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Proposed ammo ban empties shelves

JACKSON — When word began to spread about a proposed ban on a popular type of ammunition, the market responded faster than a speeding bullet. “I think it was gone the day people heard about it,” Tim Sternberg of Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport said. The buying spree resulted from a proposal by the Bureau […] [...]

Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer […] [...]

Status of some bills in the Mississippi Legislature

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Tuesday marked a big deadline during the three-month session of the Mississippi Legislature. It was the final day for House and Senate committees to act on general bills that had already been passed by the other chamber. Bills that survived the deadline will go to the full House or Senate for more debate. […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Gunn steals tax cut spotlight

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn, Politics, tax

For the past several years Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed hard for the Legislature to adopt a rational budget process called “performance-based budgeting.”   No doubt this rational approach to budgeting – budgeting includes both revenues and expenses – led the Governor to put forward his reasonable request for a tax cut. He proposed an […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Tax slasher productions comes to Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Office is a buzz about a new series of slasher films shooting at our state Capitol featuring Gov. Phil Bryant as Freddy Krueger, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as Ghostface, and Lt. Gov. Reeves as the GingerDead Man. No worries, there will be no blood. This Tax Slasher production is brought […] [...]

Bill would make only 1 hospital follow open-meetings act

JACKSON — Only one publicly owned hospital in Mississippi would be required to abide by the state open-meetings and public-records laws, under a watered-down version of a bill that passed a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 2407 was prompted by massive problems with the employee pension plan at Singing River Hospital in Jackson County, and […] [...]

4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast […] [...]

Connie Ladner will be Harrison County’s next circuit clerk

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — When Connie Ladner was a junior in high school, an assigned report about an elected individual of her choice led her to the circuit clerk’s office. Most of her friends chose the mayor or sheriff. That report — which she got at A+ on — and the meeting with the then-circuit clerk led […] [...]

Hattiesburg council approves 2 of mayor’s nominees

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, NEWS

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has confirmed two of Mayor Johnny DuPree’s nominees to fill administrative positions of leadership. The Hattiesburg American reports Council unanimously approved Tuesday holdover Municipal Court Judge Pro-tem Carol Jones Russell and first-time Public Defender candidate Shakita Taylor. But City Attorney nominee Ramel Cotton was rejected by a 3-2 vote. […] [...]

Olive Branch votes to issue $8 million in bonds

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, DeSoto County, Mississippi, NEWS, Olive Branch

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch aldermen have voted to issue additional general obligation bonds designed to help pay for several projects. Over the coming months, The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will decide exactly how the $8 million in bonds will be spent with input from city staff. But right now, park improvements […] [...]

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