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Texas company fined for taking water from a Mississippi river

JACKSON — A Texas oil company involved in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale project has agreed to pay a $60,000 penalty for withdrawing water from a stream without a permit. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality tells The Enterprise-Journal Halcon Operating Co., based in Houston, agreed to pay the sum for taking water from Buffalo River […] [...]

Richard Gershon steps down as Dean of UM Law School

OXFORD — University of Mississippi School of Law Dean Richard Gershon says he plans to return to full-time teaching June 30, at the close of his fifth year as dean. University Provost Morris Stocks said in a news release that Professor Deborah Bell will assume the role of Interim Dean until a national search for […] [...]

Proposed ammo ban empties shelves

JACKSON — When word began to spread about a proposed ban on a popular type of ammunition, the market responded faster than a speeding bullet. “I think it was gone the day people heard about it,” Tim Sternberg of Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport said. The buying spree resulted from a proposal by the Bureau […] [...]

Hattiesburg wastewater treatment system could cost $152M

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg could be looking at about $152.5 million over the next three years or so for a fully-mechanical wastewater treatment system that would continue to discharge into the Leaf River. In a presentation Tuesday night to the Hattiesburg City Council and Mayor Johnny DuPree, The Hattiesburg American reports Neel-Schaffer engineer […] [...]

Status of some bills in the Mississippi Legislature

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Tuesday marked a big deadline during the three-month session of the Mississippi Legislature. It was the final day for House and Senate committees to act on general bills that had already been passed by the other chamber. Bills that survived the deadline will go to the full House or Senate for more debate. […] [...]

Bill would make only 1 hospital follow open-meetings act

JACKSON — Only one publicly owned hospital in Mississippi would be required to abide by the state open-meetings and public-records laws, under a watered-down version of a bill that passed a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 2407 was prompted by massive problems with the employee pension plan at Singing River Hospital in Jackson County, and […] [...]

4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast […] [...]

Connie Ladner will be Harrison County’s next circuit clerk

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi, NEWS

GULFPORT — When Connie Ladner was a junior in high school, an assigned report about an elected individual of her choice led her to the circuit clerk’s office. Most of her friends chose the mayor or sheriff. That report — which she got at A+ on — and the meeting with the then-circuit clerk led […] [...]

Hattiesburg council approves 2 of mayor’s nominees

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, NEWS

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has confirmed two of Mayor Johnny DuPree’s nominees to fill administrative positions of leadership. The Hattiesburg American reports Council unanimously approved Tuesday holdover Municipal Court Judge Pro-tem Carol Jones Russell and first-time Public Defender candidate Shakita Taylor. But City Attorney nominee Ramel Cotton was rejected by a 3-2 vote. […] [...]

Olive Branch votes to issue $8 million in bonds

by Published: March 4,2015

Tags: Business, DeSoto County, Mississippi, NEWS, Olive Branch

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch aldermen have voted to issue additional general obligation bonds designed to help pay for several projects. Over the coming months, The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will decide exactly how the $8 million in bonds will be spent with input from city staff. But right now, park improvements […] [...]

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