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County hit by employee insurance premium hike

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County may have to absorb an $80,000 increase in health insurance premiums for employees. The Neshoba Democrat reported the 10-percent rate increase is projected for the new year as the Board of Supervisors works to put together a fiscal year 2014 budget. The increase would go into effect on Oct. 1 if the county renews its current ...

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UMMC to lease hospital; take on long-term debt

GRENADA — The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to lease Grenada-Lake Medical Center for at least 20 years, paying for the lease by taking on the hospital’s $35 million in long-term debt. The College Board’s Finance Committee discussed the plan in a closed session today and the board is expected to vote tomorrow. The Grenada County Board of Supervisors, ...

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Woman follows husband's lead, pleads guilty to shipping scheme

BILOXI — A woman has pleaded guilty as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi. Jennifer Griswold waived indictment and pleaded guilty today to one count of withholding information on a crime, says her lawyer, Peter Barrett. Griswold had been charged with conspiracy, but agreed to plead guilty to the other charge. Dustin Lee Griswold ...

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CARTER: NYC vodka protest brings return of Stoli Syndrome

Let me ask ya’ll this: Say you are a plumber. Would you remember a screw up going back three decades? I’m not talking about the time you parked your butt on a bathroom sink and caused the whole thing to come crashing down and water to pour out like the Banzai Pipeline. You know, a screw up much more subtle ...

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Two storms could threaten Gulf — one as quickly as this weekend

Two possible tropical storms are developing just in time for the traditional peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. One system is forming between Cuba and Central America and the National Hurricane Center estimates it has a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 2 days, and a 60 percent chance of doing so within five ...

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UMMC in talks to make Jackson’s Landmark home for 300 workers

JACKSON, Mississippi — Downtown’s long vacant Landmark Center is the preferred choice of the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center for a new workplace for around 300 information technology workers and other support staff, the Mississippi Business Journal first reported Wednesday. The governing board of the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning would have to approve UMMC’s purchase of the 340,000 square-foot ...

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Hosemann files brief against SEC over Morgan Keegan settlement

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit filed against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning the Morgan Keegan settlement. The case demands the SEC finally distribute millions of dollars in settlement funds to Mississippi investors. “Injured Mississippi investors have been stopped from receiving their own money by their own government. ...

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Airport director petitions city for more financial support

TUPELO — Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson says struggling finances and fewer passengers require a change in the financial relationship between the airport and the city of Tupelo. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that after meeting in closed session yesterday about a lease at the airport, City Council members did not take any action. However, Abramson says ...

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Casino planning $50M hotel tower renovation on Coast

GULFPORT — Island View Casino Resort is expanding with a planned $50 million investment to transform a hotel tower vacant since Hurricane Katrina into a 400-room hotel and convention center. The Sun Herald reported the tower on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 had been part of Grand Casino Gulfport before Katrina struck in August 2005. Island View owners ...

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