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Analysis: Lawmakers squabble over election-year tax cuts

JACKSON — It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax cut will survive, if any. That […] [...]

Memorial for ex-speaker of Mississippi House set for Tuesday

JACKSON — A memorial service is set for former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford, who died of a heart attack Friday in Oxford. He was 63. The Balch & Bingham law firm, where Ford was a partner, announced Sunday that visitation is 3-5 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Parkway Funeral Home and Memorial […] [...]

Barbour to lead Butler Snow economic development firm

RIDGELAND — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is among the leaders of a new economic development firm formed by Ridgeland-based Butler Snow LLP. The law firm said Monday that Barbour will serve as chairman of VisionFirst Advisors, which will provide strategic analysis and identify market opportunities for organizations. He will be joined by former Florida […] [...]

Ex-prison boss and businessman admit to bribery scheme

JACKSON — A former prison official and a businessman are admitting guilt in a bribery scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and helped the one-time head of Mississippi’s Corrections Department buy a home in a gated subdivision, a beachfront condo and top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz vehicles. “I’m sorry for what I’ve […] [...]

D’Iberville agrees to sell Ocean Expo land

by Published: February 25,2015

Tags: Business, City of D'Iberville, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS

D’IVERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have agreed to sell the Ocean Expo site along Interstate 10 to Ramco Real Estate for $7.6 million. The Sun Herald reports Wednesday the sale sets up a scenario, where one deal leads to another. Ramco, owned by D’Iberville developer and auto dealer Robert Mandal Jr., put down a $25,000 deposit […] [...]

New Orleans congestion keeps Chiquita Gulfport port

GULFPORT — Chiquita containers filled with paper arrive by truck and rail at the State Port in Gulfport where they are stored for later movement to New Orleans for southbound shipment. Along with its own cargo, Crowley Liner Services is shipping into Gulfport northbound Chiquita containers loaded with produce. Chiquita moved to New Orleans in October […] [...]

More money needed to get Biloxi baseball stadium open on time

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi will either have to pay a $10,000 fine for every home game that can’t be played in the new Shuckers’ stadium, or chip in $1 million to get it ready for opening day on April 21. City attorney Gina Tompkins said Tuesday the city doesn’t have a $1 million. […] [...]

2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based […] [...]

J. Craig Stepan chosen as new leader for Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway board

by Published: February 25,2015

Tags: Business, Golden Triangle, J. Craig Stepan, Mississippi, NEWS

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has hired an Alabama man as its new administrator. The hiring of J. Craig Stepan of Fairhope, Alabama, was announced in a news release. Stepan succeeds Bruce Windham who resigned last year due to illness. Stepan will also be president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, the authority’s […] [...]

Leflore supervisors approve private prison deal

by Published: February 25,2015

Tags: Business, economic development, Greenwood, Mississippi, NEWS

GREENWOOD — Leflore County is agreeing to sell additional land outside the current Delta Correctional Facility’s fences to help a private prison operator in its pursuit of a contract to house federal inmates there. Utahbased Management and Training Corp. is bidding on Federal Bureau of Prisons contract. It would need to expand the currently shuttered […] [...]

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