Archive | October, 2011

Customer ‘feedback’ leads Regions, SunTrust, Wells Fargo to end debit card fees

October 31, 2011

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Regions Bank and SunTrust customers in Mississippi and elsewhere can say goodbye to the monthly debit card fees the banks assessed for using the card for making purchases. The Birmingham-based Regions, which holds the largest bank market share in Mississippi, followed SunTrust, Wells Fargo and Chase Bank in pulling the plug on the fees. Regions […]

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BlueFire Renewables lands financing MOU for Fulton project

October 31, 2011

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– BlueFire Renewables lands financing MOU for Mississippi bioenergy project, 5 others Biofuels Digest reports today that California-based BlueFire Renewables has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with China Huadian Engineering Co. to finance its integrated Power Plant and Biorefinery in Fulton, Miss. and up to five additional plants in the United States. Under the […]

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Miss. lacks healthy food distribution model

October 30, 2011

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>> A look at healthy food distribution in and out of Mississippi Mississippi’s achievement of “fattest state in the nation” for seven years running is an economic problem. In addition to significant health care costs to treat chronic illnesses like Type II diabetes and heart disease, the productivity lost due to poor health defies calculation. […]

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Big dollars await states with cyber sales tax collections

October 30, 2011

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You can bet a $300 million windfall would cheer up Mississippi’s Revenue Estimating Committee when it convenes this month to set estimates on state collections of taxes and fees. The $300 million is the National Conference of State Legislatures’ estimate on the amount of money Mississippi loses each year by not taxing certain online and […]

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Online sales tax collections would entail revamp of state system

October 30, 2011

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Forcing online retail giants like Amazon and Overstock to collect sales taxes from customers would require a tradeoff that Mississippi is not yet prepared to make. On one hand, the state could gain in the neighborhood of $300 million annually. But on the other, it would need to revamp its sales tax system to meet […]

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Occupy Jackson to ask council for extended stay in Smith Park

October 28, 2011

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Occupy Jackson could be headed for a critical test Tuesday night as spokespeople for the grassroots movement ask the Jackson City Council Tuesday night for a permit to continue their low-key protest in downtown’s Smith Park for an extended period. The occupiers, a mix of college age people, retirees and middle-agers, have been spending their […]

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Health Care Heroes Inaugural Class

October 28, 2011

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The Mississippi Business Journal honors its inaugural class of Health Care Heroes. We caught up with three honorees: Maben physician Sue Simmons, Morton fire chief Joel Davidson and outgoing St. Dominic president Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth.

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State’s peanut harvest tops the nation

October 28, 2011

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Back in the summer, the peanut industry was facing a crisis. The extended drought had affected nearly half of the state’s peanut growers, and they were looking at a bad, perhaps disastrous, year. But, the same September rains from Tropical Storm Lee that saved pecan growers turned the season around for peanut farmers. Instead of […]

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Pecan growers enjoy another ‘nutty’ year

October 28, 2011

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It has been good times of late for Mississippi’s pecan producers. And, the optimism just keeps growing. Boosted by increased demand, tight supply and corresponding high market prices while dodging some of the weather-related losses many of the state’s other agriculture commodities have suffered over the last few years, 2011 is shaping up to be […]

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CoreLogic survey shows Jackson foreclosures dropped in August

October 27, 2011

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Foreclosure rates in Jackson decreased in August over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic, a California real estate research firm. The CoreLogic data shows that the rate of Jackson area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.22 percent for August, a decrease of 0.06 percentage points compared to August of 2010 when the […]

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