Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi’

IRS plan to require tax forms for wins of $600

BILOXI — Casino operators in South Mississippi are coming out against an IRS proposal that would require players to file tax forms any time they win $600 or more on slot machines, keno or bingo. The threshold currently is $1,200. Hit that amount or higher and the slot machine freezes and stays locked until the […] [...]

Lawmakers move on bonds despite complaints from colleges and universities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: bonds, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are likely to agree to borrow a total of $450 million, including nearly $25 million to build an aquarium in Gulfport. House members voted 73-44 to support Senate Bill 2906, which contains $250 million in borrowing, while members are considering another $200 million linked to a bill financed by casino taxes. […] [...]

Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

NEW ORLEANS — A lawyer says last week’s $3.2 million payment for Chinese drywall damage to seven houses is a good sign for thousands of others in at least six states. Plaintiffs’ attorney Russ Herman says it now seems a matter of proving damages for up to 4,000 other people who sued Taishan Gypsum Co. […] [...]

Business groups file briefs in support of Kemper coal plant rehearing

By JACK WEATHERLY Three business-support groups have filed briefs with the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking for a rehearing of the case in which a rate increase for Mississippi Power Co. customers was reversed and a refund ordered. The Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council are seeking to […] [...]

WE’RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Leaders pass up chance to stem hunger, diet-related disease

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, John E. Hall, Mississippi, NEWS, shopping

Tell the truth. Didn’t you feel annoyed and inconvenienced the last time a bare cupboard forced you to make a trip to the supermarket down the street? If that is all you felt, you are among the more fortunate Mississippians. For more than a quarter of your fellow Magnolia State citizens – predominantly those  in […] [...]

State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Carol harris, MDA, Mississippi, NEWS

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of […] [...]

Statue depicts famous duel that originated ‘Bowie knife’

NATCHEZ — A statue depicting a famous duel that resulted in the “Bowie knife” being coined is now on display at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center. The Natchez Democrat reports that Bowie’s Tavern owner Michael Worley acquired the statue after it was featured in the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The statue, sculpted by […] [...]

McComb’s white mayor breaks tie: City to join black caucus

MCCOMB — McComb’s white mayor broke a 3-3 tie along racial lines to affiliate the city with the Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the city’s three black selectmen voted last week to apply, while the three white selectmen voted against applying. Mayor Whitney Rawlings voted to apply. During an […] [...]

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

BY: JEFF AMY JACKSON — One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it’s never before discussed in an open meeting. College Board trustees held repeated discussions […] [...]

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