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Speed not conceding in fight against eminent domain

Things haven’t been going Leland Speed’s way in his court challenges to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would curb Mississippi’s power to take private property for large economic development projects But don’t look for Speed, a real estate executive and interim Mississippi Development Authority chief, to walk away from the fight. “I’m inclined to go forward,” said ...

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Read the September 19th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough analyzes the recent saga at Parkway Properties and looks into the potential of its headquarters leaving Jackson. All of this is happening about 100 days after its combination with Eola Capital LLC as Parkway Properties Inc. announced CEO Steve Rogers’ retirement and succession by Eola chairman and Parkway board chairman Jim Heistand, who will ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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High court: Eminent domain vote a go but later review possible

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday dashed Leland Speed’s bid to keep a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain off Mississippi’s November ballot. But in issuing the 7-2 ruling, the justices said they would be willing to reconsider Speed’s arguments if the amendment passes. The court essentially ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the matter, since no change to state law ...

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NFIB chapter files eminent domain brief with Supreme Court

JACKSON — The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business says the state Supreme Court has accepted its “friend-of-the-court” brief opposing an attempt by the head of the Mississippi Development Authority, in his individual capacity, to derail a vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment on eminent domain reform. Hinds Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd recently dismissed Leland ...

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Alabama hardball: Birmingham mayor wants private land for ballpark

Baseball in the backyard is an American mainstay. But giving up your backyard for baseball? Birmingham Mayor William Bell is asking his City Council to endorse a plan to seize private property for building a new home for the Birmingham Barons, the city’s AA minor league baseball team that now plays at suburban Hoover’s Regions Park. The project also calls ...

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Supreme Court sets deadline for eminent domain briefs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys until Aug. 12 to file briefs in a challenge to an eminent-domain ballot initiative. The court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case. Jackson businessman Leland Speed appealed a decision by a Hinds County judge that the initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in ...

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Eminent domain reform headed to Supreme Court

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, which played a leading role in petitioning for eminent domain reform, is celebrating the decision by Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd to allow the eminent domain reform initiative to remain on the Nov. 8 ballot. However, eminent domain supporter Gov. Haley Barbour is not conceding anything yet. Farm Bureau President Randy Knight said, ...

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Speed's eminent domain lawsuit to get underway today

JACKSON — A Hinds County judge is scheduled to hear high-stakes arguments today over a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent governments from taking property for anything but a public project. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd must decide whether the amendment will be put before voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Leland Speed, who is head of the Mississippi Development ...

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