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Plaintiff wants Pilot Flying J case shifted to S. Miss.

NASHVILLE — A dozen federal lawsuits against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at privately held Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer. Various plaintiffs have asked for the cases to be ...

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Wet, cool weather impacted winter wheat's growth, harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Producers are bringing in Mississippi’s amber waves of grain later than usual, but sunny weather has allowed them to make strong progress on the winter wheat harvest during the last two weeks. Wet conditions that began in February and cooler-than-normal conditions in March, April and most of May delayed the crop’s maturity. Erick Larson, small grains agronomist ...

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Redevelopment Authority gives Jackson convention hotel deal thumbs up

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority Wednesday unanimous approved a trade agreement with a Tampa hotel management and development company that wants to build a $60 million convention center hotel here. Robinson Callen Develoment says it is eager to move ahead with the 330-room hotel and wants to break ground within six months. The saving grace of this project, ...

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Renasant, First M&F shareholders endorse merger

TUPELO, Mississippi — Affirmative shareholder votes Tuesday cleared the way for Renasant to begin a $119 million acquisition of Kosciusko’s First M&F Corp. The acquisition gives the $4.2 billion regional bank based in Tupelo a Central Mississippi presence and increased market shares in the northern part of the state as well as in Tennessee and Alabama. Tupelo’s Renasant announced the ...

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Town rebuilding from tornado forced to cut plans due to funding

SMITHVILLE — The town board in Smithville has scaled back plans for a new government office complex. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus they are not getting everything on their wish list but it will be close and within the $660,000 budget. Smithville city attorney Sam Griffie says aldermen will now have to thoroughly review all the contracts. He says that ...

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Shareholders approve Renasant-First M&F merger

TUPELO and KOSCIUSKO — The purchase of First M&F Corp. by fellow Mississippi bank Renasant Corp. is going forward. Shareholders of both banks approved the merger today. Shareholders of First M&F, based in Kosciusko, will own about 20 percent of the merged bank. Tupelo-based Renasant will pay $143 million in stock to First M&F shareholders. Renasant will repay $30 million ...

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BREAKING: High court strikes down federal marriage provision

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4. ...

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Ribbon to be cut on new interactive exhibit at Ag Museum

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with the members of Farm Families of Mississippi, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to showcase a new agriculture exhibit on display at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The exhibit, donated by the Farm Families of Mississippi, showcases the importance and contributions of Mississippi agriculture. The exhibit ...

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Group says purchase of historic home should wrap up this fall

VAIDEN — Organizers say the acquisition of Cotesworth as a cultural and heritage landmark should be complete by late fall. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports state Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, told Carroll County supervisors this week that with the help of $2 million from Legislature and private donations, the ancestral home of 19th century U.S. Sen. J.Z. George will be purchased, ...

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