Posts Tagged ‘Gov. Haley Barbour’

Ingalls training facility contract OKs expected

PASCAGOULA — Construction could start as early as January for Jackson County’s maritime training facility to be built on Ingalls Shipbuilding property. The Board of Supervisors and the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners are expected to award a $15.6 million contract on Monday to Ben M. Radcliff Contractor Inc. of Mobile. Leaders said it would […] [...]

Barbour hosts work force conference

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and former assistant Labor Department secretary Emily DeRocco will speak Thursday at the Governor’s Workforce Conference in Jackson. DeRocco is president of The Manufacturing Institute. The conference will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The conference will feature sessions on reforming the state’s work force system, enhancing partnerships between […] [...]

Biggest Loser’s Patrick House partners with WellnessPlus

WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, has entered into a partnership with Mississippi native Patrick House, winner of season 10 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” House will serve as spokesperson in WellnessPlus webinars as well as educate the employees of WellnessPlus client companies on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. After winning “The Biggest […] [...]

Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died Wednesday. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Mississippi has a Heisman to hold on to

While we understand what Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann meant when he said, “If Mississippi ever wins a Heisman trophy, we want to keep it,” there likely are many out there who don’t. Hosemann made the comments in connection with a story, saying a new law could help protect student athletes from sports agents who […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Barbour’s horse needs a trip to vet before he bets our money

Solar energy may be the wave of the future, but Mississippi should be careful where it comes to being an investor in new companies promising the moon — er, sun. Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts went bankrupt last month, leaving that state hanging after an investment of more than $40 million of taxpayer dollars in the […] [...]

Former MBJ editor, co-owner Buddy Bynum dead at 59

RIDGELAND — James L. “Buddy” Bynum, former editor and co-owner of the Mississippi Business Journal and a former aide to Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott, has died at his home in Ridgeland. He was 59. Family members said Bynum died Saturday of complications of pancreatic cancer. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. […] [...]

BP Gulf spill compensation fund to be audited

WASHINGTON — An independent audit will be performed on the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday. In a letter to the fund’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, Holder stressed that the goal is to balance the need for […] [...]

Despite Barbour and Republicans’ best efforts, community embraces new casino

SANDERSVILLE — More than six months after Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opened in Jones County near Sandersville, things seem to be going smoothly for both the casino and neighboring area. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had to weather countless efforts by local and state officials — including Gov. Haley Barbour — to stop […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Lifting the cap would be a bad economic move for state

Mississippi’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether it’s constitutional to limit how much a jury can award to an injured plaintiff in a lawsuit. How the court decides could have a huge impact on both economic development and medical services. Before Mississippi enacted two series of tort reforms less than a decade ago, […] [...]

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