By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly. The company, based in Pasadena, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where it’s incorporated. […]

By Emily Le Coz The Clarion-Ledger JACKSON – The recent indictment of Fannin Mart Restaurant owner Steve Page on charges of felony tax evasion highlights what state revenue officials call a growing epidemic costing Mississippi nearly $190 million last year alone. Tax dodging has soared among businesses and corporations in the Magnolia State, particularly in […]

With Republicans having taken control of the U.S. Senate, and with fellow GOPers having maintained their hold on the House of Representatives, it would seem that President Barack Obama is indeed a lame-duck president. But while Democrats were swept aside for the most part, they still retain enough votes in the Senate to filibuster if […]


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Q. My daughter is a freshman in college, but I didn’t save for her education. My parents said it was my job to pay for my college, and that’s what I’ve told her. She’s going to have about $12,000 in student loan debt after her first year, but how do I talk to her about […]

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Jimmy Duke of Pontotoc and Joan Grasswick of Wadsworth, Illinois, exit their SeaPort flight from Memphis at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Thursday afternoon.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – SeaPort Airlines’ new service in Tupelo connecting the All-America City with Memphis and Nashville has been relatively successful so far. SeaPort launched its service nearly two ago on Oct. 27, and the airline’s marketing director, Claire James, said, “The SeaPort team is optimistic about Tupelo service so far. […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – With the recent high-profile killing of a real estate agent in Arkansas, the Northeast Mississippi Board of Realtors is taking steps to raise awareness for its 300-member group. Shirley Curry, the president of the board and an agent with Crye-Leike in Tupelo, said a safety task force formed […]

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s president and CEO could earn more than $1 million extra this year. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the agency’s board voted unanimously on Thursday to raise Bill Johnson’s salary and performance pay after the 60-year-old attorney met all of TVA’s targets for 2014. TVA nearly doubled […]

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Kenji Kusakari, from left, Barbara McDaniel, Emily Holland, Sean Suggs, Takashi Fujita and Kathryn Ragsdale accepted the McLean Award on behalf of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi on Thursday night during the CREATE Foundation Fall Summit at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi has produced more than 450,000 Corollas since starting production three years ago, rolling out a car every 74 seconds. But those figures pale in comparison to the $50 million that parent company Toyota Motor Corp. has committed to give to schools in Pontotoc, Union […]