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Insurers face Oct. 1 deadline for Clarity Act

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Insurers in Mississippi have an Oct. 1 deadline to provide the state Insurance Department with data mandated by the new Property Insurance Clarity Act. Mississippi follows neighboring Alabama and Louisiana in requiring major insurance companies to supply details on premiums and losses by county and zip code. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had already issued his own data call back in ...

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Deadline approaching to meet new elevator/escalator inspection law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Insurance Department is reminding Mississippians that the deadline for building owners and managers to have their elevators and escalators inspected under a new Mississippi law is rapidly approaching. House Bill 817, which became effective July 1, 2013, requires a safety inspection by a certified elevator/escalator inspector licensed by the state of Mississippi before Jan. 1, 2015. ...

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City gives transit system deadline for service

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus has given Lawrence Transit System 30 days to get buses moving in the city. Otherwise, city officials say its contract with LTS is null and void. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the council voted 3-2 this week for the 30-day extension. The extension runs out Dec. 6. Council member Bill Gavin opposed the extension. ...

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Owner of historic house given deadline for renovations

VICKSBURG — Beck House owner Robert Rosenthall has until Dec. 15 to complete renovations to the house and clean the property. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen set the deadline and ordered Rosenthall to come back with a progress report on Nov. 25. Rosenthall told city officials he would be able to complete repairs to ...

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Silicor misses another incentive deadline with county

COLUMBUS — Solar silicon maker Silicor Materials has missed another deadline. The company failed to put up $150,000 in escrow money to show good faith and seal a deal that would have meant hundreds of new jobs to Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors in December agreed to extend the start date for Silicor to June 30, 2013. ...

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Communities in race with deadline to spend Katrina money

VICKSBURG — Warren County and Vicksburg want to decide before the end of 2012 on how to spend a remaining $1.75 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery money. The Vicksburg Post reports the money runs out in 2013. The county got $3.8 million in 2008 to clean drainage ditches inside Vicksburg. Warren County was among 49 in Mississippi declared federal disaster ...

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Officials learn facility will not meet start-up deadline

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County officials say they have been told by Silicor that a metal production and purification facility will not meet its Dec. 31 start date. Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley tells the Commercial Dispatch the announcement came during a meeting last week. In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting deadline to Dec. 31. If the ...

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Committees extend deadline in search for university presidents

CLEVELAND and HATTIESBURG — The board search committees leading the searches for the next presidents of Delta State University and the University of Southern Mississippi have extended the best consideration deadlines for applications and nominations for the positions, according to the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The best consideration deadline for the University of Southern Mississippi presidential search has ...

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Trustmark, BancTrust extend merger deadline into 2013

JACKSON — Trustmark Corporation and BancTrust Financial Group Inc. report the definitive agreement dated May 28, 2012, pursuant to which BancTrust would merge into Trustmark, has been amended to accommodate the closing of the merger in early 2013. As such, the latest possible closing date for the merger has been extended from Dec. 31, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013. According ...

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Lawmakers facing first major deadline for filing bills

JACKSON — Members of the Mississippi House and Senate are facing their first major deadline of year. Today is the final day for lawmakers to file general bills or constitutional amendments that will be considered during their four-month session. The session started in early January and ends in early May. Bills are already filed on several big issues, including charter ...

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