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Miss. manufacturing report card

Posted by Amy McCullough According to Ball State University calculations, Mississippi gets an A in diversification and F’s in human and venture capital on its manufacturing report card. The 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), reviews several areas, including manufacturing and logistics health, human capital, cost of benefits, global ...

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Corps: Budget cuts to affect management of lakes

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Budget cuts at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will mean a reduction in operations and maintenance services that will be provided to public visitors at Corps-operated recreational facilities at Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes in North Mississippi. Recreational areas will remain open to the maximum extent possible; however, services such as mowing, cleaning and ...

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Scientists assisting farmers with post-flood planting

STARKVILLE — As Mississippi River floodwaters in the Delta recede, Mississippi State University experts are helping producers make wise decisions about cropland management. Agronomic crops personnel with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment station have developed a publication on late-season planting and crop management. The publication, titled “After the Flood: Row Crop Replanting,” also includes post-flood ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA disaster loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the flooding that began May 3. The deadline to file an SBA disaster loan application for physical damage is July 11, 2011. The SBA urges those affected by the disaster to visit ...

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New J-2X rocket engine ready for testing at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA’s new J-2X rocket engine, which could power the upper stage of the nation’s future heavy-lift launch vehicle, is ready for its first round of testing. The fully assembled engine was installed June 11 in the A-2 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Beginning in mid-June, the engine will undergo a series of ...

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Supreme Court to hear schools' Chevron tax appeal

PASCAGOULA — The Pascagoula School District will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a 2007 state law that requires it to share future tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other school districts. A local judge upheld the constitutionality of the law. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the school district’s appeal today in Jackson. The law ...

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OSHA cites Marshall Durbin following fatal accident

HATTIESBURG — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Marshall Durbin Cos. in Hattiesburg for 12 safety and health violations following the December 2010 death of a worker who was struck by a tractor trailer while filling potholes near the plant entrance. The fatality investigation led to a comprehensive inspection of the plant in January 2011. OSHA cited the ...

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Wildfire burns 850 acres on the Coast

JACKSON COUNTY — Arson or carelessness started a fire that burned about 850 acres in Jackson County, according to the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The fire was contained and forestry agents were checking hot spots yesterday, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency director Donald Langham. Although a nursing home and hundreds of homes were evacuated Saturday, Langham said no buildings burned. The ...

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Corps: Missouri River flooding shouldn't impact state

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The latest 28-day forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Missouri River flooding will not cause additional flooding on the Lower Mississippi River, and will not cause floodwaters to enter the Birds-Point New Madrid Floodway without another significant rain event. This is according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Missouri River flows where the river ...

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Other states join watch for post-flood scrap metal thieves

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has already warned scrap metal thieves that authorities were watching to ensure they do not steal from flooded homes and businesses. Now others, even some outside the state, are joining in that watch. The Mississippi Department of Transportation, Secretary of State’s Office and local law enforcement officials say they will be on the ...

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