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No decision yet by Childers on Senate race

February 26, 2014

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Booneville Democrat, has yet to decide whether he will enter the race for U.S. Senate. “I have not made a decision,” was the only response from the former Prentiss County chancery clerk recently when asked whether he would enter the fray to replace veteran […]

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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

February 25, 2014

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to […]

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Enerkem’s biofuel plant in Pontotoc still on drawing board

February 25, 2014

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The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo)

The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Seid Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Five years have passed, and a planned $100 million ethanol plant is no closer to being built. Little has changed from a year ago, when company officials said they were committed to the project and […]

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Defense Department to cut Army to pre-WW II size

February 24, 2014

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WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reporter says Chris McDaniel hedging on key issues

February 24, 2014

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By Bill Crawford If you sense something fishy about Senator Thad Cochran’s upstart opponent, it may be the flip-flopping. Republican senate candidate Chris McDaniel’s issue fickleness was exposed in a recent article by Politico.com reporter Alexander Burns. McDaniel promotes himself as an anti-government, anti-spending purist in the mold of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, […]

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

February 21, 2014

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Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals […]

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UPDATED: State’s Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

February 19, 2014

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A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in […]

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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson’s new higher sales tax

February 17, 2014

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The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises […]

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

February 17, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive […]

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Remington locked & loaded for announcement of Huntsville, Ala., factory

February 15, 2014

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Gunmaker Remington Outdoor Co. will soon announce plans to open a major manufacturing operation in Huntsville, according to multiple reports. Ty West, managing editor of the Birmingham Business Journal, reported Saturday on a story in Military Times that said Remington executives are expected to sign a deal on Monday to purchase a 500,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville. […]

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