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Former Legislative Director Upchurch is new chief of staff at Secretary of State’s Office

Nathan Upchurch, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s long-time Legislative Director, recently assumed the Agency’s Chief of Staff role. A native of Kosciusko, Upchurch earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University. Since 2013, Upchurch has been the Secretary of State’s Legislative Director. Among other responsibilities, Upchurch developed the policy and legislative agenda for the Agency, assisted in ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Real estate loans – HVCRE revisited

In the midst of all the recent investigations, pardons, Supreme Court rulings, and incessant breaking news, you might have missed a favorable change in federal banking law.  On May 22, Congress amended the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (enacted in 2010), which revisions included significant tweaks to the High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) regulations governing commercial ...

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Taxpayer costs adding up in legal fight over Jackson airport

Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi’s largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials ...

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Mississippi gets $2.4M in federal funds for airport upgrades

Mississippi is receiving $2.4 million in federal grant funding to make upgrades to nine small and rural airports around the state. Republican U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the Federal Aviation Administration grants Monday. Improvement projects are planned for airports in Vicksburg, Yazoo County, Philadelphia, Wiggins, West Point, Okolona, Picayune and Ripley, as well as the airport at ...

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Democrat Rosebud is sworn in to Mississippi House

A newly elected member has been sworn in to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Democrat Tracey Rosebud of Tutwiler took his oath of office Monday at the state Capitol. He will serve until January 2020 in District 30, which includes parts of Bolivar, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties He fills the end of a term started by Democrat Robert Huddleston ...

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Vicksburg District announces promotion of 1st Lt. Cameron Fulford to captain

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, is proud to announce the promotion of 1st Lt. Cameron W. Fulford to the military rank of Captain. Capt. Fulford is working at the Vicksburg District through the Army’s Technical Engineer Competency Development Program (TEC-DP). TEC-DP allows 1st Lieutenants with engineering and architecture degrees the opportunity to work for USACE for 18 ...

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Analysis: Gun ruling includes Mississippi history lesson

A Mississippi Supreme Court decision about guns in courthouses provided different perspectives from several justices, including a history lesson about gun rights from Justice Leslie B. King, the only African-American currently serving on the nine-member court. The majority of justices ruled Thursday that some chancery judges were wrong to ban people with enhanced concealed-carry licenses from taking guns into courthouses. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will negative issues make election run-offs interesting? 

Low turnout Democratic and Republican primaries last week yielded two surprises. Political novice Howard Sherman was the surprise leader in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Described by the Clarion-Ledger as the “Los Angeles-native venture capitalist and husband of Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward of Meridian,” Sherman will face Mississippi native Baria of Bay St. Louis in the June 26th run-off. ...

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Sherman picks up endorsement in Mississippi Dem Senate race

A Mississippi lawmaker who placed third in a U.S. Senate primary is endorsing one of the remaining candidates. State Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel says Friday that she will support venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian. She says in a statement that Sherman offers “bold and powerful” ideas. Sherman is facing state Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis in ...

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DAVID HAMPTON — Even Mad Max had smooth roads to drive on

I‘ve always liked post-apocalyptic science fiction movies. You know, movies like Planet of the Apes, The Time Machine, Mad Max, On the Beach, Book of Eli. Mankind has blown it up and all is a wasteland. The characters struggle to survive. They scavenge the crumbling remains of the civilization their ancestors once built. The good science fiction message, of course, ...

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