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New curbs on military surplus gun imports among Obama’s new firearms rules

WASHINGTON — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations, the Associated Press reports. Four months after a gun control drive collapsed spectacularly ...

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UMMC in talks to make Jackson’s Landmark home for 300 workers

JACKSON, Mississippi — Downtown’s long vacant Landmark Center is the preferred choice of the University of Mississippi’s Medical Center for a new workplace for around 300 information technology workers and other support staff, the Mississippi Business Journal first reported Wednesday. The governing board of the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning would have to approve UMMC’s purchase of the 340,000 square-foot ...

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In reversal on marijuana cigarettes, CNN's Gupta says smoke 'em if you got 'em

Before he started working on his documentary called “Weed,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta thought the research backing medical marijuana was unimpressive. “I’m here to apologize,” he says. In a first-person article he wrote in advance of “Weed,” Gupta says he had not looked hard enough at the issue, until now. I didn’t look far enough,” says the neurosurgeon who is CNN’s ...

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Warren Circuit Court clerk free on bond after embezzlement indictment

VICKSBURG, Mississippi — State Auditor Stacy Pickering’s legal wrangling with Warren County Circuit Court Clerk Shelly Palmertree over claims she vastly overpaid herself in office took a turn toward criminal prosecution Wednesday morning with Palmertree’s indictment and arrest. The arrest came after a Warren County grand jury indicted the embattled court clerk on two felony counts of embezzlement, charges stemming ...

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JRA agrees to let Journeyman Austin vie for convention hotel deal

It’s game-on for two hotel development companies bidding to build a convention center hotel in Jackson. The unsolicited proposal Journeyman Austin submitted to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday is now in the hands of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, where officials say it will get consideration from the JRA’s Board of Trustees. Journeyman Austin’s proposal must play ...

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. The Austin, Texas-based ...

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Austin developer preparing unsolicited proposal for Jackson convention center hotel

JACKSON, Mississippi — Tampa’s Robinson Callen Development may soon have company in a quest to build a convention center hotel in Jackson. While Robinson Callen has a head start with its unsolicited $60 million proposal having received an official blessing from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s Board of Commissioners on June 25, Austin, Texas, hotel developer Journeyman Austin wants to submit ...

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OUR VIEW: Running blind into a convention hotel deal

Robinson Callen Development’s proposal for a long-awaited convention hotel in Jackson just may be the “dream come true” that many local officials say it is. But like most dreams, this one is unfolding in a chaotic fashion and offering up more than a few unanswered questions. First, why is the $60 million deal moving at the speed of light with ...

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