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Jackson councilman wants insurance mandate on certain convenience stores

The liability insurance Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes wants to require of convenience stores in the city that sell alcoholic beverages may make the premises safer from mishaps such as slip-and-falls. But don’t look for it to lessen the likelihood of violent incidents – or to even cover customers injured by violence, insurance professionals say. >>> SEE FULL STORY <<<

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Rice farmers in line for Bayer settlement

Mississippi rice farmers can start lining up for money from a recent $750-million, multi-state settlement with Bayer CropScience involving the accidental release of genetically modified rice in the U.S. food chain that negatively impacted sales to foreign markets. But while the settlement is welcome relief, some rice producers are expressing regret that the case ever went to trial and the ...

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Pleasant surprise: Businesses unaware of MDES’ E-Verify service

The business community had serious concerns back in 2008 when the Mississippi Employment Protection Act was signed into law. The legislation requires companies to use the E-Verify system to screen employees to ensure they are legal. Noncompliance means stiff, potentially business-killing penalties. Now, the business community seems largely unaware — and pleasantly surprised — that the Mississippi Department of Employment ...

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Hinds CC film program starts in August

Hinds Community College is ready to help with film industry workforce development by giving students the hands-on experience they need for employment in the film and video industry. Hinds will kick off its new film and video technology program at its Rankin campus in August, making it the only two-year college in Mississippi to offer film courses. >>> SEE COMPLETE ...

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Tradeoff: Jobs or property rights? Mississippians must settle issue

Mississippians cheered the arrival of big league economic development this decade with Nissan’s arrival in Canton and Toyota pending move into Blue Springs. But a property rights movement is working to blunt the enthusiasm for more economic bonanzas — at least if state incentives include offering the mega employers private property the state would seize through eminent domain. The Mississippi ...

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‘Replacement costs’ likely go by wayside with eminent domain vote

A ballot initiative to curb eminent domain in Mississippi to protect private property from private enterprise carries a cost land owners may not have considered, says Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District. New limits on the state’s eminent domain law through a constitutional change could end the paying of “replacement value”… >>> SEE COMPLETE STORY ...

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Absentee ballot schedule needs speedy eminent domain resolution

Mississippi’s courts must move quickly to resolve a key state constitutional issue —whether it’s legal to limit eminent domain through a voter referendum. Otherwise trouble is ahead for state elections officials who must meet deadlines for printing and distributing ballots on the property rights question. The clock begins to wind down at 9 a.m. July 25 when… >>> SEE COMPLETE ...

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