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University budgets, what’s the bottom line? 

In Jan. 25, Dr. Hank Bounds paced back and forth in an empty State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) board room. The usually upbeat commissioner of higher education sighed, looked over his notes and paced some more. Bounds was waiting on a meeting of the IHL’s Board of Trustees to finalize tuition hikes. As someone who personally struggled to pay ...

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Three charities being scrutinized by state

New law allows Hosemann to crack down on shady charities   The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office has been exercising the “teeth” added to its charities law since its proposed legislation became effective in July 2009. More than 3,000 non-profit organizations are registered with the Secretary of State’s Office, said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and investigations are ongoing. The ...

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Hospital wars

River Oaks, St. Dominic’s do battle over second Madison hospital Madison County is finally getting a new hospital. And if St. Dominic’s Health Services gets its way, the county will be getting two. The state Health Department will conduct hearings for the facility this week. A spokesperson for the Health Department said it will be at least four months before a ...

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GO NUKES?

Former Greenpeace activist tells JSU forum nuclear energy is best clean energy option   Working in a nuclear power plant is safer than working in a bank.  Environmentalist and nuclear energy advocate Dr. Patrick Moore cited this conclusion from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics safety information at a nuclear energy forum held at Jackson State University. Moore is well known ...

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Home sales last year were better than in 2008

Many believe the federal first-time home buyers’ tax credit was the key   Numbers are in from 2009 home sales, and last year’s sales were better than those in 2008. Sales in November and December were up from 2008 due to the rush to buy before the end of the federal first-time home buyers’ tax credit, which was originally set ...

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Consolidation commission faces tough task

    Funding is falling in place for a study to be used by a group established by Gov. Haley Barbour charged with recommending what, if any, public school districts in Mississippi should be consolidated. It may be the only thing that goes smoothly as the group tackles the emotionally-charged issue.   Last December, Barbour unveiled the Commission on Mississippi ...

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Evans judge orders lawyers to get with the program

Banks want title company information in massive real estate fraud scheme   In federal bankruptcy court in Jackson in December, state banks fought with Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company (MVT) for the release of the title company’s internal audit procedures and other information relating to the dealings of Charles Evans Jr. and his brother Chris Evans, who are accused of ...

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Governor calls for small business bailout

Barbour, MDA’s Swoope tell business leaders that previous program was met with a good amount of success Part of the effort in the financial recovery from Hurricane Katrina included a state program that guaranteed portions of loans for small businesses trying to get back on their feet after the storm. Gov. Haley Barbour and Mississippi Development Authority executive director Gray ...

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LLC reform legislation expected

Secretary of State has long known that many limited liability corporations are not above board The result of eighteen months’ worth of work by a committee put together by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to study the state’s limited liability company laws will soon start making its way through the Capitol in the form of reform legislation. Hosemann, who was ...

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The end of tort reform?

Case before Supreme Court challenges Mississippi’s 2004 law A case that could repeal 2004 tort reform law capping non-economic damage awards at $1 million is pending before the state Supreme Court, and more than 50 parties have filed briefs supporting or objecting to the appeal. Mississippi’s tort reform laws, some of the most comprehensive in the nation, put an end ...

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