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Housing authority looking to cut workweek to four days

LELAND — The director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority is proposing a four-day workweek for employees. The Delta Democrat Times reports Patricia Logan presented the idea to SDRHA’s board. Logan wants to switch the agency’s 30 employees to a 10-hour-a-day, four-day-a-week schedule from the current five eight-hour days. Logan says the agency’s budget has been squeezed by federal ...

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City's new rental property ordinance gets opposition from landlords

PEARL — Tensions are high in Pearl over a new ordinance related to rental property. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city is requiring existing rental properties to have sprinklers in case of fires. It also mandates landlords add warning sirens, a telephone or text emergency warning system that would notify tenants in emergencies, and storm shelters capable of withstanding an EF2 ...

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County's assessed value of property nears high-billion dollars

PURVIS — With solid growth for the past 20 years, the assessed value of property, homes and other assets in Lamar County is approaching the half-billion dollar mark, continuing to bolster county revenue. The Hattiesburg American reports the county’s current assessed valuation, the total of taxable property, stands at over $498 million, up more than $7 million from 2012. In ...

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Group says purchase of historic home should wrap up this fall

VAIDEN — Organizers say the acquisition of Cotesworth as a cultural and heritage landmark should be complete by late fall. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports state Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, told Carroll County supervisors this week that with the help of $2 million from Legislature and private donations, the ancestral home of 19th century U.S. Sen. J.Z. George will be purchased, ...

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FNC index: Home prices rose again in April

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows that U.S. home prices continued to rise in April, up 0.7 percent from the previous month. April’s gain marks the largest price acceleration since June 2012, caused in part by rising seasonal demand entering spring and summer. Improved credit availability, low interest rates, and low home prices continue to drive ...

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County wants Entergy customer records; utility says it's 'fishing'

MADISON COUNTY — County officials are seeking customer information on 25,000 Madison County residents from Entergy Mississippi in an ongoing investigation of homestead exemption fraud, but the utility is fighting what it calls “a fishing expedition” in a case before the Mississippi Supreme Court. “The only thing we’re asking from Entergy are regularly kept business records,” said Madison County District ...

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Ex-housing director pleading guilty to conspiracy to embezzle

SHELBY — The former director of a nonprofit housing agency has agreed to plead guilty to charges against her and testify against an ex-state employee. Linda Balducci of Shelby pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Michael Mills to one count of conspiracy to embezzle money. Court papers show that Balducci also will testify against codefendant Connie Lewis, a ...

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Senators introduce bill aimed at keeping down flood insurance costs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today joined Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to introduce legislation to avoid flood insurance rate increases. Cochran is the primary cosponsor to the Responsible Implementation of Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was developed in response to increasing concerns from Mississippians about the prospect of significantly higher flood insurance rates being imposed as early as ...

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Realtors report better prices, sales in metro Jackson

JACKSON — The housing market is looking up in central Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger reports that statistics from the Jackson Association of Realtors show higher prices and faster sales than a year ago. Board president Dorothy Thompson says people finally seem convinced they’ve survived the worst of the recession and can again make big-ticket purchases. The association covers Hinds, Madison, Rankin, ...

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With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop as early as this week ...

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