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Key figure in expanded prison probe netted big dollars from payday lending groups

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By TED CARTER Madison businessman Irb Benjamin, indicted last week in connection with paying bribes in exchange for prison contracts, made $198,000 in recent years lobbying for Mississippi’s check cashing & payday loan industry. Benjamin pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 to federal bribery and kickback charges that could land him in prison for 20 years and a $250,000 fine for each ...

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Neilson’s ready to kick off next era as it marks 175 years

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Neilson’s Department Store in Oxford was founded nine years before Ole Miss and 30 years before collegiate football – and, the retailer claims, before any other department store in the South. It has been in operation since 1839, save for a few years during the Civil War after U.S. Grant burned it and the rest of the ...

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Settlement reached in lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

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NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups and a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit over the slow-motion spill. Taylor Energy Company said Thursday it has agreed under the settlement to spend $400,000 to foster coastal research and will host a public forum and ...

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Sanderson Farms fiscal performance takes hit from wobbly market

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By JACK WEATHERLY The outbreak of avian flu and other factors cut deeply into Sanderson Farms’ profits in the third fiscal quarter, the Laurel-based poultry producer and processor  said in a release on Tuesday. Net sales were $740 million for the fiscal third quarter, down from $768 million a year earlier. Net income fell  to $50.9 million, or $2.27 a ...

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Is commercial real estate really back? A Q&A

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The National Association of Realtors  recently reported that sales of commercial properties rose 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, with the average estimated transaction hitting the $2 million mark, and residential sales in July 2015 remained at the highest pace since February 2007. Home sales have now increased year-over-year for 10 consecutive months and are 10.3 percent above a year ...

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Mississippi State: Campus gunman arrested, no one wounded

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Authorities at Mississippi State University say they have arrested a person who reportedly was carrying a gun on campus and that no injuries have been reported. MSU spokesman Sid Salter told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that the person had been arrested. He declined to give any further information. The university had issued an online alert shortly ...

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