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Speed suit: Eminent domain vote repeals constitutional protections

Leland Speed concedes he may be relying on a “technical violation” in a lawsuit to stop a statewide vote on banning the use of eminent domain to take private property. But he’s got to do whatever he can to keep a “dumb” result from occurring, said Speed, a longtime Jackson real estate investor and now interim head of the Mississippi ...

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Loosening the purse strings

Small businesses receiving loans from Mississippi’s planning and development districts could possibly see their interest rates lowered under a bill that cleared the Senate last week. Senate Bill 2954 would delete the requirement that PDDs charge a minimum 5 percent interest rate on loans they make to small businesses in their service areas. Instead, the interest rates could be no ...

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Registered lobbyists preparing to represent clients’ issues to Legislature

When the 2011 Mississippi Legislature convenes Jan. 4, registered lobbyists will be on hand to make their clients’ issues known to representatives and senators. Hayes Dent of Yazoo City says it’s clear to all observers that the state’s budget will be the key issue in this session. “There are two separate and distinct philosophical views on this, and as long ...

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State’s retailers optimistic about season economy

Crucial final weeks before Christmas will tell the tale of potential success for retail business in 2010 The last weeks of the year are crucial for retailers who look to the holiday shopping season to improve the year’s bottom line. Like their national counterparts, Mississippi business owners welcome this time of year. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” says Johnny Miller, owner of ...

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