Archive | July, 2011

Backers of condemnation curbs see chance to cement property protections

July 14, 2011

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Eminent domain — at least the government taking of private property on behalf of private enterprise — does not seem to offer much room for compromise. You are either OK with the government taking private property for private sector economic development or you are not. If middle ground exists, neither Leland Speed nor Ron Aldridge […]

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‘Replacement costs’ likely go by wayside with eminent domain vote

July 14, 2011

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A ballot initiative to curb eminent domain in Mississippi to protect private property from private enterprise carries a cost land owners may not have considered, says Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District. New limits on the state’s eminent domain law through a constitutional change could end the paying of “replacement […]

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Absentee ballot schedule needs speedy eminent domain resolution

July 14, 2011

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Mississippi’s courts must move quickly to resolve a key state constitutional issue —whether it’s legal to limit eminent domain through a voter referendum. Otherwise trouble is ahead for state elections officials who must meet deadlines for printing and distributing ballots on the property rights question. The clock begins to wind down at 9 a.m. July […]

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Speed suit: Eminent domain vote repeals constitutional protections

July 14, 2011

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Leland Speed concedes he may be relying on a “technical violation” in a lawsuit to stop a statewide vote on banning the use of eminent domain to take private property. But he’s got to do whatever he can to keep a “dumb” result from occurring, said Speed, a longtime Jackson real estate investor and now […]

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Hood: “Feinberg is BP”

July 13, 2011

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JACKSON- Miss. Attorney General Jim Hood announces his office has filed a petition with the Court to force the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) and its administrator, Ken Feinberg to obey a previous subpoena regarding certain documents relevant to an investigation of the 2010 BP oil spill claims process.

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An exception to the rule

July 12, 2011

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Restaurant group’s sales are up in Hattiesburg By Amy McCullough See “Why Businesses Are Not Expanding,” July 11, 2011. Many restaurants took a hard hit during the Great Recession as patrons chose to eat out less or choose less expensive venues. New South Restaurant Group in Hattiesburg, however, barely suffered. Owner and executive chef Robert […]

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Canton is Open for Movie Business

July 11, 2011

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CANTON- The film industry is no stranger to Mississippi with its list of popular movies from “A Time to Kill” and “My Dog Skip” to “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou” and “The Help.” Hollywood is looking forward to Mississippi’s new tax incentives and studio facility. Mississippians in turn are hoping the Magnolia State will follow […]

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“Warren Buffett Invests Like A Girl”

July 11, 2011

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By Stephen McDill JACKSON- LouAnn Lofton, Motley Fool writer and author of “Warren Buffett Invests Like A Girl,” joins MBJ-TV via Skype Video to talk about her book. Part 1: Lofton talks about her personal and professional inspiration for the book as well as Warren Buffett’s reaction to the 2008 economic recession. Part 2: Lofton […]

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Why businesses are not expanding

July 11, 2011

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By Amy McCullough The Great Recession is technically over, but many Mississippi businesses faced with complying with new regulations regarding banking, healthcare, the environment and labor aren’t feeling much relief. Regulatory uncertainty is the reason many businesses are afraid to expand. Even if access to credit wasn’t restricted due to new banking rules, many business […]

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Helping Pascagoula rebound nets Rebecca Davis Mississippi Main Street Beasley Scholarship

July 8, 2011

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The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main […]

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