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Digital records bill perseveres

Electronically accessible government records have spread slowly across Mississippi, as only a handful of counties that could afford to do so have implemented the systems necessary to provide them. One of the parts of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s business reform legislative package would set guidelines for storing those electronic documents, and at the same time give them the same ...

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Loosening the purse strings

Small businesses receiving loans from Mississippi’s planning and development districts could possibly see their interest rates lowered under a bill that cleared the Senate last week. Senate Bill 2954 would delete the requirement that PDDs charge a minimum 5 percent interest rate on loans they make to small businesses in their service areas. Instead, the interest rates could be no ...

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Free, not easy

Recently implemented new rules concerning pro bono work by Mississippi attorneys are being welcome by the legal community while highlighting the myriad of issues and concerns involved in offering free legal services to the needy. Last month, the Mississippi Supreme Court announced revised Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers. The Court said the new rules, which went into effect immediately, ...

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Transportation summits on tap for Hinds, Rankin, Madison

Residents and organizations that want to help shape Central Mississippi transportation priorities will get an opportunity to present their suggestions at a series of transportation summits this month. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the summits are part of a five-year update of a plan designed as blueprint for the region’s transportation priorities through 2035, said Larry Smith, a ...

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On the rebound?

It’s that time of year again: the Tupelo Furniture Market is set to kick off its four-day event on Thursday, and vendors are optimistic that sales will be better this year with the recession’s slow-down. With an average attendance of 30,000, twice a year the Market almost doubles the population of Tupelo, considered the upholstery manufacturing capital of the world ...

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Days of free debit card use could be coming to an end

Banks have to find ways to offset lower fees from merchants on debit card transactions Achieving that critical balance between a viable revenue level and a satisfied customer base is about to get much more difficult for bankers in Mississippi. They must make tough decisions  before the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors puts a cap on the fees that can be ...

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Stakeholders speak out on utility donations

Commissioners: Entergy misled customers about new rule Last Wednesday, stakeholders complained for three hours about a proposed change to a Mississippi Public Service Commission rule that would limit the charitable donations that they can make with their customers’ money. Comments from the public hearing will be taken into consideration before the Commission votes on the changing the rule. Mississippi is ...

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On the cutting edge

Some economic developers have begun using interactive maps designed by The Geospatial Group to help attract businesses to the metro Jackson area. The Geospatial Group is one of a few Mississippi companies that designs Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or systems that capture, store, analyze, manage and present data linked to locations. “The work we like to do is really fun, ...

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Bringing home the bacon

When the Mississippi Development Authority provided $30,000 to Mississippi State University’s College of Business to conduct a study gauging the economic impact of the Viking Classic, Randy Watkins had an idea that the total figure would fall between $18 million and $20 million. He wasn’t far off. The total economic impact of the tournament, according to MSU’s study, is $22 ...

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Snow-ing geese

On a rainy day last week, Bubba Simmons inspected his 5,500-acre farm near Hollandale in the Delta to see if his land was again being compromised. And, it was. The “vandals” are snow geese, whose numbers have been exploding since the mid- to late-1980s. It is a common sight in the Delta to see fields covered with thousands of the ...

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