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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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Retailers win big as court declares 21-cent swipe fee cap too high

The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors erred in letting swipe fees that banks charge retailers for each debit card transaction go as high as 21 cents a transaction, a federal court ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington drew the predicable applause from groups such as the National Retail Federation and scorn from the likes of ...

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Supreme Court orders judge to re-examine case of casino damage to hotel during Katrina

BILOXI, Mississippi  — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a judge to take another look at lawsuit over whether a company is liable for damage caused when the President Casino was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a nearby hotel. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005. Casinos at that time were required to ...

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WaPo obituary hails hero of Emmett Till trial

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young black man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet ...

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Baker Donelson recognized for taking care of its staff

The law firm of Baker Donelson has earned yet another award, this one for operating an exemplary workplace. Vault Inc. has named Baker Donelson a winner in the 2014 edition of  “Best Law Firms to Work For,” ranking it among the top 10 law firms in the country. This national ranking is based on feedback from thousands of law firm ...

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Former AG Mike Moore named to anti-tobacco foundation board

Mike Moore, former Mississippi attorney general and now head of Mike Moore Law Firm in Flowood, has been named to the board of directors of Legacy, an anti-tobacco foundation in Washington, D.C. Legacy was created as a result of the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement reached between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. Moore, ...

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