Archive | January, 2011

Mississippi and Saudi Arabia have something in common

January 14, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Mississippi and Saudi Arabia have something in common. So says Raise Your Pints president Butch Bailey, a Hattiesburg forester. They are the only governmental entities in the world who limit the alcohol content of beer brewed and imported to 5%. Specialty beers often have 7% or 8% alcohol content, and critics argue […]

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‘Consumers shouldn’t have to foot the bill to sue themselves’

January 14, 2011

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Press release from the office of Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley “Consumers Shouldn’t Have to Foot the Bill to Sue Themselves” PSC adopts Presley’s Motion for New Rule Concerning Utilities Legal Fees JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley led the effort last week to prohibit utility companies from being able to […]

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MSU Index: Mississippi consumer confidence continues rise

January 13, 2011

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STARKVILLE – Unemployment is still near double digits in the Magnolia State and most consumers are yet to get their credit card tallies for holiday spending. But Mississippians were upbeat as the year ended, the latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment shows. The index for the fourth quarter of 2010 shows consumer confidence continues to […]

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Watching only: Bankers monitoring but staying out of payday lending law debate

January 13, 2011

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By Ted Carter The Mississippi Bankers Association is staying out of the tussle going on at the Capitol over renewal of the state’s payday-lending law. No upside to entering a fray in which you have little or no stakes, says Mac Deaver, association president. While the MBA does not have a position on whether to […]

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If measured by $ to Iowa candidates, Barbour running for pres

January 10, 2011

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By Amy McCullough In the most recent issue of WORLD magazine, columnist Mindy Belz cites information from the Des Moines Register that could indicate a Haley Barbour run for president is very likely. In addition to visiting Iowa, “Another measure of presidential interest is which of these prospective candidates contributed to Iowa candidates in 2010 […]

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MPB’s ‘Job Hunter’ TV show on manufacturing to air Thursday

January 5, 2011

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By Amy McCullough Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s new “Job Hunter” TV show on manufacturing jobs and workforce development in Mississippi airs tomorrow at 7 p.m.! See Dec. 26, 2010, MBJ story: “On the hunt.” (Crews got busy filming this fall, as covered by MBJ-TV.) Despite the economic downturn, there are job openings in Mississippi, and many […]

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Documentary at Sundance film festival features Oliver Diaz

January 4, 2011

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By Stephen McDill The upcoming 2011 Sundance Film Festival will feature a familiar face in Mississippi politics. Former state Supreme Court justice Oliver Diaz will be included in the documentary “Hot Coffee.” The film, a behind-the-scenes look at tort law and the civil justice system, is set to screen Jan. 24 at the Utah film […]

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Southern Bancorp president/CEO to retire

January 4, 2011

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Source: press release ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — The Board of Directors of Southern Bancorp Inc., (SBI) and Phil Baldwin, president and CEO, announced yesterday that Baldwin intends to retire from the organization after a transition to new management. Southern Bancorp has more than 18 locations in Mississippi. Walter Smiley, Chairman of the SBI Board of Directors, […]

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