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MSU receives funding for two proposals aimed at boosting NASA missions

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is receiving funding for two proposals expected to help NASA achieve its long-term space mission as well as enhance commercial partnerships and technological innovation on Earth. The federal agency announced principal investigator Judy Schneider of the university’s Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group was awarded the grants through the NASA-Marshall…

BANKING & FINANCE - Market Sector

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TREY DELLINGER: Employers, get a handle now on compliance

Trey Dellinger Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most employees in the United States must be paid the federal minimum wage or greater for all hours worked and overtime pay at time and one-half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a workweek. The FLSA…

MANUFACTURING/PRIVATE COMPANIES - Market Sector

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Inspectors find ‘hot work’ was cause of fatal explosion at fish plant

MOSS POINT — A fatal explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, safety officials said yesterday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said in a news release that inspectors found workers were performing “hot work” at or near the tank that…

ENERGY - Market Sector

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TVA retiring coal-fired power plant; to build gas-burning facility

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors today approved replacing the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee, with a natural gas plant. Following an environmental review that received comments from more than 1,500 people, the board agreed to retire the 55-year-old coal plant and replace it with a 2-on-1, combined-cycle gas plant.…

HEALTH CARE - Market Sector

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Woman found guilty of murder in buttocks injection case

Jim Hood JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has been convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman’s death. The state attorney general’s office said in a statement that a jury deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy to…

GAMING/HOSPITALITY - Market Sector

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Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto are dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’ in the development of Seafood R’evolution, which is set to open in November

Chef John Folse of New Orleans (left) and Chef Rick Tramonto of Chicago are enjoying the moment as the two are opening A Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland. The expected opening of the restaurant is November. — Photos by Sarah Dill Reily Let there be no doubt, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto have every intention…

REAL ESTATE - Market Sector

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FLIPPING OUT — Flipping houses is popular in much of the country, but in Mississippi …

Cash purchases of homes in the U.S. have reached an all-time high representing one in three purchases. And while many of those are people who are buying a personal home or second home, a significant number are purchasing the homes as investments either to offer as rentals or to “flip”. The idea is to buy…

EDUCATION - Market Sector

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Association gets funding for work on Grant’s personal memoirs

STARKVILLE — A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will allow the Ulysses S. Grant Association to continue its work on the first two volumes of the personal memoirs of President Ulysses S. Grant. The grant of $43,490 will be used by the association for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The association is…

AGRICULTURE - Market Sector

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Is cotton looking too good? Farmers facing weaker prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cotton is looking good across the state as bolls open and harvest nears, but increased cotton acreage planted across the country means lower prices on this year’s crop. In its Aug. 24 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 17 percent of Mississippi’s cotton is in excellent condition and 54 percent in…

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