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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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Bryant names new district attorney to replace incoming judge

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming a deputy prosecutor to take over as district attorney in southeast Mississippi.Bryant on Wednesday named Angel Myers McIlraith to replace Tony Lawrence, who was elected last week to the state Court of Appeals and will take office in January. Once Lawrence becomes judge, McIlraith will become district attorney for Jackson, George and Greene counties. McIlraith ...

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GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be ...

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Callon Petroleum says it plans to relocate its official HQ

Callon Petroleum says it’ll move its official headquarters to Houston, but that dozens of employees based in a Mississippi city would remain rooted there.The company announced Tuesday that the more than three-dozen Natchez-based Callon employees would stay firmly rooted in the city. Callon CEO Joe Gatto tells the Natchez Democrat that the decision to officially move the corporate headquarters provides ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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Mississippi garment factory says it may close without new contract

A northeast Mississippi factory that makes military garments warns it may close if it can’t get another contract.Mississippi Department of Employment Security records show Golden Manufacturing has warned its 80 employees that they could be laid off by Jan. 4.The company, located in the town of Golden, tells the state agency that its current government contract is ending. Managers are ...

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Mistletoe Marketplace: A classic that changes with the times

By JACK WEATHERLY Many, if not most of the members of the Junior League of Jackson were not born in 1980, the first year of the Mistletoe Marketplace. And the annual event that signals the start of the Christmas shopping season for many people has grown over the years. The League, which was established in 1941 and has taken some ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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Mississippi shortage of construction workers becoming more acute

By BECKY GILLETTE With U.S. unemployment rates at the lowest levels seen in 17 years, the shortage of Mississippi construction workers has gone from bad to worse. Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) President Mike Barkett said the construction worker shortage has become more acute because the economy has picked up. “There are more and more opportunities for construction contracts, but ...

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Mississippi homes sales good despite increasing interest rates

By BECKY GILLETTE Predictions that the housing market in Mississippi would be good for both buyers and sellers this year apparently have been borne out despite higher mortgage interest rates and concerns about a short supply of homes available for sale, particularly in the affordable range. Mississippi Realtors President for 2018, Karen Glass, who is also a managing broker for ...

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