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Oxford unanimously passes pro-LGBT resolution

Oxford has unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Oxford joins two other Mississippi cities — Starkville and Hattiesburg — which both passed similar resolutions earlier this year. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement: “Like so many cities ...

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Butler Snow expands Alabama presence; adds 19 attorneys

RIDGELAND — Butler Snow has expanded its Birmingham, Ala., office as 19 attorneys join the firm, bringing the total number of attorneys in Birmingham to 24 and nearly 280 firm-wide. “We are pleased to have this group of attorneys join us in Birmingham, one of our strategic growth markets,” said Donald Clark Jr., chairman, Butler Snow. Attorney’s joining Butler Snow’s ...

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Airbus Helicopters to make AStars in Golden Triangle

COLUMBUS —Airbus Helicopters Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) is bringing production of AStar helicopters to Columbus. WCBI reports company officials made the announcement yesterday. “The plant here in Columbus has been in charge of Lakota. Our next step, which has been decided, is the production of the AStar — the very successful helicopter AStar — here in Columbus, Miss. We will ...

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Training to be offered on working large animal rescues

What should people be aware of when coming to the aid of large animals involved in accidents and disasters? To answer that question, Mississippi State University is hosting a two-day training program in late March to make emergency responders aware of issues involved in large animal rescues. The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Course will be held March 29-30 ...

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Cochran supports House's version of flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is praising the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that, like a Senate-passed bill he helped write, would protect homeowners, businesses and communities from unreasonable flood insurance premiums without jeopardizing the stability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Cochran said the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HR.3370) that the ...

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Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action in the fulfillment of her ...

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NPS releases economic impact study of Natchez Trace

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, U.S. Geological Survey economists, and ...

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Two companies fined for violations of 'No-Call' law

JACKSON — Two companies, including one based in Mississippi, have been found in violation of the state’s ‘No-Call’ law. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced Public Service Commission-ordered fines totaling $40,000. Higher Impact Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., was fined $15,000, while Mississippi-based Diverse Solutions, LLC, was fined $25,000. Neither company registered as telephone solicitors with the state of Mississippi, yet ...

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Report: Mississippi only state to see drop in home prices

IRVINE, Calif. — CoreLogic has released its January CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) report, and it shows that Mississippi is the only state to show a depreciation in home prices. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 12 percent in January 2014 compared to January 2013. This change represents 23 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally. On ...

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