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Viking Range to pay penalty for alleged defects

GREENWOOD — The Viking Range Corporation will pay a $450,000 civil penalty for failing to report defects in its refrigerators. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the agreement yesterday. The CPSC had alleged Greenwood-based Viking was aware for years of a defect involving its refrigerator door hinge support mechanisms that resulted in incidents and injuries to consumers but failed ...

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Howard cited by OSHA following worker's death

ELLISVILLE — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries Inc. for 17 safety violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Two serious violations related to the fatality include not requiring employees to use work safety practices when dealing with live electrical circuits and failing to use locks ...

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Local businesses concerned over bogus money

BROOKHAVEN — Businesses in Brookhaven are on the alert after recent reports of counterfeit currency showing up in the city, although police say there is no indication that the activity is widespread. A customer at a convenience store recently attempted to make a purchase with counterfeit $100 bills. The customer claimed she received the bills from her bank, a store ...

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Coast city says proposed bypass would kill it

KILN — A proposal to make Mississippi 43 a limited-access, four-lane thoroughfare, connecting Interstate 10 just south of Kiln with Interstate 59 near Picayune and Carriere is facing opposition. Merchants say the proposal, if approved, would kill Kiln stone dead. What the Mississippi Department of Transportation wants is a straight shot from the Gulf Coast that could be used as ...

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Renasant Bank enters new Alabama market

TUPELO — Renasant Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Renasant Bank, is entering the banking market of Montgomery, Ala., through its hiring of an established banking team. The entry into Montgomery adds to Renasant’s current Alabama footprint of multiple full-service locations in Birmingham, Huntsville, Decatur and Madison, which has over $600 million in assets. Mike Ross, Renasant Alabama Division president, said, “We ...

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City awards plant project to Tyler Construction

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia construction company has been given an $851,000 contract to renovate the former U.S. Motors facility to accommodate AlphaGen Materials, a manufacturer of polymer ceramic coatings. The Neshoba Democrat reports Tyler Construction Group of Philadelphia will renovate the city-owned building for AlphaGen, which plans to hire 200 workers later this year. The company has begun moving heavy ...

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USM gets marketing award

The University of Southern Mississippi recently won national marketing awards while competing against big names like American Express and Coca Cola. USM president Dr. Martha Saunders took home a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award and several Silver Anvil Awards of Excellence. Inc. magazine interviewed her for tips on how USM increased its national media coverage by ...

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Hospitals, supervisors enter leasing agreement

HATTIESBURG and PRENTISS — Forrest General Hospital of Hattiesburg is entering into a lease agreement with the board of Jefferson Davis Community Hospital and Extended Care Facility in Prentiss. The lease agreement includes operating Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital Extended Care Facility, a 60-bed nursing home/extended care facility; Jefferson Davis Community Hospital ...

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Joy Global completes acquisition of LeTourneau

VICKSBURG — Joy Global’s acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies is completed and officials say plans are being developed for the Vicksburg operation. Joy Global spokesman Mark Sanders tells the Vicksburg Post that the company expects to grow business in Vicksburg. Sanders says it is less certain whether the yard will continue to build rigs. He says the employees will manufacture rig ...

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Bayer settles contamination case with rice farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company’s unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. The litigation goes back to 2006, when Bayer disclosed that an experimental strain of genetically altered rice was ...

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