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Biggest Loser’s Patrick House partners with WellnessPlus

WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, has entered into a partnership with Mississippi native Patrick House, winner of season 10 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” House will serve as spokesperson in WellnessPlus webinars as well as educate the employees of WellnessPlus client companies on the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits. After winning “The Biggest Loser,” House decided to return ...

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Build or lease? New study may help guide state’s decisions

A facilities study that could guide the State of Mississippi’s policies for accommodating its office and other operational needs is expected to be completed before the Christmas holidays. International commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is wrapping up work on the second part of a study whose initial phase led to a recommendation to move the Mississippi Department of ...

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State tax collections down nearly $5 million in November

The budget balancing that lies ahead for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and the 2012 Mississippi Legislature just got tougher. The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections fell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. Adding to the difficulty of the balancing act is a projected decline of about ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died Wednesday. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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Head of public employee retiree group claims Barbour ‘coming after us’

By Ted Carter The head of the Mississippi Retired Public Employees Association says several legislators have warned him that Gov. Haley Barbour will work after he leaves office to alter the benefits structure of the state’s $20 billion public employers retirement system. Specifically, Barbour will lobby for curbs on retiree cost-of-living increases and will push for conversion of Public Employees ...

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MBJ Editorial: Mississippi has a Heisman to hold on to

While we understand what Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann meant when he said, “If Mississippi ever wins a Heisman trophy, we want to keep it,” there likely are many out there who don’t. Hosemann made the comments in connection with a story, saying a new law could help protect student athletes from sports agents who engage in unethical practices. Mississippi ...

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Former MBJ editor, co-owner Buddy Bynum dead at 59

RIDGELAND — James L. “Buddy” Bynum, former editor and co-owner of the Mississippi Business Journal and a former aide to Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott, has died at his home in Ridgeland. He was 59. Family members said Bynum died Saturday of complications of pancreatic cancer. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of ...

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BP Gulf spill compensation fund to be audited

WASHINGTON — An independent audit will be performed on the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday. In a letter to the fund’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, Holder stressed that the goal is to balance the need for resolving claims quickly and fairly ...

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Despite Barbour and Republicans' best efforts, community embraces new casino

SANDERSVILLE — More than six months after Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opened in Jones County near Sandersville, things seem to be going smoothly for both the casino and neighboring area. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had to weather countless efforts by local and state officials — including Gov. Haley Barbour — to stop the construction of Bok Homa. ...

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