Home » 2013 » November » 22

Daily Archives: November 22, 2013

BOBBY HARRISON: Dynamics of U.S. Senate race take shape in Mississippi

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi — In recent years, Republicans’ efforts to take over the United States Senate have been thwarted at least in part by the ultra-conservative wing of the party – i.e., the Tea Party. In Nevada, Delaware, Missouri, Indiana, Alaska, to name a few, the Republicans have lost what at one time were considered likely victories by nominating ...

Read More »

State Department: North Korea confirms it is holding American

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Friday that North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn’t granted diplomats consular access so the person’s identity is not yet confirmed. Expectation is that it will be Merrill Newman of California. The 85-year old Korean War veteran’s family says he was detained at the end of a tourist trip to ...

Read More »

UMMC’s Landmark purchase gets IHL nod

A sizable chunk of downtown Jackson’s vacant office space will soon move to the occupied side of the ledger with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s planned purchase of the Landmark Center. The two-year-wait for an occupant for the 366,500 square-foot building at the corner of Capitol and Lamar streets ended Thursday with UMMC getting a green light from the ...

Read More »

REBUILDING — Miss. leads nation in construction job growth

Mississippi’s construction industry finally has hard figures that show it is rebounding. In fact, the state tops the nation in construction employment growth. According to numbers released by the Associated General Contractors, from October 2012 to October 2013, Mississippi added 9,300 construction jobs and posted a gain of 19.1 percent, number one in the U.S. Connecticut (11.0 percent), Louisiana (8.3 ...

Read More »

BILL CRAWFORD: There is no political will to fix PERS

By Bill Crawford Ask your favorite state or local officials if they have seen this statement: “A contribution rate of 16.29% of active members’ compensation for the 2014/2015 fiscal year would be needed in order to keep the anticipated accrued liability payment within 30 years in accordance with GASB Statements 25 and 27.” It’s at the bottom of Page One ...

Read More »

Hunters can expect to see bigger bucks as gun season opens

This could be the Year of the Trophy Buck in Mississippi. Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year as hunters prepared to take ...

Read More »

Dutschke accused of trying to frame Curtis for ricin letters again

TUPELO — A Mississippi man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been charged with trying for a second time to frame the man first arrested in the case — this time, by having someone else send a poisoned letter. James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters ...

Read More »

City mulling plan to use waste for electricity, water purification

OXFORD — The city Oxford is exploring a partnership using municipal sewage to generate electricity while purifying wastewater. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the city is looking at a proposal from Synergy-World Energy LLC and Langenburg Technologies LLC. Public Works director Bart Robinson says the company will pull organic materials from the city’s wastewater and using the materials ...

Read More »

PGA golf tournament officially sets new November date

MADISON — The Sanderson Farms Championship has officially set the tournament for Nov. 6–9, 2014 at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison. The date change will allow the tournament to compete at the front end of the PGA TOUR’s 2014-2015 official schedule, the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. By doing so, it will not be ...

Read More »

Supreme Court tosses doctor's breach of contract lawsuit

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.27-million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. The court ordered a new hearing in Hinds County on the issue of damages. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish ...

Read More »