given by a floral and interior designer with no training or license. Two people have been charged in the death of 37-year-old Karima ...

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Commissioners approve second part of Entergy's rate increase

JACKSON — Entergy Corp. will raise customer bills again starting later this month to pay the costs of Entergy Mississippi buying a share of the Grand Gulf nuclear plant from sister company Entergy Arkansas. A residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will see his or her bill increase $2.78 per month from the current amount, according to ...

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Concealed weapon permits spike; more than doubled in five years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of people applying in Mississippi for a concealed weapon permit more than doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to figures released by the Department of Public Safety. Department spokesman Warren Strain said December 2012 saw the largest spike in the last five years, with 1,747 applications. Strain said total applications in 2012 were 12, 306. ...

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Employee wellness program partners with UMMC

RIDGELAND — The employee health program WellnessPlus has formed a partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). UMMC will develop and review medical and health-related information that will be available online to the employees of WellnessPlus client companies. Bill Ray, WellnessPlus CEO, said, “UMMC physicians will serve as a medical advisory board to WellnessPlus, enhancing the content available ...

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PEER recommends changes to PERS administration

JACKSON — The PEER Committee has released a report on its review of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS). The scope and purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive look into the decision-making processes of the PERS board of trustees, its staff and its contractual advisors to determine whether the PERS board is positioned to manage ...

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Two accounting firms execute merger; office to be in Jackson

JACKSON — The accounting firms White & Company and Watkins, Ward and Stafford, PLLC, have merged. James Lee Stafford, CPA, executive manager of Watkins, Ward and Stafford, and David O. White, CPA, of White & Company announced the merger. Watkins, Ward and Stafford, PLLC currently has 13 offices across Mississippi. White will be assuming the role of manager with WWS. ...

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Developer with ties to Davis to enter plea to an undisclosed charge

SOUTHAVEN — Federal court records show developer Charles “Chuck” Roberts III will waive an indictment and enter a plea to Jan. 31 in Oxford to an undisclosed charge. Roberts is a longtime developer in DeSoto County and a close friend of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis. Roberts is also the public address announcer for Tigers’ basketball games at FedExForum. Roberts’ attorney, ...

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City, county to operate career training center

OLIVE BRANCH — The DeSoto County school system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch will be maintained with a big helping hand from the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports the board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Olive Branch and the county to pay maintenance costs for the center. Under the agreement, each ...

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Two Coast counties approve regional tourism board

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Supervisors in Harrison and Hancock counties have voted to support a regional tourism board that would promote the entire Gulf Coast. Jackson County supervisors discussed the proposal yesterday but didn’t vote on it, saying they need more information. Once approved by the three counties, The Sun Herald reports it would need the approval of the Legislature. ...

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