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Read the October 17th issue of the MBJ online

EAT HEALTHY MISSISSIPPI … In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough takes a look at the new Eat Healthy Mississippi initiative, which will connect local growers to restaurants and promote healthy eating, is underway. The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) recently learned it had received a grant of more than $83,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With the help ...

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Business leaders’ Blueprint 2011 puts priority on Creative Economy effort

Mississippi’s strengthened economic development position has equipped it to become a player in the “Creative Economy,” a pursuit that involves fostering the creation and expansion of knowledge-based business that range from high-tech to film making to capitalizing on the Magnolia State’s cultural and historic heritage. So says the Blueprint Mississippi 2011 in a list of recommendations and goals issued this ...

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Dillard's opens state's first 'pop up' store

The morning of Oct. 13, Dillard’s, best known as a mall anchor, opened a new store in the historic downtown Iupe’s Building in Canton in conjunction with the Canton Flea Market. At 5 p.m. the following day, it promptly closed. But, it could be back. A joint venture of retailer Dillard’s Department Store and the Canton Chamber Main Street Association, ...

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Belhaven opens ASPIRE program in LeFleur Building

JACKSON — Belhaven College has officially opened the new Belhaven ASPIRE location in the LeFleur Building. The ASPIRE degree program relocated to the LeFleur Building, just north of the main Belhaven campus, on I-55 Frontage Road in August. The ASPIRE program is housed on the first two floors of the building and houses staff, faculty and students. The second floor ...

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Lawmakers might examine rural water associations

JACKSON — State lawmakers could examine Mississippi’s rural water associations with an eye toward stronger regulation when the next legislative session begins in January. The interest comes after allegations surfaced about alleged wrongdoing at North Lee County Water Association and widespread customer complaints about being denied access to that association’s board meetings. “You need to have a comprehensive review of ...

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Another person pleads not guilty to hospital kickback scheme

ABERDEEN — A third person has pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged kickback scheme at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Panola County. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Robert S. Corkern entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Aberdeen. He was released on $40,000 bond. Corkern is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., three counts of ...

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Blueprint Mississippi 2011 offers numerous recommendations

JACKSON — Mississippi can improve its economic outlook by investing in research, reducing government regulation of businesses and developing incentives to attract and retain highly educated workers, particularly those with strong skills in math and science, a new report says. Blueprint Mississippi 2011 also recommends expanding the healthcare sector, decreasing the teenage pregnancy rate and creating a high-quality early childhood ...

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Regulators cite BP, Transocean and Halliburton for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal regulators yesterday cited oil company BP PLC and two other companies — Transocean, Ltd. and Halliburton — for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year’s rig explosion and massive Gulf oil spill. The companies have 60 days to appeal the citations issued by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The ...

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State's foreclosures up 27 percent over prior quarter

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Nearly 600 Mississippi homeowners reached the end of the line during the third quarter, losing their homes to foreclosure. That’s according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure actions nationwide. RealtyTrac said 1,069 properties were targeted for some sort of foreclosure action from July through September. Of those, lending institutions took back 583 and the other 486 ...

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Hood wants hearing on proposed railroad abandonment

GRENADA — Attorney General Jim Hood has applied to the United States Surface Transportation Board in Washington, D.C., for an oral hearing to be held in Grenada 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 Canton ...

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