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Baptist, Methodist ministers join to decry gay discrimination legislation

Five Mississippi Baptist and Methodist pastors have sent a letter to state legislators urging them to keep discriminatory language out of a so-called “Religious Freedom” bill that passed the House in late January and is now before House Judiciary Committee B. An amended version of the bill, SB2681, cleared the House Judiciary Committee B Tuesday morning. The amendments, as urged ...

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide it,” explained Gators Dockside general ...

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Netflix, Comcast deal speeding up service, analyst says

Jeff Kagan, a veteran telecom industry analyst based in Atlanta, likes the arrangement Netflix and Comcast have reached. Here is what he has to say: Comcast and Netflix seem to have finally struck a deal that will benefit them both, and their customers. This is just one of many such deals that will have to be reached between a variety ...

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals process all but ensures that ...

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Suspects decline to talk about Meredith statue vandalism

The University of Mississippi Police Department believes it has identified the individuals who recently vandalized a statue of James Meredith on the UM campus, but the suspects are not being cooperative. Three 19-year-old white male freshmen from Georgia were declining through their attorneys late yesterday to be questioned by university police regarding the vandalism Sunday morning of the Meredith statue, ...

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Agricultural & Livestock agents arrest Pickens men in cattle thefts

JACKSON, Mississippi — Agents of the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau arrested two Pickens men Feb.10 on cattle rustling charges. The Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, said it anticipates additional arrests and charges in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike McGowan, with assistance from the sheriff’s ...

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UPDATED: State's Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in the state. The measure also ...

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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson's new higher sales tax

The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises that it is important for ...

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director, is not inclined to ...

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