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200 Renaissance gets LEED Gold Certification

Going green turned to gold this week for 200 Renaissance at Colony Park, with the Ridgeland office building receiving a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Colony Park’s Jackson-based developer HC Bailey says the 200 Renaissance is the largest private office building in Mississippi to achieve LEED Gold certification. The award, HC Bailey said, recognized such sustainable ...

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Bomgar lands new client in Smiths Group

RIDGELAND — Smiths Group PLC recently consolidated and centralized its IT functions with help from Bomgar. Terms were not disclosed. With 23,000 employees in 400 locations around the globe, Smiths Group delivers products and services that make the world safer, healthier and more productive, including threat and contraband detection, medical devices, energy, communications and engineering components. Prior to deploying the ...

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City approves TIF bond for Margaritaville streets

BILOXI — City streets leading to the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in East Biloxi will be improved with a Tax Increment Financing bond. The Biloxi Council voted to allow up to $1.65 million in TIF bonds for the project. The money will be used by the developer to install turn lanes on Oak Street and Fifth Street ...

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Senate committee passes pesticides legislation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (HR.872). The bill looks to stop the federal government from requiring “new and redundant regulations: on pesticides, among them the insecticides used to control mosquitoes. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was among the members who voted for the bill. HR.872 would prohibit the Environmental Protection ...

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States reach $200M settlement with Morgan Keegan

Five states, including Mississippi, and federal regulators have reached a $200-million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. over allegations that its brokerage firm engaged in reckless business practices that led to an estimated $1.5 billion in losses to investors. William Hicks of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the deal today. State regulators from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina ...

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Officials, shrimpers differ on view of current season

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi officials say early results from the opening of the brown shrimp season are pointing to a good season, but shrimpers are grumbling about prices they are getting for what they say are too small shrimp. Traci Floyd, director of the state Department of Marine Resources Shrimp and Crab Bureau, says 903,908 pounds of brown shrimp ...

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Day: Mississippi Power looking to balance energy sources

GULFPORT — Mississippi Power Co. is investing some $3 billion in projects aimed at balancing its energy-source mix, a strategy that president and CEO Ed Day said promises to stabilize prices in the long term and attract new industry to the area. “Thirty percent of the market for coal is the U.S., and we’re not saying it should all be ...

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BlueFire completes phase one of plant construction

FULTON — BlueFire Renewables Inc. has completed initial site-preparation on the company’s proposed cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton. Century Construction has completed clearing and grubbing; placed the geo-grid and fabric across the site; brought the site to grade level and installed drainage structures prior to completion of final rough grading. Grass and mulch were applied to establish the necessary growth ...

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Private sector jobs fueling state's economic recovery

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Job growth in the private sector continues to fuel Mississippi’s slow economic comeback. State labor officials reported today that Mississippi lost 4,000 jobs between May 2010 and last month — mostly due to a drop-off of 11,100 jobs in government. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors. Private business added 7,100 jobs. However, the goods-producing sector, ...

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