Archive for August, 2012

City Hall Annex ruled unsafe; personnel moving to temp sites

by Associated Press Published: August 31,2012

Tags: building, city, city hall, facility, government, municipal, municipality, personnel, relocate, structure, unsafe, worker

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg’s City Hall Annex has been declared unsafe and seven of eight departments housed there are moving out. Mayor Paul Winfield tells the Vicksburg Post departments would move beginning Friday to temporary offices in other buildings. Winfield said he and aldermen would move meetings from the annex to the Vicksburg […] [...]

Read September 3 issue of MBJ

by MBJ Staff Published: August 31,2012

Tags: damages cap, Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, texting, tort reform

>> HURRICANE ISAAC Windpool, private insurer on coast confident they can handle risks— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> TORT REFORM Damages cap issue not gone for good— by Clay Chandler >> TORT CONT. As next challenge forms, current cap statute likely to remain as-is— by Clay Chandler >>READY TO FLY New Gulfport-Biloxi Airport director, Clay Williams, […] [...]

More than 80,000 without power from Isaac; Coast residents assess damage

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2012

Tags: closed, closure, federal; govewrnment, hurricane, park, storm, transportation, travel, tree, tropical

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Utility companies say they are working to restore power to nearly 89,000 customers in south and central Mississippi. Many utility crews were called in Wednesday night after winds from Isaac got too strong. Crews were back out early yesterday. Entergy officials say there were 38,250 customers without power and nearly 700,000 outages […] [...]

Study finds Jackson has lowest commercial real estate cost

by MBJ Staff Published: August 30,2012

Tags: building, Business, commercial, COST, industrial, lease, office, price, property, real estate, rent, rental, study, trade association

JACKSON — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, using the results from the 2012 Experience Exchange Report (EER), has compiled a list of the most and least expensive commercial real estate city-markets in the United States. The annual report aggregates rental income and operating expense figures from the previous year; in 2011, data […] [...]

City mulling public transit system using Indiana company

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2012

Tags: city, leader, municipal, municipality, public, tourism, tourist, transit, transportation, travel, vacation, visitor

COLUMBUS — City of Columbus officials want to talk with the owner of a Lawrence, Ind., bus company with the possibility of providing a local public transportation service. The Commercial Dispatch 10 buses might be available for a Columbus-area transit system. Travis Jones, the city’s director of federal programs, says Criss Reeding, owner of Lawrence […] [...]

Livability.com: Oxford second-best college town in U.S.

by MBJ Staff Published: August 30,2012

Tags: college, college town, education, higher education, rank, ranking, university

OXFORD — The home of the University of Mississippi has been named one of the nation’s top college towns. Livability.com ranks the city of Oxford No. 2 on its third-annual listing of top college towns. It was No. 9 on last year’s list and this year ranks right behind College Station, Texas, home of new […] [...]

Bradley Arant makes ABA’s ‘Top 100′ ranking

by MBJ Staff Published: August 30,2012

Tags: attorney, best, law, law firm, lawyer, list, rank, ranking, trade association

JACKSON — Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP has been named a “Top 100 Group Firm” by the American Bar Association (ABA). Honorees are featured in the August issue of the ABA Journal. The “Top 100 Group Firm” honorees are local lawyers and firms that support the ABA’s efforts to promote and protect the profession and […] [...]

Gas station owners arrested for price gouging during Isaac

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2012

Tags: arrest, gas station, law, law enforcement, price gouging, retail, severe weather, storm, tropical, Weather

NATCHEZ and MADISON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says two gas station owners were arrested yesterday and charged with price gouging during a state of emergency that’s in place because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Hood says 50-year-old Rajinder Singh of Madison was arrested at his Fuel Time gas station in Jackson. He also says […] [...]

Boats on Mississippi weathering Isaac, but low water remains concern

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2012

Tags: barge, boat, drought, dry, hurricane, rain, severe weather, ship, shipping, storm, towboat, tropical weather, water level, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard said vessels along the Mississippi River were weathering Tropical Storm Isaac today and there were no reports of loose barges. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets said the river remained closed to shipping. The Coast Guard and port officials were expected to begin inspecting conditions today as a first […] [...]

Judge considers arguments in damage cap lawsuit

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2012

Tags: appeal, bench, cap, court, damage, injury, judge, judicial, judiciary, law, noneconomic, reform, tort

NEW ORLEANS — Each side in a Mississippi tort case has urged a federal appeals court to decide in its favor. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week it does not have enough information to decide whether the state’s limit on noneconomic damages — as applied to a federal lawsuit — is constitutional. The 5th […] [...]

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