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Lonely no more; bankruptcy lawyers remain in high demand

Back a half-dozen years ago when lenders lent like there would be no tomorrow business bankruptcy lawyer Doug Noble felt like a Maytag repairman. His phone wasn’t ringing. Everyone was busy lending, borrowing and making deals. “There was no insolvency-related work because no one was insolvent,” said Noble of McCraney, Montagnet & Quin in Jackson. “I didn’t do very much ...

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The ag gender gap

Women find myriad of opportunities in agriculture industry Certainty is hard to come by. The only thing certain in Lindsey Ellzey’s life is uncertainty. A farmer in Jones County, Ellzey feels there ought to be more awareness of and support for women in agriculture in Mississippi, and she is one of many females in agriculture-related endeavors welcoming the upcoming Mississippi ...

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PGA’s Resort Classic returns to Fallen Oak

Unique funding model with four casinos makes PGA Champions Tour event possible Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast usually are not much into collaboration with each other. The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is a noted exception. This week will mark the second consecutive year that four competing casino resorts — the Beau Rivage, IP Biloxi, Hard Rock Biloxi and the ...

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Making a Pilgrimage

Thousands flocking to Natchez to tour historic Southern homes The 2011 Natchez Spring Pilgrimage is in full tilt, and organizers are expecting this year to be the event’s best in a half-decade or so. With the exception some of the war years, the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, which features tours of the city’s many historic homes, has been held annually since 1932. ...

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Carbon capture sequestration bill receives Barbour’s signature

The Mississippi Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Act passed the Senate and last week received Gov. Haley Barbour’s signature. The bill, which was widely supported by the energy industry, says it is “in the public interest that… carbon dioxide be injected into and stored in oil and gas reservoirs and other geologic formations in a manner protective of waters of ...

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Something real, or is it a bubble?

Higher crop prices and steady increases in land rents and values have Mississippi farm owners believing their fortunes have turned. But recollections of the cropland boom and bust of the 1980s keep their enthusiasm in check. For one Washington County farmer who works several thousand acres, the new prosperity is a mere offset to the bad years. “The farmer needs ...

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Betting the farm

While the escalation in farmland values in the Midwest has gained national attention, Mississippi agricultural land has had a less-noticed run-up of its own. From 2009 through 2010, Mississippi’s cropland rose 5 percent in value, keeping pace with Missouri and Kansas and outpacing Illinois (3.2 percent) and Iowa (1.2 percent), the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported. Mississippi per-acre prices still ...

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Foreclosure settlement could aid underwater Mississippians

A proposed $20-billion settlement to an investigation of fraudulent mortgage foreclosure practices across the nation could help underwater borrowers in Mississippi hang on to their homes through write downs on principal balances. But the wider price could involve a block to the state bringing further legal action on related foreclosure wrongdoings. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has been part of ...

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