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Tupelo apartment complex demolition delayed amid possible sale

Real Estate

By CALEB BEDILLION/Daily Journal The Tupelo city council pulled back Tuesday night from ordering the demolition of three local apartment buildings following the report of a potentially imminent sale. Tupelo’s Code Enforcement division has for years wrangled with President’s Gate Apartments, located on Lawndale Drive. Code Enforcement had this week requested the Tupelo City Council approve an order of demolition ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Transparency act ignites probable first salvo of the 2019 statewide campaign


Don’t look now, but it appears that Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only elected Democrat, is gearing up to run for governor. Hood, a Chickasaw County native, has never been bashful about sharing his opinion, but in recent months he has been more vocal in criticizing the fiscal policy of the Legislature’s Republican leadership, and to a lesser degree Gov. Phil ...

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2016 season began with small shrimp, low prices


Selling directly to the public takes longer, but it allows fishermen to make some profit from a shrimp season that has been below average so far this year in Mississippi. Dave Burrage, commercial and recreational fisheries specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said shrimp landed in Mississippi have been small through mid-June. “Shrimp season opened June 6, and ...

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AG Hood hints at lawsuit over budget woes

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a lawsuit may be filed if his official opinions are ignored and there are efforts “to sweep up” special funds designated for specific purposes to prop up a cash-depleted state budget. “I just want them to follow what they wrote,” said Hood, who met with the media Monday ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship


Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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Mission S-IC: NASA Saturn V moon rocket stage moving to Mississippi

The last Saturn V stage to be built departs the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on June 16. (NASA/MSFC)

More than four decades after its mission to the moon was canceled, NASA’s last-assembled Saturn V rocket stage has been launched on a journey to become a roadside attraction. “We are putting it on display along Interstate 10, one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the country. People will be able to see it as they enter Mississippi from ...

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Outgoing leader would adhere to AG opinion


By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – Kevin Upchurch, the outgoing state fiscal officer, said this week if he was still in office on July 1 he would adhere to the official opinions of the Attorney General’s office, meaning the state would have less revenue than originally thought for the upcoming budget year. The state fiscal officer, who also serves ...

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Rice crop is well underway in state

rice crop

It was clear by early June that spring’s wet, cool weather caused few issues for Mississippi’s rice crop, as growers got it planted on time and the emerged crop  looks good overall. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that as of June 5, the crop was 99 percent planted and 97 percent emerged. Of that acreage, 78 percent was in ...

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Hood: Legislature can’t legally take some special funds

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The uncertainty about the state budget for the quickly approaching new fiscal year, starting July 1, might have intensified, based on three official opinions recently issued by the office of Attorney General Jim Hood. The official opinions, issued upon the request of the Secretary of State’s office, the Torts Claims Board and for the AG’s ...

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AGRIBUSINESS — Surplus drives down dairy farmer profits

Increased milk production nationwide is driving down profits for Mississippi dairy farmers. (Photo by Kat Lawrence/MSU Extension Service)

An abundance of cool-season grasses and legumes means plenty of forage for Mississippi dairy cows, but increased nationwide milk production is driving down profits for the state’s producers. Producers are receiving $12.75 per hundredweight, or about $1.10 per gallon of milk. A year ago, they were being paid just under $20 per hundredweight. Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the ...

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