Archive | July, 2013

Retailers win big as court declares 21-cent swipe fee cap too high

July 31, 2013

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The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors erred in letting swipe fees that banks charge retailers for each debit card transaction go as high as 21 cents a transaction, a federal court ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington drew the predicable applause from groups such as the National Retail Federation and […]

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Letting pride soar: Golden Eagle statues going up on USM campuses

July 31, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — A major landscape project underway on the University of Southern Mississippi campus here will be accentuated by a towering golden eagle statue commissioned and donated by alumnus Chuck Scianna. The bronze statue, designed by Idaho artist/sculptor David Anderson, will be positioned at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden that faces Hardy […]

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Delta Leadership Institute graduates new Executive Academy class

July 31, 2013

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Seven community leaders from Mississippi have successfully completed the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a leadership development program for regional leaders sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority and administered by The University of Alabama. •           Abe Hudson – Delta State University – Cleveland, MS •           Angela Hutchins – Adams County Board […]

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

July 30, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 […]

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Butler Snow selected as Team of the Year finalist in UK competition

July 30, 2013

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LONDON – Butler Snow UK, LLP (Butler Snow) has been selected as a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) North American Team of the Year finalist for the second consecutive year. The winner will be announced at the STEP Private Client Awards on Sept. 18 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London. “We […]

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With gambling revenues falling, Tunica looks for an ace in the hole

July 30, 2013

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The people of Tunica County have toiled through the worst of economic times, and basked in the bright lights of success. But their King Midas, better known as the gaming industry, is losing its touch. Recently released numbers for the first half of this year support the trend that Mississippi is on pace for one […]

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Vicksburg casino hotel sold to Gulf Coast developer

July 29, 2013

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VICKSBURG, Mississippi — The former Grand Station Hotel, closed since gambling ceased at Vicksburg’s waterfront when a casino left 16 months ago, has been sold to a Gulf Coast developer. Vicksburg Hotel LLC, a Biloxi-based entity led by businessman Charles Lambert, purchased the 117-room hotel this month from Great Southern Investment Group Inc., according to […]

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Developer may be set to turn old Bay St. Louis school into new hotel

July 29, 2013

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BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — New Orleans developer Jim MacPhaille says it’s too early to say what the vintage Second Street Elementary School will become when he takes ownership in early August. Based on conversations with neighbors and city officials, he guesses the property likely will be turned into a hotel. With offices and shops. […]

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Green paint found on Smithsonian statue, organ at National Cathedral

July 29, 2013

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According to The Washington Post, green paint was found Monday defacing a statue outside the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall and poured atop an organ in a chapel at the Washington National Cathedral, just three days after the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized in a similar manner. D.C. police have now joined the U.S. Park […]

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Chuck Reece named chairman of MHA Board of Governors

July 29, 2013

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Chuck A. Reece, President of Rush Foundation Hospital and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Rush Health Systems, was recently elected Chairman of the 2013-2014 Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Governors during MHA’s 82nd Annual Leadership Conference. Mr. Reece has held numerous administrative positions within Rush Health Systems since 1972. He is […]

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