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Eaton says material was not intentionally withheld in legal fight

Eaton Corp. officials agree on one thing: The newly discovered emails that discussed former Hinds County District Attorney and former circuit judge Bobby DeLaughter were found on a former company lawyer’s computer. Why they weren’t found years ago is where the stories diverge. The new emails were particularly important, because discovery fights have been common since the trade secret litigation ...

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Upon further review: State had negative GDP for 2011

Mississippi dipped back into recession in 2011, with overall economic output shrinking 0.8 percent, according to federal figures released last Tuesday. The Magnolia State was one of only six states where the economy contracted in 2011, along with Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Wyoming, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported. Senior economist Marianne Hill with the Mississippi Institutes ...

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Farm Bureau seeks to intervene in water quality lawsuit

The Mississippi Farm Bureau joined in early May 13 of its fellow state organizations in filing a motion to intervene in litigation seeking to establish uniform nutrient water quality standards. Gulf Restoration Network v. Jackson, et al is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to either adopt uniform nutrient water quality standards for all U.S. waters or to adopt similar measures ...

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Habitat, other housing non-profits gain freedom from mortgage origination rules

A state law signed in late May relieves Mississippi’s Habitat for Humanity chapters of requirements that each chapter have a person certified to originate mortgages. That provision of the state’s version of the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act, or SAFE, mandated that any organization or individual originating more than five mortgages a year obtain certification, a process ...

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Political conventions this summer will be reunion for Goldwater and McGovern offspring

It is summertime, which means a time to peer at the political future with a gaze to the political past. The holiday that many consider the unofficial beginning of summer affords the opportunity to shake off the residue of a just-completed school year and to begin contemplating what lies ahead. Considering what the immediate future holds in politics requires that ...

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Clarksdale's Oxbow Restaurant and Catering proves you can revitalize without spending millions

Hayden and Erica Hall were born and raised in Clarksdale, and went off to get experience in different tastes and styles before coming back home to open Oxbow Restaurant and Catering. After college Hayden worked at chef Wolfgang Puck’s Asian fusion restaurant The Source in Washington, D.C., and Erica worked on Capitol Hill before they moved to New Orleans, where ...

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GreenTech will launch MyCar production in Horn Lake next month

GreenTech Automotive will launch its MyCar line in Horn Lake July 6. It will mark the company’s first production run since its arrival in Mississippi. Charles Wang, CEO of Virginia-based GTA, said at an October 2009 ceremony in Tunica that his company would build a massive facility there that would produce gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. Production capacity numbers – 150,000 vehicles ...

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True South Classic is ready to introduce itself

Six weeks before the True South Classic tees off, the tournament’s big marketing push is about to start. Tournament officials hope the campaign will drive ticket sales, something that’s already “tracking well,” according to the executive director. “Traditionally we’ll spike once all the (advertising and marketing) efforts get completely going here shortly,” said John Marovich, of Bruno Event Team. The ...

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Realtors, bankers, builders concerned that new regulations will dampen housing recovery

A provision of the Dodd-Frank banking reform law has non-profit housing provider Habitat for Humanity worried it could get into legal hot water making loans to high-risk borrowers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, created by the banking reform legislation is setting rules for implementing qualified mortgage and ability-to-pay regulations. The measures are designed to protect lenders and borrowers ...

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