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Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate vets

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on […] [...]

There’s hope early season heralds better decade

BILOXI — Derick Ross, his father and his younger brother boarded the 53-foot Mark and Dawn and set out to ply Mississippi waters for shrimp this week, just as Rosses have done since ancestors arrived here from Alabama on a schooner in 1896. By noon, fishing in wind and choppy water around Horn Island, they […] [...]

Mallory carrying out 3-year-old agreement to retire as Cadence Bank CEO & chairman

By Ted Carter The early March closing of an acquisition by Houston banking investment company Community Bancorp LLC will mark the end of Cadence Financial Corp. Chairman & CEO Lewis Mallory Jr.’s 47 years with the Starkville-based regional bank. Mark Abernathy, Cadence’s president, is expected to be elected CEO and Paul B. Murphy Jr., Community […] [...]

Hancock shifting HQ to N.O. with Whitney merger

BY: Greg LaRose, Editor, City Business Hancock Bank will move its headquarters from Gulfport to New Orleans under Hancock’s merger acquisition of regional competitor Whitney National Bank in a $1.5 billion stock-for-stock transaction announced Wednesday. Hancock CEO Carl Chaney said that although the headquarters of the combined companies will be located in New Orleans, much […] [...]

Regions President Talks About Oil Spill

JACKSON- MBJ-TV sits down with Regions Financial Corp. southwest operations president Ronnie Smith. [...]

Fla. tourism group runs ads to quell oil worries

Florida tourism officials are taking to the airwaves to try and combat worries over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is running radio advertisements across the U.S. that say "our coast is clean and our beaches are open." It’s also running a full-page ad in USA Today with a […] [...]

NewsBreak: Boat with containment box at oil site

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — With success uncertain, a boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived at the scene Thursday in an unprecedented attempt to cap a blown-out well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. Another boat with a crane would […] [...]

Oil’s hidden costs visible, but will it matter?

HOUSTON — America is seeing the usually hidden costs of fossil fuels – an oil spill’s potential for huge environmental and economic damage, and deaths in coal and oil industry accidents. But don’t expect much to change. America and the world crave more oil and coal, no matter the all-too-risky ways needed to extract those […] [...]

Giant dome for Gulf oil leak is next best solution

NEW ORLEANS — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving on Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away. Crews for contractor Wild Well Control were putting the finishing touches Tuesday […] [...]

Cook on oil rig that exploded recalls escape; leak could reach land this week

NEW ORLEANS — Oleander Benton, a cook on an oil rig that exploded off the Louisiana coast, was sitting at a laundry room table with a friend when the lights went out. Then, there was the blast. The Deepwater Horizon platform shuddered, debris fell from the ceiling and Benton hit the floor, as she had […] [...]

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