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(WITH VIDEO) Funding secured for Capitol Art Lofts in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Two years after HRI Properties announced that it would convert historical, vacant buildings into 31 loft apartments in the 200 block of West Capitol Street in Jackson, it said on Tuesday it will move forward with the project now that it has the funding. The delay was caused by the unavailability of […] [...]

Jackson issues RFP in 3rd try for convention center hotel developer

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is taking a third swing at getting a convention center hotel built. With the backing of Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, the JRA late last month issued a Request for Proposals for a hotel of at least 300 rooms on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, an approximately 300,000 square-foot conventions […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Hope should spring eternal, not hate

In South Carolina last week, yet another unarmed, black man was killed by a white police officer. This slaying, as well as the officer’s planting of evidence, was caught on film. Somehow this is supposed to be different from other shootings of unarmed black men and boys in this country. The department has terminated the […] [...]

Cal-Maine, DOJ announce settlement of water pollution issue

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Cal-Maine, chickens, Mississippi, NEWS

EDWARDS — Mississippi-based egg producer Cal-Maine will bring a facility in Edwards into compliance with its state-issued water discharge permit. The settlement was announced Monday by the company and the Department of Justice. The Justice Department says in a news release that Cal-Maine will pay a $475,000 penalty to be split evenly between the U.S. […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant confronts tale of two Mississippis

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Bill Crawford, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

The tale of two Mississippis persists.   One Mississippi is made up of people comfortable with their way of life. Some are well off and more than comfortable. But, for others, their hard-earned finances along with faith, family, and friends make their lives good enough. For the most part, this group might like a tax […] [...]

State wants drug supplier’s name kept secret during appeal

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Denis Owens, Jim Hood, Mississippi, NEWS, prison

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to keep secret the identity of the state’s execution drug supplier while he appeals a state judge’s order that the name be released. Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled last month that the state’s public records law requires officials to release the […] [...]

Hinds judge says he was justified to bar public defender

JACKSON — Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told the Mississippi Supreme Court Friday that he was justified to bar an assistant public defender from his court, saying she’s incompetent, poorly behaved and can’t follow court rules. In a filing with the high court, Weill wrote that he believes assistant public defender Alison Kelly can […] [...]

Ratings agency maintains Jackson airport credit rating

by Published: April 13,2015

Tags: Business, Fitch ratings, Jackson airport, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Despite the 2014 pullout of Southwest Airlines, a credit rating agency says the financial outlook at Jackson-Evers International Airport remains stable. Fitch Ratings Friday maintained the airport’s $38 million in debt at BBB+, at the low end of investment-grade ratings, with Fitch saying it expects the rating to remain stable. The rating agency […] [...]

Greenville council members discuss pay raise for employees

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council remains split over pay raises for employees. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that figures reported to the council show it would cost $1.1 million to give city workers a 7.5 percent across-the-board raise, while it would cost $400,000 for a 3 percent raise. Councilman Errick Simmons is urging council members […] [...]

MVSU raises budget by $1.1 million for modular housing loss

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University has raised its budget by $1.1 million to cover costs of buying and installing modular housing on its campus. The university originally intended to lease the dorms, but concluded it would be better to buy them. However, the school is collecting less revenue than expected, because MVSU had […] [...]

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