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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

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Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson’s control over the state’s largest airport. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a nine-member regional board, rather than a five-member city board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Critics say creating a new board is a ...

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Jackson joins suit against airport takeover

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Jackson is joining a lawsuit filed in April to fight state attempts to restructure control of the city’s airport. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city and the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Jeffery Stallworth in federal court, in which he claims House Bill 2162 violates his Fifth Amendment as a resident, ...

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Hinds County DA charged with helping accused criminals

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The district attorney in Mississippi’s largest county was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegally advising people accused of crimes. He would be removed from office if convicted. A six-count criminal charge was filed Wednesday against third-term Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, 45, after an investigation by the FBI and the Mississippi attorney general’s office. The document, filed by ...

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American Staffing Association forms state council

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By LISA MONTI Staffing firms around Mississippi employed an average of 26,646 temporary and contract workers per week in 2015, and those workers earned an average of $30,909. During 2013, the state’s staffing firms had total sales of $1 billion. Now a new staffing and recruiting organization has been formed in the state that aims to inform Mississippians about job opportunities ...

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Jackson confirms budget deficit, cuts ahead

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The mayor of Jackson has suggested that the city needs to make cuts, as it has exhausted its fund balance and dipped into emergency reserves. The Clarion-Ledger reports that during a Thursday budget meeting Mayor Tony Yarber proposed cutting Summer Youth Employment Program, funding provided to outside agencies, non-essential purchase or travel requests and non-emergency overtime not previously approved. Yarber ...

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JRA set to hire law firm to evaluate financial viability of hotel proposal

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By TED CARTER Jackson Redevelopment Authority is preparing to pay law firm Watkins & Eager $90,000 to examine the financial soundness of the proposal selected for building a convention center hotel. Though the scope of work has not yet been determined, the Jackson law firm would supposedly look into the financial viability of the deal Engineering Design Technologies offered on building ...

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Hertz ready to step in with City Centre conversion to hotel

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  By TED CARTER A continued absence of progress on a Jackson convention center hotel could create an opening for Hertz Investment Group to convert downtown’s City Centre, a two-tower office complex, into a convention hotel. The only snag is a pair of tenant leases that do not expire until 2017 and 2018, according to Jim Ingram, executive VP and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Which lane are you in?

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Driving toward downtown Jackson on Interstate 55 from the north, a driver encounters something known locally as “the waterworks curve.” There are three southbound lanes at that point. In typical urban interstate motoring fashion, drivers begin jockeying for lanes as they approach their desired exit, of which there are three in the next mile. The first is Fortification Street, the ...

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Airport Authority prepping for court fight on airport control

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By TED CARTER  The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has hired Phelps Dunbar lawyer Fred Banks Jr. to handle litigation that could arise over a possible state takeover of governance of Jackson’s airports. Banks would not confirm the hiring. However, Airport Authority board minutes show members enlisted the help of Banks well before Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood introduced his bill ...

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Developer selected for Jackson convention hotel has crucial tests ahead

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By TED CARTER Marietta, Ga., real estate development firm Engineering Design Technologies has emerged as preferred developer for a convention center hotel but its proposal is entering a critical phase that previous hotel proposals have failed to survive. In recent years proposals from Dallas’s Transcontinental Realty International and Tampa’s Robinson Callen died after the Jackson Redevelopment Authority made them the top ...

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