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CARTER: Religious restoration law as ticket to legalizing gay marriage in Miss.

April 16, 2014

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I learned early in my newspaper career that readers simply love irony. So if you haven’t had your recommended dosage of irony today, take a few spoonfuls of this: In what was billed as a moment of enlightenment, Mississippi legislators this spring redid Senate Bill 2681 with the goal of making it less menacing.  But […]

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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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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

April 13, 2014

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A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. […]

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Jindal’s least favorite billboard up for one more week – at least

April 2, 2014

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BATON Rouge, Louisiana — A delay in a federal court ruling Wednesday assures that Louisiana’s governor must live at least another week with that bothersome MoveOn.org sign on Interstate 10 just outside Baton Rouge. The sign ridicules the Republican governor for refusing to expand Medicaid health insurance to more than 240,000 of the Bayou State’s […]

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State to end sales tax on interest paid on store-financed merchandise

April 2, 2014

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Toting the note just got easier for Mississippi car dealers and other merchants who finance their customers’ purchases. Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 260 Tuesday puts a July 1 end to sales taxes on interest and other finance charges at buy-here-pay-here retail locations, including auto dealerships and furniture and appliance stores that arrange […]

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Deadline set for offers on Tupelo’s Lane Furniture plant

March 27, 2014

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  June 19 is the deadline that has been set for offers on bankrupt Furniture Brand’s 430,000 square-foot manufacturing/distribution facility and data center in Tupelo. Property disposition specialist Hilco Real Estate is marketing the Tupelo plant along with 16 Furniture Brands properties involved in the Furniture Brands International bankruptcy case. The portfolio of Thomasville and […]

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Treasurer Fitch: Today’s pepaid college program restart will help erase shortfall

March 24, 2014

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By Lynn Fitch The Board of Directors for the College Savings Plans of Mississippi voted Monday to reopen Mississippi’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program (MPACT) for new enrollees beginning in fall 2014. The decision to reopen MPACT brings full circle a process the Board and the State Treasurer’s Office began 18 months ago. In 2012, […]

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3-peat for Kings of Moot Court: Ole Miss law students roll up another national title

March 24, 2014

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OXFORD, Mississippi – The University of Mississippi School of Law made history this weekend by grabbing its third moot court national championship this year, the first time the law school has achieved such a milestone. Second-year students David Fletcher of Jackson and Brett Grantham of Corinth, along with third-year Will Widman of Birmingham, won the National Professional Responsibility […]

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

March 20, 2014

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A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey […]

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