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CCIM forum to spotlight real estate economic forecast

A forum titled “Commercial Real Estate an Economic Forecast” is on tab Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Association of Realtors headquarters at 4274 Lakeland Drive. The forum presented by the Mississippi CCIM Chapter includes a panel discussion by Fountain Barksdale, Bank Plus; Jonathan Gould, Stonemar Realty; Paul Gunn, Watkins Eager Law Firm; Dr. Matthew Hill, University of Mississippi; David Hoster ...

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Senate passes charter school bill, Bryant will sign

After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped to preserve more elements of the ...

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Charter schools get the vote; bill now goes to Gov. Bryant's desk

After two years of struggle, a bill to make it easier to create charter schools is on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The State Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday to approve House Bill 369, which widens legal authority for charter schools. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says he had hoped to preserve more elements of the ...

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Southern decides against federal loan for Kemper coal plant

KEMPER COUNTY — The Southern Co. has withdrawn plans to seek a federal loan guarantee for the power plant its subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is building in Kemper County. A spokesman for Atlanta-based Southern says Mississippi Power can borrow money elsewhere at a lower rate than available under the loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, cutting the costs of ...

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Insurers see more than 40,000 hailstorm claims; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — Mississippi’s major insurance carriers have reported to the Mississippi Insurance Department that as of late March they have received over 40,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims as a result of the March 18 hailstorm that hit Jackson and the surrounding area. They have paid out over $25 million in claims, according to the MID. “The department is ...

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Hinds, The W cook up new culinary arts agreement

COLUMBUS and RAYMOND — A new partnership will allow those completing an associate’s degree in culinary arts at Hinds Community College to finish their four-year degree on the Jackson campus with Mississippi University for Women. The enhanced 2 Plus 2 program in culinary arts will provide a seamless transition to the baccalaureate degree and will serve students in the Jackson ...

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Council approves new beer/light wine ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg City Council has adopted an ordinance to open downtown streets to the sale and consumption of beer and light wine during special events. The ordinance allows retailers with a current permit to sell beer and light wine on downtown streets closed for special events such as HUBFEST and the fall and spring downtown Art Walks. The Hattiesburg ...

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Son wins special election to fill late father's House seat

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Karl Gibbs will be filling the remaining three years of the House District 36 seat for his late father, Rep. David Gibbs. Complete but unofficial returns show Gibbs received 57 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special election over Eddie Longstreet. House District 36 includes parts of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe counties. The seat was left vacant ...

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CRAWFORD: PERS allowed to take higher risks

While you were sleeping the Governor and Legislature gave PERS authority to make higher risk investments with retirement funds. House Bill 990, introduced by the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc, and co-sponsored by committee chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville, passed the House 82 to 3 and the Senate 52 to 0 and was signed ...

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Reports mixed on which Coast city won in annexation case

D’IBERVILLE — The annexation battle between Biloxi and D’Iberville is finally over, and representatives for D’Iberville say they are the winners. The area in dispute was along Mississippi Highway 67. The state Supreme Court on March 21 upheld the annexation ruling that kept in Harrison County part of the annexation area requested by both cities and split the remaining land ...

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