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Lawyers for or apartment complexes, residents not ready to back off suits

» Lingering questions after HUD’s Ridgeland settlement could keep litigation alive By TED CARTER Ridgeland’s Fair Housing Act settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development does not end private litigation that arose in the past 18 months over the City’s effort to displace thousands of residents from multi-family rental complexes. A lawyer for several Ridgeland rental complexes says ...

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(UPDATED) Ohio shopping center company buys Lakeland Commons

  By TED CARTER A Beachwood, Ohio shopping center company is the new owner of Lakeland Commons, a fully occupied 460,000 square-foot retail center in the heart of Flowood’s thriving retail corridor along Lakeland Drive. The acquisition is the first in Mississippi for Chase Properties Ltd., which has retail centers in the Midwest, and the Southern and Eastern United States. ...

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Lazy Magnolia updates production, packaging

By LISA MONTI Leslie and Mark Henderson, the founders of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., are both engineers, so when it came time to update equipment at their Kiln, brewery, they devised a production line that would keep the craft beer tasting better longer. “It’s a huge big deal, both from the capacity standpoint and also the quality,” said Mark Henderson of ...

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A BIG VISION … for tiny houses — Prentiss architect has learned how to get the most out of the least amount of space

By BECKY GILLETTE Tiny houses are now a popular trend across the U.S. with a couple of television programs and numerous articles about the phenomenon that is being heralded as a way to provide home ownership to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it while reducing environmental costs. Having worked as an architect in Mississippi for a couple of decades, one ...

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BRIDGFORTH RUTLEDGE — Which is better? One entity ownership vs. multiple entity ownership

I have clients who own multiple properties (or multiple businesses), and they are sometimes not sure whether they should own each property/business in the same entity (such as a limited liability company or corporation) or form different entities to own each property/business separately. They are also not sure whether they should individually own the entity that owns the asset or ...

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

By LISA MONTI A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in ...

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TODD SMITH — USA Today network building foundation on power of video

The USA Today Network – the nation’s biggest newspaper publisher – is jumping on the video train. The sprawling empire is shifting into high gear of transforming its more than 100 local media organizations into a single, cohesive whole – and video is a central part of that strategy. Late last year, it hired Joanne Lipman, the founding editor in ...

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JOSH MABUS — Build a predestined path for your customer

I was in San Francisco with a friend to do a little work and cheer on the Giants as they fought for a spot in the playoffs recently. On our second night in the city, instead of watching baseball, we spent the evening taking in the sights of the marina district, where we stumbled on a little boardwalk magic shop. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom

For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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Revolution, resolutions: addressing the Cuban situation

By JACK WEATHERLY  Several measures have been submitted to Congress in the past year that would restore trade with Cuba after 55 years of embargo after Fidel Castro led a communist overthrow of the government. Whichever, if any, that eventually becomes law would have an effect on the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Development Authority has set an Oct. 20 seminar ...

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