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State's unemployment rate held steady in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.6 percent in October, as compared with a month ago. That’s according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The state figure for September 2010 was 10.2 percent. The nation’s seasonally adjusted rate for this October was 9 percent. Rankin County had the lowest jobless ...

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Authorities investigating cause of pipeline explosion

PANOLA COUNTY — Panola County authorities are investigating what caused a natural gas pipeline explosion and fire near Batesville that forced the evacuation of 20 to 30 families. There were no injuries or fatalities related to yesterday’s incident. Authorities allowed the fire from the ruptured Tennessee Gas Pipeline line to burn out overnight. The pipeline is located off Mississippi 6 ...

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Bryant, leaders to make healthcare trip to Texas

HOUSTON , Texas — Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a trip to Houston, Texas, to tour Texas Medical Center Nov. 29-30. Bryant, who will become governor in January, will be joined by Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads and some healthcare providers and business leaders. Texas Medical Center consists of 49 institutions and is recognized as ...

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Hornbeck lands contracts to build supply vessels

PASCAGOULA — Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. of Covington, La., has executed definitive contracts for the construction of 16 high-specification offshore supply vessels (OSV) in connection with its latest new-build construction program announced Nov. 7. This is the company’s eighth new-build vessel program since its inception in 1997, and its fifth new-build program involving state-of-the-art, technologically advanced new generation OSVs. Hornbeck ...

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Plans begin for Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

STONEVILLE — The board of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has begun its planning phase. The board announced it had begun planning at a public meeting in Stoneville. Almost 600 individuals and organizations, representing a broad cross section of the Delta’s museums, interpretive centers, tourism agencies, elected officials and educators were invited to attend. The team of professional planners ...

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Occupy Wall Street? In Vicksburg? Really?

Last weekend, The Wife and I made a trip over to Vicksburg just to get away for a couple of days. We had a great time, but there were a couple of surprises. Wandering downtown on a beautiful Saturday, we walked up on a local chapter of Occupy Wall Street standing on a corner on Washington Street. Occupy Wall Street? ...

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Production cranks up at Toyota Boshoku

MANTACHIE — Toyota Boshoku Mississippi, LLC (TBMS) has started producing the seat frames and door trim for the Toyota Corolla, which is being produced at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. in Blue Springs. TBMS is a subsidiary of Toyota Boshoku America, Inc. (Headquarter: Erlanger, Kentucky) The completed seat for the Corolla will be produced at Systems Automotive Interiors (SAI), which ...

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Bryant to appoint eight members to College Board

JACKSON — Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant will have the opportunity to do what no governor in modern times has done — have eight appointments during his first term to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Thanks to a constitutional change approved by voters in 2003, Bryant will make four appointments to the board in 2012 and ...

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Supervisors split on money needed for proposed road

HINDS COUNTY — Hinds County supervisors have split again on how much money they will need to raise to pay for all of the $96-million Byram-Clinton Corridor. The supervisors, who have about $30 million to work with right now, voted unanimously yesterday to ask the state for legislation authorizing the county to sell general obligation bonds to fund the remainder ...

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Texas housing developer appealing in zoning dispute

NATCHEZ — A Dallas-based developer will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to referee a zoning dispute that has so far gone the city of Natchez’s way. Michael V. Cory Jr., an attorney representing Roundstone Development, LLC, tells The Natchez Democrat the dispute stems from the denial of the company’s request in 2006 to rezone 25 acres for single-family homes. He ...

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