JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court says a suburb acted improperly in rezoning property for what would be Mississippi's first Costco store. The court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling. It found that the city of Ridgeland didn't prove the rezoning was justified and had illegally tailored its decision to aid the developer. The plan for the 45-acre site just north of Jackson has been subject to repeated litigation. Homeowners in nearby subdivisions fear traffic and other nuisances.
GULPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi coroner says he's "colorblind" when it comes to spending public money at funeral homes, but attorneys for six black-owned funeral homes say two white-owned companies receive a disproportionate share. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove testified Wednesday in the black-owned funeral homes' discrimination lawsuit against the county and Hargrove.
WAYNESBORO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi county's board of supervisors is accused of providing free dirt and gravel at taxpayers' expense to private citizens whose support they coveted. The Clarion Ledger reports Chris Stallings filed a lawsuit against Wayne County and its supervisors Monday, on behalf of himself and his dirt and gravel company.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The founder of one of Mississippi's largest privately-held companies has died. Flowood-based Ergon says Leslie B. Lampton died Tuesday of natural causes at his Jackson home. Privately-held Ergon owns refineries in Mississippi and West Virginia. It also has other mostly petroleum-related businesses. A Navy veteran, Lampton built Ergon into a company with 2,600 employees in 30 states and several other countries.
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