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Mississippi to receive $33M from S&P settlement

by Published: February 3,2015

Tags: Business, Connecticut, Jim Hood, Mississippi, NEWS, S&P, Standard & Poor's

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi will receive $33 million from a national settlement with Standard & Poor’s over allegations that it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger the financial crisis in 2008. Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that Mississippi sued S&P in 2011, joining with […] [...]

Acting Vicksburg park supt coming from Lincoln Birthplace

VICKSBURG — The superintendent of a national park in Kentucky is coming to Vicksburg as acting superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Bill Justice’s appointment begins Feb. 8. He’s currently superintendent of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hogenville, Kentucky. This won’t be his first time working for the […] [...]

JOSH MABUS — Mississippi’s Healthcare: Not a quality problem, a marketing problem

by Published: January 29,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, public relations

An integral part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi initiative is utilizing healthcare as an economic development driver for our state. During a recent Healthcare Huddle, an awareness-building tour, Governor Phil Bryant recently shared a fact that floored the audience: Mississippi is one of the best places in the United States for doctors to […] [...]

D’Iberville man sentenced for oil spill fraud conspiracy

GULFPORT — A 34-year-old D’Iberville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden this week also ordered Jason Richard Woodcock to pay $105,383 in restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility and $17,092 to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. […] [...]

Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, […] [...]

Judge names receiver for KiOR plant, but tax payment unclear

JACKSON — A Lowndes County judge has appointed a receiver to watch over KiOR’s Columbus biofuel refinery, as owners and creditors seek a buyer. Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns on Monday named Derek Henderson, a Jackson lawyer who serves as a trustee in bankruptcy cases, as the receiver for the plant. The move came at the […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

by Published: January 26,2015

Tags: Alabama, Business, education, jobs, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, Politics

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.   Huh?   The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as […] [...]

Miss. casino revenue flat in December, down for all of 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi’s 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994. The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Doug McDaniel credits the influence of his father for success

A critical function for leaders is to define the situation at hand for their organizations.  Napoleon is quoted as saying, “The role of the leader is to define reality and give hope.” Similarly, famed GECEO Jack Welch’s once said, “Deal with the world as it is, not how you’d like it to be.” Defining reality […] [...]

Three arrested for cattle rustling in Hinds County

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, announced that three individuals were recently arrested for livestock theft and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Pinehaven Drive in Hinds County. Lead MALTB […] [...]

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