Dan Jones rejects IHL offer, won't publicly apologize

According to published reports, Dan Jones has rejected a two-year deal from the IHL to return to the University of Mississippi as its chancellor, because the deal would have required him to publicly apologize to the board. In a report by the Clarion Ledger, Jones has reportedly counter-offered that he would accept the two-year offer and […]

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JOSH MABUS: Bill Murray and business misfits

Josh Mabus Bill Murray is a comic genius. Bill Murray might also be a jerk. Theodore Melfi just directed Murray in the critically acclaimed film St. Vincent. Through interviews Melfi gave to USA Today and Vanity Fair, one can piece together the frustration of casting Murray — the perfect actor for the title role of…

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Lessons available from past Tupelo bond votes

TUPELO — The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single bond issue for local education…

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Manufacturing grows sluggish as oil prices slide, economists say

By TED CARTER Steep declines in oil and petroleum prices have finally shown a corresponding drop in commercial construction costs tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Producer Price Index. Contractors can cheer about the drop in costs – at least those who don’t build for the oil exploration and mining sectors. Not so for manufacturers.…

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Suit against Kemper employee Brett Wingo is dismissed

Jack Weatherly A case involving a key manager at Mississippi Power Co’.s Kemper County clean-coal plant who had been taken to court in Birmingham by the utility’s parent has been dismissed. To keep Brett J. Wingo from going public with information about the plant — which the company said would do it great harm —…

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Supes put own cash into hospital retirees’ lobbying trip

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Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway

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Office occupancy edged up throughout Metro Jackson

Vacancies in Metro Jackson’s office market dropped by 1.9 percent last year as the Central Business District and other sub-markets achieved a net absorption of 129,612 square feet of previously vacant space, the CB Richard Ellis Jackson office reports. The increased leasing brought the market-wide vacancy rate to 21.4 percent, according to the CBRE Office…

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The Dan Jones-IHL saga: Is this the story that started it all?

Dan Jones In 2011, the Mississippi Business Journal published a story about Democratic strategist Jere Nash sending an email to Delta Council executive vice president Chip Morgan. In the email, which was included in the court file of James Hahn’s lawsuit against the Delta Health Alliance, Nash discusses ways to bring some combination of public and social embarrassment…

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Addressing the food market challenge … Bill offers incentives for grocers in underserved areas

By TED CARTER A bill that has passed the Mississippi Senate and awaiting a floor vote in the House gives grocers tax credits and other incentives for opening stores in a vast swath of Mississippi underserved by food retailers. Senate Bill 2840 sponsor Sen. David Blount said his legislation grew out of concern among legislators…

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