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Landmark final offer for DOR HQ came in $10M above South Pointe’s

  With a 20-year-lease offer of $48.5 million on the table, downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center held a clear lead in the competition to become the new headquarters of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Rivals South Pointe Business Park in Clinton and Diversified Technologies complex in Ridgeland presented offers of $51.4 million and $53.4 million, respectively. But in the next phase ...

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DOR workers thrilled about pending move

Here’s proof that things can seem horribly bad one week and just peachy the next. On March 18, employees of the Mississippi Department of Revenue endured the ear-splitting sound of a hail onslaught banging on a tin roof and aluminum walls. Seven days later, they heard the wonderful words they’ve awaited for nearly two decades: “We’re moving.” With that announcement, ...

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State's winter wheat crop struggling with cool weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cool temperatures through March kept some Mississippians comfortable, but they slowed the development of wheat, the state’s only row crop grown through winter. Erick Larson, corn and wheat state specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wheat acreage is high this year, with 420,000 acres planted in the fall. State growers planted 500,000 acres in ...

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Emergency loan deadline nearing for victims of Feb. 10 storm

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private non-profit (PNP) organizations in Mississippi of the April 22 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began Feb. 10. The SBA offers low interest disaster loans to private non-profit organizations for physical losses up to its loan limits.  Loan ...

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Five candidates seek Gardner's vacant House seat

PANOLA COUNTY and TATE COUNTY — Five candidates were running in a special election today in House District 11 to complete the term of the late state Rep. Joe C. Gardner. Gardner, a Democrat from Batesville, died in February. He had been a member of the Mississippi House since 2007. He represented District 11, which includes parts of Panola and ...

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State lawmaker switching parties to GOP

PONTOTOC — State Sen. Nicky Browning of Pontotoc is switching to the Republican Party. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, made the announcement today. Browning has served in the Legislature as a Democrat since 1996. He is chairman of the Senate County Affairs Committee. Reeves described Browning in a news release as a strong social and fiscal conservative. Browning is ...

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Dems hold 'public hearing' on education funding

JACKSON — Mississippi Democrats have renewed their calls for more education funding in the state budget. At a meeting billed as a “Democratic Public Hearing,” Rep. Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, lamented the consistent gaps between education funding determined by the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and what has been approved by the state legislature. He said that lawmakers’ debates about charter schools ...

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Fall at Capitol may have saved lawmaker's life

CARTHAGE — Mississippi Rep. Bennett Malone was in surgery yesterday for a pelvic aneurysm. Malone, a 69-year-old Democrat from Carthage, was hospitalized last week after he fell down stairs at the state Capitol. His wife, Theresa Malone, says the fall inadvertently may have saved his life, because a cautionary MRI revealed the large aneurysm. She said doctors told her the ...

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Authority terminates contract over ethics violation

GULFPORT — The Harrison County Utility Authority has voted to terminate S.H. Anthony, Inc.’s contract for operation and maintenance of its facilities. Members said company owner Sean Anthony violated board and state ethics policies when he financed a car for then-director Kamran Pahlavan in 2011. Jim Simpson, attorney for the authority, said the Utility Authority must give Anthony 30 days ...

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School district finishes assessment of tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Estimates are in on the dollar amount of the damage done to Hattiesburg Public School District property by the Feb. 10 tornado. Willie Burton, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, tells the Hattiesburg American it’s between $5 million to $6 million for cleanup and rebuilding. The district’s transportation center, transportation office, driver training center and bus barn were ...

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