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Hub International acquires Mississippi-based Fox/Everett

June 3, 2014

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Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi – Hub International Limited, a global insurance brokerage, risk advisory and employee benefits firm, announced today that its Gulf South division has acquired the assets of Fox/Everett, Inc., one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in Mississippi. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Fox/Everett is a leader […]

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Judge orders former Southaven mayor to pay $73K

May 20, 2014

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Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was ordered Tuesday to repay $73,000 for misusing city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that Davis is liable for the full amount sought by State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “This investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed […]

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CRAWFORD: Chris McDaniel’s record at odds with rhetoric

April 28, 2014

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Chris McDaniel

Do you favor politicians who vote for earmarks funded with borrowed money? How about those who vote for tax increases? If your answer is “no” and you want to throw the rascals out, then there won’t be many Republicans left in the Mississippi Legislature. Huh? Yep, Republican legislators regularly vote to spend hundreds of millions […]

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Sanderson Plumbing Products to begin sizable layoffs next week

April 24, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Three-quarters of the 230-person workforce at bankrupt toilet seat maker Sanderson Plumbing Products will be out of a job by the middle of next weel unless an investor steps in with money to keep the company running. The layoffs likely would have occurred already but for a federally required 60-day plant closing […]

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Mississippi ranked 14th in Rich States/Poor States Index

April 15, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Va. — A new report on economic competitiveness ranks Mississippi 14th in the nation. The findings were released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Rich States, Poor States report looks as 15 basic economic policies and how legislative action and state regulations affect them from state-to-state. Those include various tax rates, regulatory […]

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Tate Reeves to take part in CCIM panel on ‘State of Commercial Real Estate’

April 14, 2014

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will join a panel of commercial real estate professionals Thursday for a discussion titled “The State of Commercial Real Estate.” The Mississippi Chapter of CCIM forum is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Realtor Association building at 4274 Lakeland Drive, Flowood. Brian Estes, 2014 president of the Mississippi CCIM, […]

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack’ system

April 10, 2014

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  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex […]

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Poll has Sen. Thad Cochran leading McDaniel substantially

April 8, 2014

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Thad Cochran

According to Harper polling, released Monday, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran continues to lead his Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel. Cochran leads McDaniel 52-35 percent, a net +7 percent gain for McDaniel since mid-December when it was found Cochran leading 54-31 percent. The ideological construct of the race has shifted favorably for McDaniel. In December, Cochran […]

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Cochran runs ads against ‘powerful interests’

April 7, 2014

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Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran is running ads against “powerful interests” that are funneling millions of dollars to his challenger in the Republican primary. Two of those outside groups, meanwhile, are airing their own ads criticizing the six-term Mississippian. Cochran’s television ad released Monday says his GOP rival, Chris McDaniel, wouldn’t do anything to help […]

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Smithville to gain 40 jobs when furniture maker starts up, 40 more later

April 4, 2014

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SMITHVILLE, Mississippi – This tiny Northeast Mississippi community that knows tragedy and misfortune first hand had something to celebrate Friday with the announcement of 80 new jobs over three with the arrival of start-up furniture company Behold Home Inc. The good news comes just as Smithville heads toward the third anniversary of a E5 tornado […]

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