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Law gives county investment option in selling of hospital

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County will have more flexibility to invest funds from the sale of a local hospital under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Bryant. The Commercial Dispatch reports the county had invested the $30 million it received from the 2001 sale of the county hospital in a certificate of deposit. The 5.2 percent interest the county initially drew ...

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Court agrees to review ruling in Katrina-related climate-change case

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals court has agreed to review a three-judge panel’s ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, caused sea levels to rise ...

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Alabama makes sure no Airbus suppliers come to Miss.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an effort to ensure that Airbus aircraft suppliers move to Alabama and not neighboring states, Alabama leaders have enacted a new law putting a time limit on lawsuits against the airplane manufacturer and its suppliers. The Alabama Senate gave final approval to the legislation yesterday, 27-0, and Gov. Robert Bentley quickly signed it into law. The ...

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Tobacco companies win, have decision overturned

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sided with tobacco companies who argued that a state tax on cigarettes sold at retail outlets outside the state was unfair. Yesterday’s decision overturned a 2011 decision by a Hinds County judge who found the tax fair. However, the issue is moot because lawmakers repealed the tax in 2011 while the lawsuit was ...

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Governor's nominee for DMR chief confirmed by Senate

BILOXI — Senators have confirmed Jamie Miller of Gulfport as executive director of the Biloxi-based Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee members on Wednesday quizzed Miller about how he’ll manage the agency that has had financial problems in recent months. The agency’s former executive director, Bill Walker of Ocean Springs, was terminated Jan. 15 amid ...

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Judge rejects BP's request to block oil spill payouts

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s request to block what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses who claim the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. Before a hearing today, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier already had upheld court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau’s interpretation of settlement terms governing ...

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Glove manufacturer losses contract, laying off workers

EUPORA — A Eupora manufacturer says the loss of a military contract will lead to layoffs. Officials with Ansell Hawkeye Inc. tell WTVA-TV in Tupelo the layoffs will begin May 9. The company, which employees 100 workers at the Webster County facility, says they expect to permanently layoff as many as 60 production workers. Production includes combat gloves and utility ...

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Bryant moves election to fill House seat left vacant by suicide

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST —  Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed back the date of a special election to fill a House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jessica Upshaw. Bryant yesterday changed the District 95 election to May 28. If a runoff is necessary, it’ll be June 18. Candidates’ new qualifying deadline is April 29. Everything is two weeks ...

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Demolition to begin at sites for retail center, casino

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville is clearing the way for another major retail center along Interstate 10 and a casino on Back Bay. A developer has acquired nearly 80 acres at the I-10 junction with Interstate 110. The homes and businesses there will come down by the end of the year and Mayor Rusty Quave tells The Sun Herald ...

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Committee rejects Bomgar's nomination to Education Board

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has rejected Joel Bomgar’s nomination to join the state Board of Education. Bomgar, the 33-year-old founder of Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland, saw his nomination tabled on an 8-7 vote. Opponents subjected Bomgar, a Jackson resident, to sharp questioning about his board membership on the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy, his choice to home-school ...

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