Archive | November 20th, 2011

The college student debt bubble

November 20, 2011

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Many students believe some majors (or degree programs) aren’t worth the debt Etta Spencer learned the hard way that all college degrees aren’t created equal. The Madison resident borrowed $28,000 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. It took her two years to find a job, and […]

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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

November 20, 2011

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At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project […]

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Paying for tenant buildouts should hasten Farish opening, its developer says

November 20, 2011

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A need to speed up the opening of the Farish Street Entertainment District led Watkins Development to decide to do its own buildout of the clubs, restaurants and shops along the initial block of the long-planned project. The new plan would allow the interior work and customizing of the spaces for tenants to begin right […]

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Farish developer faces obstacles with new buildout strategy

November 20, 2011

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Getting OK on buildout money will not be an easy task Developers of the Farish Street Entertainment District have changed their leasing strategy to include paying for the buildouts of the clubs and shops they have restored along the first block of the former business and nightlife hub of Jackson’s African-American community. Watkins Development, which […]

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Just a theory – big banks wanted to curtail debit card use

November 20, 2011

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Maybe those monthly debit card fees the big banks tried had a purpose beyond recouping money lost to lower payments from merchants on debit card transactions. Media reports speculate that the big banks figured you would leave your debit card at home and begin using that consumer credit card they issued you. That would bring […]

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Convention district expansion proposal gets OK

November 20, 2011

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Enlarged footprint extends east to Pearl River and South to U.S. 80, taking in portions of the long-planned $1B Two Lakes project The dormant Two Lakes project and other downtown Jackson revitalization efforts could get a boost from a plan to expand the footprint of the Urban Renewal District created for the Jackson Convention complex […]

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Antics of big banks give credit unions, community banks early holiday gift

November 20, 2011

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Mississippi credit unions saw ‘some activity’ from ‘Bank Transfer Day’ while community bank Renasant grew accounts in state markets by 32 percent Breaking up isn’t so hard to do, after all. At least that’s what the Credit Union National Association reported a few days after the Nov. 5 national “Bank Transfer Day,” a protest staged […]

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