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George Flaggs regrets repayment flaw in lending law

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, payday lenders

The former chairman of the Mississippi House Banking Committee gave strong support in 2012 to renewal of the state’s payday lending law. The chairman’s enthusiasm even led him to lead the push to remove sunset provisions and make payday lending permanent in Mississippi. George Flaggs, elected mayor of Vicksburg last year after 26 years in […] [...]

Mike Chaney gives large businesses one-year waiver to make coverage ACA compliant

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Affordable Care Act, busiiness, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

The Mississippi Department of Insurance says it is encouraged by sign-up levels for an Internet-based small business health insurance exchange that has already completed a series of open enrollments. The federal Affordable Care Act gives states the option of operating a Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, marketplace. Mississippi is calling its SHOP One, […] [...]

Healthcare Marketplace to look much the same in 2015

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

Humana and Magnolia Health will stay the course in their Mississippi health insurance marketplace exchanges in the coming year. The only change is Magnolia’s request to add a pair of counties to its coverage area. Humana has applied to continue coverage in 40 of the state’s 82 counties, including the urban counties of Hinds, Rankin, […] [...]

Tragedy for Jackson Prep: Football player Walker Wilbanks dies

by Published: August 25,2014

Tags: Jackson Preparatory School

Jackson Preparatory School football player Walker Wilbanks died Monday after coming off the field and  complaining of illness during the school’s home opener Friday night against Oxford. The official cause of death was listed as cerebral adema secondary to exercise associated hyponatremia. Joe Pressler, the high school junior’s lead physician at University of Mississippi Medical Center, said […] [...]

Higher rates for Humana, lower for Magnolia ahead on health exchange

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: buisnes, education, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

Mississippians on the state’s federally run health insurance exchange will see both increases and decreases in premiums starting Jan. 1. Mississippi has two only two insurers on the plan, Humana of Louisville, Ky., and Magnolia Health Plan, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene. Humana covers about 42,000 people and Magnolia about 20,000. The federal government, […] [...]

State Health Department says pair of casino workers contracted TB

TUNICA, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has confirmed two recent cases of active tuberculosis (TB) contracted by workers at two casinos in Tunica. Health officials have yet to identify the casinos. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The MSDH has been working closely with the […] [...]

State’s MAGIC accounting system works, albeit with glitches

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Mississippi state government’s $100 million accounting system that launched July 1 made nearly 100,000 employee and vendor payments in July, but came in late on slightly more than two dozen contract worker payments. Human error caused the 26 contract payments to be a few days late, the Department of Finance & Administration said. In the […] [...]

MBJ Special report: MDA numbers help with cities’ retail pitches

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi, real estate

Mississippi communities looking to land a big retailer such as Walmart or Target often give the Mississippi Development Authority a call. That is where they will get the retail sales numbers for their area broken down to nearly a dozen categories. The numbers, through “pull-factor” calculations, also give an idea of whether the buyers live […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Cities learn value of partnering for retail

Mississippi’s mayors and county supervisor chairs relish putting on hardhats and grabbing a shovel for groundbreakings on new retail developments. But to get to that point, communities are learning they must shape partnerships with developers instead of depending on a developer’s determination to walk over hot coals in bare feet to get a project built. […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Commercial development incentives are available — if you can find them

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi

Mississippi let die on July 1 any new sales tax rebates for development of large retail complexes designated as “heritage centers,” a name given for their supposed ability to draw visitors from near and far. The rebates, worth a few hundred million dollars to individual projects, went to a handful of retail developments around the […] [...]

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