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Miss. hit hardest by rising gasoline prices

Nationwide, Mississippians are hit hardest by rising gasoline prices, says CNN Money. Sure, Californians pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation at $3.92 per gallon. But for economic reasons, the Magnolia State has it much worse, even with prices at $3.42. Families in Mississippi are the lowest paid in the country, and yet they spend the highest ...

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Intechra facility earns R2/RIOS certification

JACKSON — Intechra, an IT asset disposition services, has achieved the R2/RIOS certification at its Hartford, Conn., processing facility. This certification program combines the Responsible Recycling (R2) practices, facilitated by the Environmental Protection Agency and key stakeholders, with the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certification, developed by the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Companies achieving this certification are designated ...

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State's unemployment rate held steady in January

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December as the state started 2011 with a plunge in non-farm jobs, the Department of Employment Security said today. The agency said there were 15,300 fewer jobs in January than for December, although the count was up 13,000 from Jan. 2010. State officials said federally mandated process of updating ...

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Delta housing program director's trial postponed

GREENVILLE — The trial of the director of a housing organization on charges of intimidating witnesses in a federal investigation has been rescheduled to May 23 in federal court in Oxford. The Delta Democrat Times reports the trial for South Delta Regional Housing Authority director Ann Jefferson was rescheduled from April 4 at the request of her attorney. Jefferson has ...

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City council affirms Nichols as economic development director

GULFPORT — Planning consultant David Nichols has been confirmed as urban and economic development director by the Gulfport City Council. Nichols was picked by Mayor George Schloegel to fill the position that combines several responsibilities. The council unanimously approved the appointment on yesterday. Nichols formerly served as chief administrative officer for Gulfport and held the same post in Biloxi. “First ...

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Catfish industry 'stunned' by McCain proposal

WASHNGTON — A proposal by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal a law making all catfish safer for American consumers ignores numerous findings of banned substances in imported catfish products and favors inadequate food safety requirements, according to Catfish Farmers of America. “It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese farmers over the health and ...

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Supervisors approve creation of railroad authority

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to create and join the Southwest Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority, a group that would work to save the 66-mile railroad from Natchez to Brookhaven if it is abandoned by its owners. The Natchez Democrat reports the railroad authority is intended to include Adams, Franklin and Lincoln counties, through which the ...

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KiOR signs offtake agreement with Alabama company

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with Hunt Refining Company, who has agreed to purchase renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks and fuel oil produced at KiOR’s first commercial facility to be located in Columbus. Terms were not disclosed. In addition to the offtake of renewable fuel blendstocks, the two companies have agreed to collaborate on information and ...

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State senators kill House's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi’s redistricting debate has taken a sharply partisan turn. The Republican-led Senate Elections Committee met yesterday and killed a map approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House. The map would redraw the 122 House districts to account for population changes over the past decade. The Senate Elections Committee also passed a Senate redistricting plan produced by Republican Lt. ...

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