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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant's emissions permit

SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is one of North America’s largest ...

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Bills to constrain taxing methods on multi-state companies progress in Legislature

JACKSON, Mississippi – Some members of the Mississippi Legislature fear last summer’s state Supreme Court ruling that bumped the one-year Mississippi tax bill of Atlanta’s Equifax Credit Information Services from zero to over $700,000 will tarnish the state’s “business friendly reputation.” To undo the perceived damage, two Republican-sponsored bills designed to make it harder for the state to assess taxes on ...

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Pear River prosecutor charged with selling “Stay out of Jail” cards

The official in charge of prosecuting criminal defendants in Pearl River County is himself facing prosecution after charges he traded entrance into a pre-trial diversion program for money. A pre-trail diversion keeps the defendant from incarceration. The indictments against Aaron Russell list one count of altering public records and one count of committing fraud by a public official. Special Agents ...

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama's minimum wage hike order

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and how many future Mississippi companies ...

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Post Office mulls financial services to unbanked and under-banked

The United States Postal Service may expand its financial services beyond money orders and remittances, the Credit Union Times reported Thursday. “More than a quarter of Americans live partially or completely without access to mainstream financial services and are often forced to rely on costly services like payday loans or check cashing to cover their everyday expenses,” the USPS said ...

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Pangasius exporters upset Cochran beat back repeal of catfish inspection rule

The new five-year farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate compromised on this week  failed to cut out the U.S. catfish inspection program, putting a barrier on catfish imports into the United States. As written into the 2008 Farm Bill, the $14 million per year program would assign inspection of catfish imports to the United States Department of ...

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Quitman tax assessor charged with embezzlement, fraud over credit card use

JACKSON, Mississippi – Quitman County Tax Assessor Kimberly Bell has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud in what authorities say stemmed from more than $50,000 in unauthorized credit card charges, including cash advances of over $8,000. Sheriff’s deputies booked Bell into the Quitman County Jail Monday. Bell, 38, is accused of misusing over $56,000 ...

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Obama to raise minimum wage to $10.10 for government contract workers

President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document, the Washington Post reports. Obama will also renew his call for ...

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New bid for moving state offices into Jackson's CBD passes first test

JACKSON, Mississippi — A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as well as the prospect for ...

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