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When lenders sue - part 4

Jan 27, 2014

In Mississippi, the poorest state in the country, the largest installment lender is Tower Loan.

Mississippi laws prevent installment lenders from charging the triple-digit rates common in some other states,...

Small loan alternative seminar held in Gulfport

Jan 24, 2014

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation held a small loan alternative seminar Friday morning in the conference rooms of Lookout Steakhouse in Gulfport.

Participants gathered to talk about what can be done to...

Director: Port of Gulfport project will create promised jobs

Jan 16, 2014

Port of Gulfport announcement expected

GULFPORT -- The state port's executive director, Jonathan Daniels, assured community members Thursday night an expansion and restoration project funded with $570 million...

When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

Dec 13, 2013

ProPublica, Dec. 13, 2013, 10:47 a.m.

Five years ago, Naya Burks of St. Louis borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans. The money came at a steep price: She had to pay back $1,737 over six months.

“I really...

Gulfport Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet is Dec. 15

Dec 07, 2013

The Gulfport Branch NAACP will hold its Freedom Fund Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Hard Rock resort and Casino, 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.

During the banquet, the organization will honor former...

Politics & income, not technology, could impede Mississippi’s ACA outreach

Nov 18, 2013

Jackson, MS – While much of the scrutiny of the Affordable Care Act has been focused on the technical glitches of the October launch of the website, Cover Mississippi, an amalgam of non-profit and...

For-profit colleges a bad deal for veterans in Mississippi

Nov 14, 2013

Are nonprofit schools a better deal for returning veterans than for-profit schools? A study by the Mississippi Center for Justice finds that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 14 percent of $83 million in GI Bill...

Mississippi Edition

Nov 14, 2013

Since 2009, $83-million of Federal G.I. Bill money has come into Mississippi. 14% of that has gone to for-profit colleges, even though those schools only enroll 7% of the students. That's all according to a new...

For-profit schools taking advantage of veterans, Mississippi Center for Justice charges

Nov 12, 2013

For-profit schools prey on Mississippi veterans by getting their education assistance benefits but providing, in turn, an inferior education, charges the nonprofit Mississippi Center for Justice.

Since the...

Supreme court disadvantage: Judges could gut key environmental justice standard

Nov 08, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has a stack of cases on its docket this session that should concern environmentalists, notably the suite of cases aimed at...