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Navy shutting down Seabee battalion on Coast

GULFPORT — The Navy says a Seabee battalion in Gulfport will be shut down in September 2012 in a cost-cutting move. The battalion, commonly known as “The Magnificent 7,” is made up of about 600 Seabees — a number that makes up just over 10 percent of the Gulfport Seabee force. Battalion officials say some Seabees will be reassigned to ...

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Lott appointed to Camgian's board of directors

STARKVILLE — The board of directors of Camgian Microsystems Corporation has appointed former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi as an independent director of the firm. Lott’s appointment expands Camgian’s board to four directors. “Sen. Lott’s significant experience and valuable perspective on business and government will be a tremendous asset for Camgian as we build our brand and expand our ...

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Glanville to push for football team in Jackson

JACKSON — On Oct. 5, former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville will visit Jackson to meet with city officials and business leaders to discuss the potential for a Jackson-based United Football League expansion team to participate in the 2012 season. Glanville, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1986-1989) and Houston Oilers (1990-1993), performs an advisory role with ...

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Farmers report good-looking pumpkin crop

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Northeast Mississippi farmers say their pumpkin crop is plumping up nicely. Mark Holley of Fulton tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal size, quality and color are good. But he expects to get less than his usual 1,000 pumpkins per acre. He says there weren’t enough bees to pollinate all the flowers, even though they planted several acres ...

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Commission wants hearing on abandonment of railroad

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Transportation Commission has applied to the United States Surface Transportation Board in Washington, D.C., for an oral hearing to be held in Mississippi on the petition for abandonment exemption filed by Grenada Railway, LLC. Grenada Railway has given notice of its intention to abandon the southern 81.3 miles of rail line running from Grenada to ...

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Releasing terminally ill inmates saves state millions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say. About $3.8 million of the savings was in medical costs and the rest was the cost of incarceration, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Releasing terminally ill prisoners lets the state avoid costly health treatments and is more humane for inmates facing their ...

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MEC to unveil Blueprint Mississippi 2011

JACKSON — The Mississippi Economic Council will release the results of its update of Mississippi’s economic development strategy Oct. 13. MEC President Blake Wilson says meetings are scheduled for Jackson, Tupelo and Biloxi to release Blueprint Mississippi 2011. Wilson says input from business and community leaders throughout Mississippi was collected during a series of meetings held over the spring and ...

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Mayor pushing for sales tax to fund projects

HOLLY SPRINGS — Holly Springs Mayor Andre DeBerry is seeking support for a 1 percent local sales tax to raise money for various projects. The South Reporter reports DeBerry has proposed $8 million for a variety of local projects and another $13 million for street improvements and sidewalks. DeBerry has said the city could issue bonds some of which could ...

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State's casino industry slips to fifth in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s longtime dream of passing New Jersey to become the nation’s second-largest gambling destination has not happened. Now, Pennsylvania and Indiana have passed the Magnolia State in terms of casino revenue. The economy and the competition have contributed to Mississippi’s current standing as the No. 5 gambling market in the United States. Of course, this spring brought ...

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Chain manufacturer to occupy ex-Yorozu plant

VICKSBURG — A Missouri-based company says it plans to open a manufacturing plant in Vicksburg later this year and to begin full production of heavy-duty chains within a year. Laclede Chain Manufacturing Company, LLC of St. Louis bought a former automotive parts plant in August. Yorozu Automotive Mississippi had shut down in 2008. Laclede CEO Jim Riley tells The Vicksburg ...

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