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Toyota in Turmoil

Experts mixed on future of Blue Springs plant The wave of recalls that have created a public relations crisis for Toyota took direct aim at Mississippi last week when the automotive company announced that the 2010 Prius hybrid was being recalled because of problems with its antilock braking system. Prius joined a handful of other Toyota models, with most of ...

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Pump or not to pump?

Controversial pump could have saved farmers thousands of acres of flooded farmland last year As the proposed Yazoo Backwater Project, aimed at controlling floods in the South Delta, works its way through the legal system, farmers are calculating their losses last year caused by the record rainfall. Would the project’s proposed pumping station have saved a significant amount of cropland ...

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Richardson leading charge at Brookwood

Willie Richardson has had a lot of great moments in his life. Consider the Clarksdale native’s body of work: -An All-Pro receiver with the Baltimore Colts who played in one of the NFL’s most memorable Super Bowls • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame • Inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame • A three-time ...

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Metro housing numbers on decline since 2006

According to MLS residential data from 2006 to 2009, homes sold in the Jackson area in the $100,000 to $250,000 price range represented strongest overall residential market. Homes in this range in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties accounted for more than 50 percent of total residential sales annually. Most significant change is total number of units sold in the category ...

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The end of Eastover?

Question of whether to lease or sell property could force developer to abandon $150-million mixed-use development   Late last year, negotiations between a Jackson developer and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann broke down after the two could not reach an agreement over lease terms for the development of the Old Blind School property in Northeast Jackson. Now Ted Duckworth, who ...

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Plans expand for Madison St. Dominic’s

  At a recent rally for the proposed St. Dominic’s Madison Campus, approximately 400 supporters learned of the hospital’s plans to expand the new hospital campus with 350 acres of sports fields and recreational features. The addition to the campus would be a public-private investment for health and wellness, sports and recreation, said Paul Arrington, St. Dominic’s vice president of ...

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Partnership committee: You get what you pay for

After the salary of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s president and CEO was recently published, the organization’s compensation committee members have made it known they believe their leader is “worth every penny” of his nearly $380,000 salary. Committee member Walter S. Weems said he acknowledges that CEO Duane O’Neill’s compensation is “a significant number,” but believes the greater Jackson community ...

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Inventory, franchise tax still alive, but barely

Last week was the first major bill deadline of the 2010 legislative session.  By midnight Tuesday, a bill would be considered dead if it had not made it out of committee and onto the floor of its chamber. The two headline issues for the business community — the reduction and/or elimination of the inventory tax and the franchise tax — ...

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PSC questions MPC on IPP contracts and cost overruns

MPC wants to build ‘clean coal’ plant at a cost for more than $2.4 billion The state Public Service Commission’s resource hearings centered on a proposed $2.5 billion clean coal plant in Kemper County began Feb. 1 and included questions about plant financing, reliance on natural gas, legitimacy of independent power producer (IPP) contracts, and the mitigation of potential plant ...

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