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Hard Rock explores expansion options

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

BILOXI -- Hard Rock Casino Biloxi is considering building a 12-story hotel tower that would add 154 hotel rooms.

 

 

BancorpSouth profits drop, company to sell stock

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit dropped even as it cut loan losses. The regional bank, with $13 billion in assets, posted a profit of $13.3 million, or 16 cents per share, in the last three months of 2011. That's down 16 percent from $15.8 million, or 19 cents per share, in 2010's fourth quarter.

 

 

Renasant Corp.'s fourth quarter profit rises

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

TUPELO -- Renasant Corp. says fourth-quarter profit rose on the strength of its expansion.

 

 

Southaven stops paying stipend to mayor

Posted 1/19/2012 in State

SOUTHAVEN -- A $145,000 annual salary already makes Southaven Mayor Greg Davis one of the highest-paid public officials in Mississippi. But the city also has been paying the mayor a little-known $35,000-a-year stipend for supervising water and sewer operations.

 

 

State plans teacher evaluation system

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

TUPELO -- The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year.

 

 

Police hiring lawsuit settled

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

ABERDEEN -- A settlement has been announced between the city of Tupelo and former police recruit Latana Williams.

 

 

Columbia student hit by car after exiting bus

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- A 13-year-old Columbia student was hit by a car while trying to cross a street after getting off a school bus.

 

 

Hood: Judge should invalidate some Barbour pardons

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesday he'll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion.

 

 

Hood: Some pardoned by Barbour gave proper notice

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he won't challenge the pardons of 13 people who met a state constitutional requirement to publish a notice that they were seeking a pardon. The state constitution says the notice must be published for at least 30 days in a newspaper in or a near the county where the crime occurred.

 

 

Bryant to give State of the State speech next week

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he'll offer specific policy proposals when he gives his first State of the State address next week.

 

 

Corinth seeks city-only liquor election

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

CORINTH -- The city of Corinth will ask the Legislature to approve a city-only vote on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

 

 

Work halted on Waveland Police Department

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

WAVELAND -- Construction has been stopped on the Waveland's new police station. Mayor David Garcia tells the Sea Coast Echo that the work stoppage is only temporary.

 

 

Jackson businessman Stuart M. Irby found dead

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Authorities said a prominent Jackson businessman took his own life Tuesday, days after his wife was released from prison by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

Officials have meeting on Gulf restoration plans

Posted 1/18/2012 in State

GAUTIER -- Federal and state officials have presented plans to hold BP to its promise to make the Gulf whole in the wake of the 2010 oil-spill disaster.

 

 

Civil rights office to be area center in Meridian

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

MERIDIAN -- A civil rights office started by an activist who was later slain and his wife is being turned into a center to reach out to students in Meridian, just as it did decades ago.

 

 

Gun found after 36 years; owner now missing

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

TUPELO -- A gun stolen from Tupelo in 1975 has turned up in a Gautier pawn shop after spending nearly four decades on the national missing items list.

 

 

Lawmakers propose limits on pardons by govs

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Some Mississippi lawmakers want to limit the governor's pardon powers, a discussion prompted by Republican Haley Barbour's actions as he left office last Tuesday.

 

 

Authorities: One dead in small plane crash in Mississippi

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say a Meridian, Miss., businessman died when a small twin-engine plane crashed in east-central Mississippi.

 

 

Madison County school board goes paperless with computers

Posted 1/17/2012 in State

JACKSON -- The Madison County School District has gone paperless, using computers to keep up with work rather than relying on a notebook filled with key information.

 

 

Barbour 'very comfortable' with pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in State

RIDGELAND -- Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his final-days decisions to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers -- decisions that outraged victims' families and dismayed even some of his most devoted supporters. Coming Sunday: Lowndes County woman speaks out about Barbour's pardon of man convicted of killing her grandson

 

 

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