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Foreclosures, late mortgage payments down in Jackson, rest of state

JACKSON, Mississippi — More metro Jackson homeowners are making their mortgage loan payments on time and staying out of foreclosure, real estate research and data firm CoreLogic reported Wednesday, and noted metro foreclosures finished June below the national average. Foreclosures and tardy mortgage payments decreased statewide as well in June, CoreLogic said. For June, CoreLogic data showed that the rate ...

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Belhaven University named "College of Distinction"

JACKSON- For a fourth year, Belhaven University was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Belhaven University was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. “We focus on colleges ...

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Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by the claims administrator’s office didn’t ...

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'Colonel Reb' title now 'Mr. Ole Miss'

OXFORD — When students at the University of Mississippi vote this fall on their favorite campus personalities, “Colonel Reb” won’t be on the ballot. Instead, students will pick from candidates for “Mr. Ole Miss,” a popularly elected male honor roughly equivalent to the female honor “Miss Ole Miss.” Fall personality elections are Sept. 24 Student judicial leaders last spring declared ...

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Hearing set to begin next month in lawsuit over county bonds

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments Sept. 10 in a lawsuit challenging the county’s plan to borrow $14 million for courthouse renovations and for three recreational facilities. The county board of supervisors voted in June to issue the bonds. WTOK-TV in Meridian reports that a lawsuit against the bond issue was filed this summer in chancery court. ...

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Boat company sues over work on MDMR boat

HARRISON COUNTY — A Gulf Coast business says the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources brought in a boat for repairs and refitting and now the company wants to be paid $93,325 for work on the 45-foot cabin cruiser. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in Harrison County. The Sun Herald reports that the business, Competition Marine, which has worked on ...

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City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike. Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 cubic feet. With those rates, ...

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Alabama developer's wetlands trial reset for October

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Alabama real estate developer’s trial on federal charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has been changed to Oct. 7 because of problems brought on by budget cuts. The Sun Herald reports the trial of William R. Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., was set for last week but a judge agreed to delay ...

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Voters say no to new tax for recreational development

GAUTIER — The Gautier recreation department will not be getting any improvements. At least not right now. The Sun Herald reports residents voted down a referendum Tuesday in a special election to levy a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and prepared food and beverages. The referendum received only 54 percent of vote. It needed 60 percent to pass. Mayor ...

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