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Study finds state's consumers more optimistic

STARKVILLE — The latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment for the fourth quarter of 2010 continues to show improvement since beginning a climb in September. Becky Smith, editor of the Mississippi State University-based “Economy Watch” business forecast, said there’s even more good news as Mississippians are seeing their highest level of overall confidence in two years. “When looking at current ...

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Noetic/USM partnership earns MTA award

HATTIESBURG — Noetic Technologies Inc. and the University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded the John I. Rucker Community Innovation Leadership Award at the 11th Annual Conference on High Technology hosted by the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The Rucker Award is given in recognition of leadership for organizations that represent a government, academic and private sector partnership. These organizations are recognized ...

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Cellular South conducts smartphone study

RIDGELAND — Cellular South has found that 43 percent of its customers own smartphones, beating the industry average smartphone penetration rate of 31 percent. According to Cellular South, that 43 percent smartphone penetration is tops in the industry. The Ridgeland-based telecommunication company released this data on the heels of launching its Android-powered smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S. Kevin Hankins, COO ...

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Mississippi State gets buzz for its insects

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University has one of the largest populations of insects in the world, and the university couldn’t be prouder. In 1999, professor emeritus Frank Davis and a handful of his colleagues in the MSU entomology department recognized a lack of mass insect-rearing facilities at universities. They approached Vance Watson, then Vice President of Agriculture, with a proposal. ...

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Businesses in and around city to pay more for services

WEST POINT — The City of West Point has increased rates for water and sewer service to pay for repairs, added operating costs and other expenses. The Daily Times Leader reports that the mayor and board of selectmen approved the higher rates this week. Residential customers inside the city limits will see bills raise from $16 to $23 for their ...

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MSU Index: Mississippi consumer confidence continues rise

STARKVILLE – Unemployment is still near double digits in the Magnolia State and most consumers are yet to get their credit card tallies for holiday spending. But Mississippians were upbeat as the year ended, the latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment shows. The index for the fourth quarter of 2010 shows consumer confidence continues to show improvement since beginning a ...

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House lawmakers pass eminent domain ban

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed bill that would ban the government from taking private land for private development. It’s similar to a proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the statewide ballot this November. The House passed the eminent domain ban yesterday, and it moves to the Senate for more debate. Gov. Haley Barbour has vetoed a bill ...

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FEMA awards reimbursements for recovery projects

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) reports Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval of several reimbursement awards to Mississippi for public works recovery projects following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. FEMA has approved more than $48.6 million in Public Assistance Grant Program funding for four Mississippi projects, including $36.3 million for water and wastewater ...

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Survey: State's foreclosures soared in 2010

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although Mississippi has avoided the crux of the national housing crisis, the number of properties targeted by foreclosure filings in 2010 jumped more than twofold from two years ago, a national tracking firm said today. In addition, foreclosure action picked up in the state during the latter portion of the year. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said 5,280 properties ...

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