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MS top state for food stamp use

Mississippi is the state with the highest percentage of people using food stamps. More than 600,000 Mississippians were on the food stamp roster in April, for a total of 20.8 percent. Click here to see an interactive U.S. map by the Wall Street Journal. Top 3 states for food stamp use: Mississippi: 20.8% New Mexico: 20.7% Oregon: 20.2%

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Fitch rates higher ed construction bonds

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has assigned an “AA” rating to the $55.365-million revenue bonds, series 2011 (Residence Hall Constructions and Refunding Project) issued by the Mississippi State University (MSU) Educational Building Corporation (EBC). At the same time Fitch affirmed the “AA” rating for the approximately $155 million in outstanding MSU EBC bonds and approximately $125 million in outstanding University of ...

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Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official comment site, 84 percent, or ...

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State ends fiscal year with money in the bank

JACKSON — State government ended the fiscal year June 30 with about $62 million in the bank. According to Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, whose office announced the surplus for the month of June, the state collected $581 million in revenue, or 4.2 percent, above the projection. For the entire fiscal year, the state collected 2.2 percent more revenue than it ...

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Renovated Harlow's reopens after storms, flood

GREENVILLE — Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel has completed renovations on its 105-room hotel and it is now open to provide a true relaxation destination. Complete room renovations were made to 53 rooms, including seven suites. Harlow’s was temporarily closed due to flooding along the Mississippi River basin, and a February wind storm caused the hotel’s closure. Source: Churchill Downs

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Airport reports increase in private revenue

HATTIESBURG — The planes haven’t been the only thing soaring lately for the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. The modest aviation hub is projecting an increase in its total private revenue stream between fiscal year 2011 and 2012. And that will mean a $40,000 decrease in the amount of revenue supplements airport officials will ask Forrest and Jones counties supervisors to allocate ...

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College's graduating class ranks among nation's largest

PERKINSTON — More than 1,600 students graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2010, making it one of the top associate-degree producers in the nation. At No. 86 overall, Gulf Coast is once again ranked as one of the country’s top 100 community colleges, according to Community College Week, an educational magazine. Gulf Coast has been named in the ...

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Health Department issues CONS for three projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) for three projects. Greenwood Leflore Hospital has received CON authority for the replacement of central plant equipment, including chillers, boilers and related items, on the campus of the existing hospital. The total capital expenditure for this project is $10,767,909. Singing River Health System, d/b/a ...

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Boyd Gaming plans major repairs at IP Casino

BILOXI — The new owner of IP Casino is preparing to spend millions on infrastructure repairs, including plans to stabilize the barge on which the casino sits. The Sun Herald reports that Boyd Gaming Corp. on Wednesday presented those plans to the Biloxi Development Review Committee. The casino, built in 1995, sits on nine hopper barges welded into a single, ...

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