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Highway revenue study committee to start work in May

One of the last things the Senate did before adjourning the first week of April was pass a resolution forming a committee to study revenues and expenditures deemed necessary to expand and maintain Mississippi’s highways. The committee will have 19 members, and its findings will be presented to the entire Legislature next session. Members have to be selected by the ...

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Millsaps class finishes up Fondren theater market research project

The developers of a proposed dine-in theater in Fondren will soon have some market research to serve as a guide moving forward. A marketing class at Millsaps College wrapped earlier this week a survey designed to gauge overall demand and consumer interest in certain parts the theater, which is being developed by Jackson attorneys Jason Watkins and David Pharr. The ...

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Health care zone college and university criteria bill goes to governor

The list of ways to set up a Healthcare Industry Zone is likely close to growing by one. Lawmakers have passed and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation that would allow the Mississippi Development Authority to establish the incentive-laden zones in areas where a health care facility sits within a five-mile radius of a college university that awards health care-related ...

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Nissan bond bill advances

The Senate passed with little debate Wednesday a bill that would authorize the Madison County Economic Development Authority to issue up to $100 million in bonds for an expansion of the Nissan plant in Canton. The bonds would not be general obligation, but would be classified as revenue-only. Nissan would service the bonds via lease payments for the buildings. Neither ...

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Raise Your Pints shifts gears

Raise Your Pints is moving on to the next phase of its mission. “We’re still going to stay relevant, but it’s going to be more of an education and promotion type aspect where we continue to educate retailers about craft beer, help upcoming breweries, help with beer events, homebrew competitions, things like that,” said Craig Hendry, RYP president. “We don’t ...

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Bill would revamp tourism marketing, funding

Lawmakers will hash out their differences on a bill that would revamp how the state markets itself as a tourist destination, and how those activities are funded. Senate Bill 2565 would establish the Mississippi Tourism Advisory Board that would serve to help the Mississippi Development Authority develop strategies for advertising and marketing the state’s tourism attractions. The bill would also ...

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Alabama court ruling could boost Mississippi’s business recruitment

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Alabama could threaten to roll back some of the principles of that state’s tort reform efforts. It could also give Mississippi an advantage when the two states are pursuing the same economic development projects. Innovator liability is the theory the Alabama court’s decision codified. It essentially allows brand name pharmaceutical companies to ...

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State courts not bound by federal court’s cap ruling

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on noneconomic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause does not necessarily mean state courts have to abide by the ruling. The cap was considered the centerpiece of tort reform, with supporters saying it would guarantee businesses’ liability insurance premiums ...

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PSC approves multi-year rate plan for Kemper coal plant

Mississippi Public Service commissioners voted 2-1 last Tuesday to approve a multi-year rate plan for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. Terms of the plan call for the utility to receive $99 million in construction-work-in-progress funds for the rest of 2013. That will create a rate increase between 12 and 13 percent for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours ...

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