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Challenges await new Jackson Convention Center manager

After two decades in managing arenas and convention centers, Kelvin Moore next month will step into perhaps his biggest challenge yet — making the Jackson Convention Complex the designation of choice for Mississippi trade and professional organizations that have long flocked to Florida for their annual gatherings. It’s not just the Florida sun and surf Moore is up against. He ...

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Energy says salt dome project 'effectively terminated'

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Energy says the proposal to use South Mississippi salt domes to store petroleum is “effectively terminated” because no federal money is designated or proposed for the project. The department published notice Sept. 9 in the “Federal Register” that it had stopped preparing an environmental impact statement for the project. The notice comes months ...

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Rocket engine successfully passes hot-fire tests

HANCOCK COUNTY — Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world’s most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine. The tests demonstrated the capability of the engine to operate for 4,800 seconds of cumulative run time – four times the design life of the engine and more than 10 times what is needed ...

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Report: Sawtimber prices to be up and down

Forisk Consulting of Athens, Ga., forecasts sawtimber prices for the U.S. South weakening 2.7 percent in 2012 and then strengthening 2.9 percent into 2013. Key factors include weak expectations for housing starts and low utilization rates at sawmills. While sawtimber prices can increase temporarily from artificial shortages related to weather and logging capacity, long-term strengthening of sawtimber prices requires sawmill ...

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Committee approves federal funding for airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A federal program that supports passenger air service at four small Mississippi airports is being funded in an appropriations bill that gained committee approval late yesterday, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Continued funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which benefits the Greenville, Hattiesburg/Laurel, Meridian and Tupelo airports, is included in the FY2012 Transportation, Housing ...

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MBJ Editorial: Legislature sets flame to money with handout to zoo

Mississippi will be throwing good money after bad when it chucks $1.3 million at the Jackson Zoo. The state Bond Commission last week unanimously approved the sale of $354 million in tax-exempt bonds for which the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will get $40 million together in bond funding. However, other projects benefiting from state ...

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Op-Ed: Life and Law — The commitment to pre-embryonic personhood

On Nov. 8, we as Mississippi voters, will have the opportunity to express our views about a proposed amendment to the Bill of Rights contained in the Mississippi Constitution (Amendment 26).  Amendment 26 seeks to define the term “person” to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof. Choosing fertilization as the person-defining ...

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Commission approves Boyd's acquisition of IP Biloxi

BILOXI — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has given approval to Boyd Gaming Corporation for its proposed acquisition of the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. With today’s action, the Las Vegas-based company has received all required regulatory approvals to proceed with the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close on Oct. 4. Terms were not disclosed. “We look forward to ...

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Three more plead guilty to health insurance fraud

BRANDON — Three more defendants have entered guilty pleas concerning their role in an insurance fraud scheme involving the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Fourteen people were charged in the case where three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi were accused of conspiring with 11 state employees. Seven others recently ...

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Team performs first heart transplant in years

JACKSON — According to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), its pediatric heart transplant team has performed the first heart transplant in eight years on 13-year-old Malcolm Jones of Winona. Jones underwent surgery Sept. 18 at Batson Children’s Hospital. He is listed in fair condition. The pediatric heart transplant program had become inactive due to a gradual loss of ...

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