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Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID law

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a statement in response to an article from a university educator who criticized Mississippi’s voter ID law. Hosemann wrote: “A recent editorial article by Alan Draper of St. Lawrence University is so misleading, inaccurate and an example of lazy journalism mixed with weakly guised prejudice, I […] [...]

New York firm buying majority interest in Tupelo mall, shopping center

TUPELO — Rouse Properties Inc., a New York-based owner and operator of enclosed regional malls, has entered a joint venture partnership with David Hocker & Associates Inc. to own and operate The Mall at Barnes Crossing, a single-level, 670,000-square-foot enclosed regional mall in Tupelo. The joint venture also includes Market Center, a 60,000-square-foot strip shopping […] [...]

Pickering issues demand to Judge for program mismanagement

JACKSON — Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor’s Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005. “The financial management […] [...]

Bryant creates task force to explore Delta water resources

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In […] [...]

Is cotton looking too good? Farmers facing weaker prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cotton is looking good across the state as bolls open and harvest nears, but increased cotton acreage planted across the country means lower prices on this year’s crop. In its Aug. 24 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 17 percent of Mississippi’s cotton is in excellent condition and 54 percent in […] [...]

A.M. Best gives AmFed a ‘B++’; outlook is stable

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb+” to AmFed National Insurance Company and its 100% reinsured subsidiary, AmFed Casualty Insurance Company, collectively referred to as AmFed Insurance Group. The outlook assigned to these ratings is stable. A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings and […] [...]

August 29th Digital Edition

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: construction, FOCUS, MBJ, Mississippi Business Journal, real estate

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Bryant issues executive order to establish Delta water task force

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Under the direction of the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the task force is charged to work together to ensure that the Delta will have future sustainable water supplies. In […] [...]

State improves heartworm diagnosis ranking, but still third-highest in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — There’s good and bad news for Mississippi’s pets. The good news is the Magnolia State has slightly improved its position in the battle against one of the deadliest diseases threatening dogs and cats. The bad news, according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), which conducts a nationwide incidence survey every three years, […] [...]

Isle of Capri reports decreased in-state revenues; experiencing ‘market pressures’

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. Company-wide, net revenue for the quarter was $241.6 million, compared to $238.0 million in the prior year quarter, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA was $43.7 million, compared to $41.9 million in the same quarter of the […] [...]

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