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Senate panel says no to request for lt. gov’s correspondence

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JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ email and other correspondence are not public records that are subject to disclosure, the Mississippi Senate Rules Committee said Monday. Leaders of a group promoting a school funding amendment disagreed. Patsy Brumfield of the 42 For Better Schools Campaign said the group sent certified letters on Aug. 11 to Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn, ...

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Updated: DAK Americas expanding operations in Hancock County

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MBJ staff DAK Americas is expanding its Hancock County operations at Port Bienville with the construction of manufacturing facilities to produce 230 million pounds per year of polyester staple fibers. The company said the expansion is a multi-million dollar investment will create 86 jobs, bringing the work force at the facility to 239, according to a news release.  DAK’s Pearl River site ...

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Miss. newsman Jack Elliott retiring after 31 years with AP

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  JACKSON — Longtime Mississippi journalist Jack Elliott Jr. is retiring after more than three decades at The Associated Press. The 66-year-old Elliott has covered politics, court cases, executions, natural disasters and a wide variety of other news stories. His final day at the AP is Monday. “Jack has been a strong, guiding hand in the Jackson bureau and served ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Healing on the coast — A sunny mortality

The cottage that was formerly the home of folk artist Alice Moseley is typical of the Victorian houses that dominate the city's Old Town.

BAY ST. LOUIS – We sit on the porch of our rental cottage two blocks from the Gulf. Palmettos embrace the screened enclosure with their large fronds resembling the human hand. Hence their name. It’s hard not to think we’re in paradise. Or should I say paradise regained? The lane is always quiet, but more so in the morning, disturbed only ...

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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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