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On Mississippi’s shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced

In this July 23, 2015 photo, Efrem Garza stands before his new home built on the lot of his previous house that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and holds a photograph taken by a friend of the remains of that house on South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach, Miss. Before the storm Garza was surrounded by houses and trees, now 10 years later, there are only two houses on that land, as few of the residents returned and rebuilt. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

LONG BEACH — Between Mississippi’s seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier. Once lined with houses and a small condominium complex, South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach was ravaged by wind and waves in ...

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Timber prices hover around 2014 levels

Housing starts across the country climbed in July to their highest rates in almost eight years, but current overall average stumpage prices in Mississippi are hovering near where they were at this time in 2014 because of a timber surplus. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)

STARKVILLE — Mississippi’s timber industry is holding steady this year from 2014 as both the U.S. housing market and the demand for lumber continue to improve gradually. State average stumpage prices for hardwood sawtimber declined sharply in the second fiscal quarter of 2015 from the first quarter, while pine sawtimber prices increased. Hardwood sawtimber is down compared to a year ago, while ...

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Analysis: Katrina insecurity over being forgotten returns

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On Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary, is it time to take off the chip? By now, everyone knows about Mississippi’s post-storm insecurity, its angst about being overshadowed by all the media attention on New Orleans after the storm, when hundreds of Mississippians had also died, and tens of thousands were homeless. And the chip is still there. Some residents of the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Initiative 42 may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing

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At forums across the state held by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, proponents stubbornly argue that Initiative 42 is simply about getting the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) fully funded. That’s what their petition said. That’s what their upcoming, expensive advertising campaign is likely to say.   But that’s not what their proposed constitutional amendment says:    “To protect each ...

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Feds gain guilty plea from prison consultant in Epps scandal; 2nd pleads innocent

By MBJ Staff Sam Waggoner, 61, a Carthage businessman and corrections consultant, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to charges of paying bribes and kickbacks to former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps in exchange for receiving contracts involving the MDOC and its operations. Waggoner’s made his plea before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. He agreed to forfeit $200,000 in ...

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Costco: plan ‘not a done deal’ but site is prime

Lawson Hester addresses questions to developer Andrew Mattiace as a 
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Ridgeland crowd takes wholesaler and developer to task By JACK WEATHERLY Under intense questioning for two hours Thursday night from a skeptical crowd of several hundred at the Ridgeland High School auditorium, a Costco representative conceded that it was not committed to a site on Highland Colony Parkway. “This is not a done deal,” said Dan Venable. The audience of ...

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UDATED: Jackson council disputes Yarber’s police, fire layoff claims

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MBJ Staff Jackson City Council members say they are puzzled by the alarm Mayor Tony Yarber has sounded over the prospects for significant layoffs in police and fire operations when no layoffs have been proposed. The council has suggested slightly more than $1 million in cuts for filling vacant police positions and freezes in new hiring of firefighters. The council ...

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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2015

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When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world. Cameron Arcemont, Owner Arc Technologies Arc Technologies was formed in 2004 ...

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Lawmakers, small businesses take steps to blunt IRS rule

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Lisa Cochran, owner of two hair salon and spa shops called The Studio in Hattiesburg, said that she has been helping her employees for years by contributing $50 a month toward their health coverage premiums. Then she saw an article in the Mississippi Business Journal and has taken steps to avoid a calamity. She realized that she ...

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Madison supervisors receptive on conference center proposal

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By TED CARTER Supporters of a Madison County conference center got a green light Monday from county supervisors to begin working with key county officials on ways to cover the $13.8 million to $18 million cost of a 63,000 square-foot center. Supervisors also suggested supporters decide the most suitable location for both the center and a privately funded, 200-room hotel to ...

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