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Greater Jackson housing market improving

Sales, average price on upswing in Metro area Just as with most markets across the state and nation, the housing sector in the greater Jackson area has been on the upswing since the beginning of the year. Both sales and average price have improved, and there is some optimism that the market is finally showing signs of stabilizing. “I think ...

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Putting families back in homes

  Neighborhood program putting families back in their homes   There can be a snowball effect when a large number of foreclosures hit a neighborhood. Who wants to buy a home when prices are declining and many homes in the neighborhood are vacant with unkempt yards because of foreclosures? But, now there is an opportunity to turn things around with federal ...

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Coordinating infrastructure projects

Metropolitan planning organizations keep eye on projects that have short timeline Transportation improvements are coming to Mississippi thanks to the federal stimulus package which allocated $354 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for statewide projects. These infrastructure projects are being coordinated through MDOT’s Planning Division with metropolitan planning and development organizations representing all areas of the state. “These projects ...

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Recession another blow to Miss. Katrina survivors

  OCEAN SPRINGS — In the four years since Hurricane Katrina swallowed Barbara Lambert’s Gulf Coast house, her family has slowly rebuilt its life – moving out of a FEMA mobile home and to another city, finding a job for her husband and enrolling the kids in new schools. Then, the recession hit. The Lamberts and others along the hurricane-stricken ...

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Barbour: Budget cuts possible if revenues anemic

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll start cutting the state budget if tax collections fall significantly short in August, as they did in July. Barbour says cuts could begin in next few weeks, if they’re needed. He says all parts of state government could be subject to reductions – and public schools, community colleges and universities could be ...

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Health Department awards CONs

The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded certificates of need (CONs) to three healthcare facilities. RCG of Mayersville, LLC, has received CON authority for the relocation of its end stage renal disease (ESRD) facility from Mayersville to Rolling Fork. The proposed project will relocate the facility from a sub-standard modular structure to a leased masonry building, which has been ...

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MSU faculty member earns highest honor

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) forestry faculty member is receiving the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) most prestigious honor for junior faculty members, the Early Career Development Award. Assistant professor Cetin Yuceer of MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is being honored with a 2009 NSF Early Career Development Award of $500,000. He will be seeking to identify and ...

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Barbour asks Court to reconsider ruling

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has joined the state’s leading medical associations in asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider a decision, which could reverse the progress made by tort reform. In an amicus brief, Barbour stated that the court’s “decision, coupled with two more recent decisions of this court, will erode part of the progress Mississippi has made regarding ...

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'Robocall' ban soon to be in effect

WASHINGTON — Beginning Sept. 1, prerecorded commercial telemarketing calls to consumers, commonly known as robocalls, will be prohibited, unless the telemarketer has obtained permission in writing from consumers who want to receive such calls, the Federal Trade Commission announced. The new requirement is part of amendments to the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) that were announced a year ago. After ...

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Unemployment claims fall

In the week ending Aug. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 570,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 566,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the week ending ...

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