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Supreme Court tosses Curtis Flowers murder conviction

The Supreme Court is throwing out the murder conviction and death sentence for a black man in Mississippi because of a prosecutor’s efforts to keep African Americans off the jury. The defendant already has been tried six times and now could face a seventh trial. The court’s 7-2 decision Friday says the removal of black prospective jurors violated the rights ...

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District at Eastover loft apartments bought by investment firm

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com About a year after the District Lofts apartments were completed, the 261-unit complex in Jackson’s District at Eastover was sold. The buyer, Passco Cos. LLC of Irvine, Calif., a private real estate investment firm, secured a $30.6 million loan from KeyBank, according to multifamilynews.com. But that is not the purchase price, said Breck Hines, a co-developer ...

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Colonial Highlands still awaits turning of dirt for apartments

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Nearly three years ago, the city of Jackson approved a plan to redevelop the former 152-acre Colonial Country Club, but dirt has not been turned on the project. Arlington Properties of Birmingham said last August that it planned to build a 220-unit apartment complex on the property as the first phase of the mixed-use, traditional neighborhood ...

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Telematic devices can improve safety and reduce costs of insurance

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Technology is changing the way the insurance industry operates, with some applications including telematic devices that are used to track the safety of drivers. There is some research, including a recent academic study published in the journal Marketing Science, that shows improvements in driver safety as a result of feedback provided by telematics devices, said Andre ...

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Coast veterinarian couple got SBA loan for expansion after being turned down by banks

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Drs. Jennifer and Jeffrey Sutton, owners of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 8144 E. Oaklawn Road, Biloxi, and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, 132 Porter Ave., Biloxi, went to nearly a dozen banks seeking funds to expand in 2006. While they had a good business they started in 2003, they were disappointed trying to get ...

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Mississippi shrimp season opens Thursday

Shrimping in Mississippi waters opens Thursday. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2019-2020 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport ...

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Toddler drowns in canal at Mississippi RV park

A 2-year-old boy has drowned at an RV and recreational park in Mississippi. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says deputies responded to Presley’s Outing about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a drowning. First responders took over efforts to revive the child, who was ultimately airlifted to Singing River Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Coroner Vicki Broadus confirmed ...

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Tupelo OKs public transit overhaul

Changes to the City of Tupelo’s public transportation system are on the horizon. City officials voted Tuesday to overhaul the system by eliminating the fixed route system and allowing all city residents to request a transportation bus to pick them up from their home instead. The city currently has two methods of travel within the public transit system. There are ...

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Records: County leader accused of DUI got special treatment

Phone records show a county supervisor in Mississippi managed to avoid being booked into jail and got his DUI charge dropped after calling the local sheriff. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lee County Supervisor Billy Joe Holland was arrested in April 2018. Jail staff let him go without bail, and Sheriff Jim Johnson alerted county prosecutor James Moore. The ...

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