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Bank reform sets stage for state, federal regulator spat

With the volumes of rule making required to fully implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, observers widely viewed the measure as a regulatory turf war waiting to happen. The waiting is over. The historic reform law, which went into effect July 21, will be the subject of many more months of rule making by federal regulators. But already under challenge ...

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Pioneering summit to explore creative economy

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission are offering the state’s first Creative Economy Summit this week that will include the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of Mississippi’s creative industries. Communities such as Oxford, Meridian and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have found success in growing their “creative economy” — adding jobs and enhancing communities’ quality of life ...

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Supreme Court asks for briefs related to new certificate of need law

A month after it took effect, a law designed to streamline the appeals process related to certificates of need is having its constitutionality questioned by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court entered an order July 28 asking for briefs from Attorney General Jim Hood, the Mississippi Department of Health and Dialysis Solutions, LLC, that will address the constitutionality of the ...

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Catch-22: getting on welfare easier than getting off

Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the Section 8 Payton Garden housing ...

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Mississippi poverty grows with single mom rate

Despite having one of the nation’s top-rated welfare programs, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation: 21.8 percent. While a national group of experts has said poverty numbers are incorrectly calculated and are too high, the fact remains that approximately 20 percent of Mississippians are not self-sufficient. Don Taylor, former head of the state Department of Human Services, ...

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Proposed rule concerns judges, business owners

A proposed rule change that would require certain businesses to be represented by an attorney when appearing in justice court in a civil case has both the business community and justice court judges up in arms. With the proposal, known as Rule 2.12, now pending before the Mississippi Supreme Court, the justice court judges and business advocates are rallying to ...

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