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Read the September 26th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Stephen McDill broke the national news that Cellular South is changing its name to C Spire Wireless. Cellular South is the nation’s largest privately-owned wireless company. The official announcement was made on the website www.personalizedwireless.com. Speculation had run rampant all week that hat the company was making major changes to its corporate. Also in this week’s ...

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Grenada Stamping adding 50 jobs in solar panel stamping

Grenada Stamping and Assembly is adding 50 jobs in an expansion of its solar panel-related stamping business. The company said the $500,000 investment is designed to accommodate the rapid growth of the solar panel-related stamping segment of its business. Grenada Stamping and Assembly has added more than 90 jobs since January 2010. This latest expansion brings the workforce at the ...

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Public schools asking for 13 percent budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials are seeking a 13 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools in the coming year. State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham presented the request today to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Burnham says he understands lawmakers face difficult decisions because money will be tight for the year that begins July 1. Among other things, ...

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Grenada Stamping plans another plant expansion

GRENADA — Grenada Stamping and Assembly, supplier of parts to the appliance, automotive, HVAC/R and off-highway markets, is expanding its operations in Grenada to accommodate the rapid growth of its solar panel-related stamping business. The project represents a company investment of $500,000 and will create 50 new jobs, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Since January 2010, Grenada Stamping ...

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Company files papers to scrap 83-mile rail line

GRENADA — The new owners of the Grenada rail line have filed papers with the federal government to abandon the track and sell it for scrap. The line abandonment would permanently stall plans to reopen a local rail line. Local officials want the line kept open as a possible boost for the economy. Grenada Railway, LLC, filed with the National ...

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Work to begin on The Esplanade wellness complex

MADISON — Work will begin in October on athletic fields and a sports training facility, the first phase of The Esplanade, a multi-million-dollar health and wellness complex on 110 acres owned by St. Dominic Hospital in Madison County. Lester Diamond, executive vice president for operations for St. Dominic, tells The Clarion-Ledger the public-private partnership is designed to provide the City ...

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Hood renders opinion on possible PERS changes

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a letter to Pat Robertson, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), giving his opinion on possible changes and/or recommendations from the PERS Study Commission. Hood wrote that whatever changes might be considered or recommended, the “law requires the state to honor the commitment it has made to hundreds of ...

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Cancer doctor pleads not guilty to fraud charges

SUMMIT — A cancer doctor stood shackled before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing millions of dollars from Medicaid and Medicare by diluting chemotherapy drugs and reusing old needles on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, said little other than to answer the judge’s questions during ...

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DMR asking for disaster declaration for oyster industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s oyster industry. The Mississippi Press reports William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, said he hopes to hear something in a week. Walker’s comments came during this week’s meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, ...

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Fees for state's college savings plan reduced

JACKSON — With over $114 million invested and more than 10,000 Mississippi Affordable College Savings Plan (MACS) accounts as of Sept. 1, the program is now offering lower fees for the 529 college savings plan, according to State Treasurer Tate Reeves. Effective yesterday, MACS fees were reduced by as much as 27 percent. MACS now offers fees as low as ...

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