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Carter: Miss. played as chump as Amazon takes tax-free ride

Amazon.com is clearly in a bind as states grow more eager to tax the online sales of the world’s largest cyber retailer. That makes it difficult to understand why Mississippi doesn’t stop digging through the couch cushions for loose change when it instead could get in line for a well deserved payday. If nothing else, Mississippi could leverage some jobs ...

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DiamondJacks owner countersues over $6.25 million deposit

VICKSBURG — An Oklahoma Indian tribe and the bankrupt owner of two DiamondJacks casinos are suing each other over the collapse of the tribe’s plan to buy the gambling halls. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare that it didn’t break its agreement to buy gambling halls in Bossier ...

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Senate property panel OKs Blount’s office consolidation proposals

State Sen. David Blount’s is seeing early success with a pair of bills to consolidate 28 state offices now scattered throughout the metro area into privately owned vacant office space within the Capitol Complex, an area extending from downtown to Lakeland Drive. Blount’s bill has won approval from the Senate Public Property Committee and now heads to the full Senate ...

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Buyer sues DiamondJacks owner to get back deposit

The Oklahoma Indian tribe that planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg is now suing to get back the $6.25 million deposit it put down on the purchase. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare it didn’t break its agreement to buy the two gambling ...

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UM law school to offer first-in-nation LL.M in Air & Space law

The University of Mississippi School of Law will launch the nation’s first LL.M. in Air and Space Law in the fall, with the degree program being available both on campus and online and as a full-time or part-time program. Once it receives the necessary approvals, including the American Bar Association acquiescence – expected this month – the Oxford-based law school ...

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THE MBJ VIEW: Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth look ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in ...

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Help with manufacturing exports on tap for Feb. 7 Indianola seminar

Mississippi manufacturers that want to begin export operations or expand current ones can get details on resources and other help available to them at a Feb. 7 workshop in Indianola sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority. Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority. ...

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s Big River Steel LLC, Blytheville, ...

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Senate bills call for moving dozens of state offices to Capitol area

Downtown Jackson would see hundreds of new workers and a whittling of its office space vacancies through proposals from Senate Public Property Committee Chairman David Blount to consolidate more state agencies into space available in the Jackson Capitol Complex. In support of a pair of bills he has introduced, Blount produced an analysis from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management ...

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