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Hungry? Get your gun

New bill would allow Mississippians to carry guns into restaurants and bars John Ginn and his wife Danielle have owned Kittrell’s on the Square, a restaurant and bar in Lexington, for going on five years. It is housed in one of the oldest buildings on Lexington’s historic Courthouse Square, and has made a name for itself with its steaks, seafood ...

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Judge: Land will be sold despite objections  

Trial is set for Oct. 25 At a bankruptcy hearing Feb. 19 in Jackson regarding the Evans commercial real estate fraud case, Judge Neil Olack ruled that land would be sold to generate money and federal proceedings would continue despite Mississippi Valley Title’s request to hold off until its chancery court suit could be transferred to Olack’s court. Olack also ...

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Steering latest issue

Usually dependable Corolla added to list of vehicles recalled Late last week, it appeared Toyota was set to add its Corolla compact sedan to its list of recalls because of problems with the car’s steering. What is certain is that the next arena in which the recall fight will be waged will be one filled with lawyers. A New Albany ...

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Rankin-Hinds Levee Board calls attention to itself

The Rankin-Hinds Levee Board exists without a phone number or a Web site and has for years spent tax dollars under the radar. However, the board has recently drawn attention to itself as controversy over the Army Corps of Engineers plan for Pearl River flood control and an alternate private developer’s Two Lakes plan has progressed. Some board members have ...

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Mississippi front-runner in court E-filing

Scott County following the lead of Madison County with open records for all With e-filing through the Mississippi Electronic Court (MEC) system, lawyers save time and money, and lengthy legal briefs in pdf format are accessible to the public with the stroke of a button. The system allows attorneys to file their pleadings and retrieve documents via the Internet. The ...

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Bye-bye banks? Credit unions are the hot thing

Credit unions offer enticing credit card and mortgage terms and can charge less than banks on unsecured loans The story has been repeated countless times across the country during the past few months when the economy has been less than robust. People floundering financially and handcuffed by credit problems, they search for a solution to ever-soaring interest rates. A high ...

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Stewart believes federal help is on the way

Small business employs roughly half of the nation’s workers. It’s what drives most of America’s job growth, according to some labor analysts. In his State of the Union speech last month, President Obama touted a slew of federal initiatives aimed at stimulating small business hiring and growth.  One of those initiatives includes a plan to recycle $30 billion of the ...

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‘The good guys won one’

Recent ruling clarifies insurance coverage on construction job site On Feb. 11, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that a general contractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) policy should, once a project is completed, cover problems that arise from work performed by a subcontractor. It was a result the construction industry had been hoping for since last fall. The decision was ...

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Bill takes aim at deer-hunting season

Backers hope act curbs deer-vehicle accidents Rodney Wayne could not believe the damage to his vehicle when earlier this year, he hit a deer near Flora on his way to work. The accident totaled his Jeep Grand Cherokee. “The power steering pump ended up inside the valve cover,” said Wayne, a mechanic by trade and avid deer hunter. “That’s expensive ...

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New program is paying early dividends

Jackson Leadership Initiative Program began last October Two Jackson businesswomen’s vision has become a reality. Kim Wolford grew tired of watching young political science majors graduate and move away from Mississippi due to the lack of opportunity. Linda Brune felt those same college students needed to see how things work in government, up close and personal. And through their persistence, ...

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