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Poll of Mississippians finds business optimism, concern for education

By Ted Carter Is that a light at the end of the economic tunnel we’re seeing? Could be, according to the triennial Mississippi Economic Council-Godwin Group Economic State of the State survey. The survey, performed on behalf of the State Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Economic Council, polled 300 voting age residents and 300 business people in the state. ...

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Ms. gains 122,639 residents, holds House seats

Mississippi protected its political strength in the U.S. House of Representatives with a 2010 U.S. Census count that neither gives noir takes a congressional seat, The Associated Press says. Nationally, Republican-leaning states will gain a half dozen House seats thanks to the new census, which found the nation’s population shifting to the South and West. The official count: 308,745,538 people. ...

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Anderson Museum mulls expansion plans

OCEAN SPRINGS — Leaders of the Walter Anderson Museum say they want to update the facility in Ocean Springs to accommodate more visitors. The museum’s executive director, Linda Bloom, said the museum intends to expand its front entry, including a larger gift shop. Bloom discussed the museum’s plans with Jackson County supervisors. [ITAL]The Mississippi Press[ITAL] reported that supervisors agreed to ...

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AirTran discontinuing Coast flights in March

GULFPORT — AirTran Airways has announced that it is ending its flights to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Christopher White, an AirTran spokesman, tells The Sun Herald that flights will end March 6. The low-fare airline offers flights from Gulfport to Atlanta and Tampa, Fla., three times a week. White says the airline looked at the performance at the Gulfport airport and ...

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County fined by MDEQ for road project runoff

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Lauderdale County will pay a $12,000 state fine for failing to use sediment control on a local road project. The Meridian Star reports that supervisors voted Monday to pay the fine levied by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur says the agency found the project in Toomsuba did not have the proper sediment ...

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MDES scrambles to issue emergency benefits

JACKSON — After the latest unemployment legislation was enacted Dec. 17, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) reports it began processing claims for those due emergency benefits. By the morning of Dec. 20, 6,309 Mississippians were paid. Payments totaled $2 million. Deposits were made either to agency-issued debit cards or to bank accounts. “Our staff worked Friday night, Saturday ...

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IHL: Unemployment slowing economic recovery

JACKSON — The Jan. 2011 issue of the “Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook,” published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. This issue presents the state economic forecast for 2011 to 2015, and includes detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the ...

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Hosemann sends final order to investment group

MOUND BAYOU and CLEVELAND — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has issued his final order against Lampton Street Church Financial Services, Lampton Street Church of Christ Inc., both of Mound Bayou, and Harvey M. Jackson of Cleveland. “Mississippians need to have confidence where they invest their hard earned dollars,” said Hosemann. “Jackson, on behalf of himself and these entities, made ...

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Auditor investigating MDOT contract with consultant

JACKSON — The State Auditor’s Office is investigating a Mississippi Department of Transportation contract that reportedly paid a Virginia railroad consultant more than $800,000. Lisa Shoemaker, a spokeswoman for Auditor Stacy Pickering, yesterday confirmed the probe that was first reported by The Sun Herald. The contract paid $100 an hour for railroad advice from Bill Hughes of Hughes Consulting, which ...

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Clean energy company visits Port Gibson again

PORT GIBSON — National Clean Fuels’ affiliate, the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy, conducted a third successful scoping visit to Port Gibson where the two companies are working together to build a biomass-to-electricity (BTE) plant. During the trip, Center president Norris McDonald met with representatives from South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association (SWEPA)—two ...

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