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Center for Justice suit: Removing minorities behind Ridgeland war on apartments

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law organization, has added a 38-page lawsuit to a stack of suits against the City of Ridgeland over a 2014 zoning ordinance that targets multi-family rental complexes. Joined by multi-state private law firm Venable LLP, the Center filed suit Friday in federal court in Jackson alleging that Ridgeland violated the ...

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ACLU-MS gets $1 million to address ‘disparate’ school disciple

From Staff The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Foundation (ACLU-MS) received a two-year $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address “excessive discipline” of African-American boys in schools. The Kellogg Foundation and ACLU-MS say they want statewide standards for school discipline that ensure that the codes of student conduct in Mississippi’s school districts meet basic standards of ...

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Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

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WE'RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American success story since 1997. “Women ...

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State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of the state’s population fits underneath ...

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Former Mrs. Mississippi USA loves teaching and being a biker babe

Life sometimes takes twists and turns, leading us down paths we don’t expect. Such was the case for Katrina Myricks. An instructor in the business and office technology department at Holmes Community College’s Ridgeland Campus, she had not planned to teach. “It was not my first career choice, but sometimes the call to do something is a lot stronger than ...

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Busy year ahead for film producer

On the heels of the recent first, highly successful It’s About You Film Festival highlighting films made by or about Mississippi African Americans, Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton has four film projects on deck this year, as well as serving as president of the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Clopton, a ...

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Chief Phyllis making a difference

On October 2011, Phyllis J. Anderson took over as the first woman in history to serve as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. It was a turbulent time with controversy over some of the tribe’s gaming operations, and an FBI raid that was followed by the resignation of the Price Waterhouse Coopers, the financial firm ...

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Women & the wage gap

For all of the progress made to close the wage gap between men and women, there’s still a big gap when paychecks are compared. Women who worked full time year-round earned 74 percent of what men earned in Mississippi in 2009. For black and Hispanic women in the state, the gap is even wider. That’s just one bullet point in ...

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