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Social media journalism

By Amy McCullough In light of Twitter’s role in the recent Egyptian political crisis, a friend recently wondered when and how news outlets would start citing social media “citizen journalists.” A new platform called Storify is one answer. News outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post and others have already used Storify “stories,” which are amalgamations of Tweets, Flicker ...

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Barbour not running for president

By Amy McCullough April 25, 2011 STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR “I will not be a candidate for President next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided. “Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both ...

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Neely passes IHL board gavel to Robinson

JACKSON — During her tenure as president of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, Dr. Bettye Neely has seen a record number of students enroll at Mississippi’s public universities, has watched university researchers chart the course for the country’s environmental future through research related to the BP Oil Spill Disaster and managed the selection of ...

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FEMA approves wind-retrofitting grant for Coast homeowners

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the approval of a $22-million grant to assist eligible homeowners in Mississippi’s coastal counties in retrofitting their homes to withstand destructive winds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s request for federal funding to support a Wind Retrofit Coastal Initiative ...

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HMA wrapping up new hospital construction

CANTON — Health Management Associates Inc. expects to finish construction of its 67-bed, $42-million hospital in Canton this week and open the facility by the end of May. The 25-acre tract will be the new home for the Madison River Oaks Hospital, which will replace the Madison County Medical Center located near downtown Canton. It is located west of Interstate ...

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Citizens Bank reports decline in net income

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company reports net income for the three months ended March 31, 2011, of $1.955 million, or $0.40 per share-basic and diluted, down from $1.976 million, or $0.41 per share-basic and diluted for the same quarter in 2010. The provision for loan losses for the three months was $244,000, compared to $625,000 for the same period in ...

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Metropolitan Bank building new headquarters

RIDGELAND — Metropolitan Bank has begun construction on its new Mississippi headquarters building in Ridgeland. The building will be located in The Township on Highland Colony Parkway. Metropolitan has occupied temporary office space in The Township since the bank began operations three years ago. Plans call for construction to be completed by March 2012. “With the tremendous growth we have ...

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Fleming sells newspaper, new owners relocating

MARKS — The century-old Quitman County Democrat has been sold to new owners in Batesville. J.B. Fleming, longtime editor and publisher, made the announcement in the April 14 edition of the weekly newspaper. The new owners are Bill and Carol Knight. The sale was completed April 1. Carol Knight is a former staffer at The Panolian. Bill Knight is employed ...

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Entergy Mississippi wants to join transmission group

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi Inc. has concluded that joining a regional transmission organization, the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, will provide meaningful long-term benefits for Entergy Mississippi’s customers. Additional information regarding the basis for the company’s conclusion will be included in a related submittal to be made with the Mississippi Public Service Commission on or before May 12. The company ...

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FNC: Home prices fell, but not as far as expected

OXFORD — FNC announced that U.S. home prices weakened only slightly in February, a better-than-expected price seasonality. Based on the latest data on non-distressed home sales (existing and new homes), FNC’s Residential Price Index (RPI) indicated that home prices in February declined 0.7 percent from January, or 5.3 percent, from a year ago. Contrary to expectations of relatively rapid price ...

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