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NEWSROOM BLOG — Jackson mayor finally speaks on airport issue


Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has been the invisible man in the debate over control of Jackson Medgar Wiley-Evers International Airport, leaving it to others to argue against taking control of the airport away from Jackson City Hall. Not wanting to steal the spotlight from Punxsutawney Phil, Yarber chose the day after Groundhog Day to surface long enough to issue an ...

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Bryant appoints Will Longwitz

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Sen. Will Longwitz as Madison County Court Judge. He replaces Steve Ratcliff, who recently was elected circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District that includes Madison and Rankin counties. Longwitz will resign his Senate seat, which he has held since 2012. Longwitz represented District 25, which includes parts of Madison, Ridgeland and Northeast Jackson. He ...

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Mississippi plans incentives for tire plant, shipyard


Mississippi lawmakers will consider more than $275 million in incentives beginning Thursday for a tire plant and a shipyard that could cumulatively invest more than $1.5 billion and create 3,500 jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant called a special legislative session Wednesday, a day after a lawmaker told The Associated Press that such legislation was imminent. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane, ...

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Jim Greenlee appointed to court

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Jim M. Greenlee to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Greenlee replaces James D. Maxwell, who Bryant recently appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Greenlee will represent Northeast Mississippi’s District 1. Greenlee is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. He currently is in private practice with Holcomb Dunbar in Oxford, having ...

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Energy sector leads another decline in stocks as oil falls


NEW YORK — Falling oil prices continued to weigh on U.S. and global stock markets on Tuesday as investors remained deeply concerned about the global economy following this week’s disappointing Chinese and U.S. manufacturing data. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 284 points, or ...

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Mississippi’s Hancock Fabrics seeks bankruptcy protection

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BALDWYN — Fabric and sewing supply retailer Hancock Fabrics is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in nine years. The company, based in Baldwyn, Miss., made the filing Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. In its filing, Hancock estimates both its assets and its debts at between $100 million and $500 million. In its bankruptcy ...

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At Home moving into former Sam’s Club quarters on County Line in Jackson

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By JACK WEATHERLY At Home will fill a major hole in the retail lineup along County Line Road left when Sam’s Club vacated its 128,000-square-foot quarters in August. Plano, Texas-base At Home wasted no time in grabbing the property, having its permits in hand by November, according to spokeswoman Stacey Sullivan. Its arrival will precede the arrival of a 50,000-square-foot Burlington ...

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Jackson County no longer sponsoring Lake George project


PASCAGOULA — The Lake George project has lost the support of Jackson County. In a split vote, The Sun Herald reports supervisors decided Monday to take Jackson County’s name off the official permit request for the project, which proposes damming a tributary to the free-flowing Pascagoula River to create two lakes for water reservoirs and recreation. It’s a George County ...

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UPDATED: Delta’s Planters climbs above $1 billion with Covenant acquisition

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By Ted Carter Indianola’s Planters Bank & Trust Co. has completed its acquisition of Covenant Bank of Clarksdale, raising its assets to more than $1 billion and extending its reach into North Mississippi. Acquiring the $222 million Covenant made Planters the ninth largest bank in Mississippi and the first Delta-based bank to exceed $1 billion in assets. It went into the acquisition ...

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Carmichael, GOP nominee twice for Mississippi governor, dies


MERIDIAN — Gil Carmichael, a two-time Republican nominee for Mississippi governor in the 1970s and head of the Federal Railway Commission under President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 88. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says Carmichael died of a heart attack Sunday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Services were pending Monday at Wright’s Funeral Home in ...

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