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Barbour backs plan to tax online, catalog sales

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is now backing a congressional proposal to allow states to directly collect sales taxes from Internet and catalog merchants. Barbour expressed support in a letter last week. One estimate shows that Mississippi and its local governments will lose more than $300 million in 2012 because such retailers do not collect the state’s 7 percent ...

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Alabama nabs foreign auto execs in immigration crackdowns

What’s keeping Alabama’s economic development officials awake at night? Perhaps it’s the new propensity of state lawmen to snag high-ranking executives of foreign carmakers in immigration enforcement dragnets. Over the years, Alabama put the welcome mat out for the car manufacturers to come to the state and create thousands of well-paying jobs. But strict enforcement of Alabama’s new immigration ID ...

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Vinod Khosla's Range Fuels has declared bankruptcy

Range Fuels, a manufacturing startup that planned to convert wood chips to cellulosic ethanol has declared bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. The company was heavily backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, whose Khosla Ventures is also backing four green energy startups to which the Mississippi legislature has authorized tens of millions in state aid: Soladigm, KiOR, Stion and HCL Cleantech. Range Fuels ...

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EPA announces $50 million for Gulf river basins

HOUSTON — Federal authorities are providing $50 million to restore seven Gulf Coast river basins after last year’s catastrophic oil spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s head Lisa Jackson says a task force has set out a series of goals to help restore the region, the result of a year of work between the five Gulf Coast states and the ...

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Analysis: Mississippi unemployment rate still rising

Roy Nickson has spent so much time at a job service office here that the employees know him by name. The 56-year-old Vicksburg resident said that after six months of looking, he doesn’t feel much closer to landing new employment. “It’s hard and it’s slow right now,” said Nickson, who said this is the first time he’s been out of ...

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Waller eulogized as transformative Miss. governor

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr. was remembered Saturday as a transformative figure who helped the state move beyond its segregationist politics during his tenure from 1972 to 1976. More than 1,000 people attended Waller’s funeral at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson. Hundreds more streamed through the Capitol rotunda earlier in the day, where his open casket, ...

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Navy christens submarine Mississippi in Groton

GROTON, Conn. — With the smash of a champagne bottle, the Navy christened its newest submarine on Saturday as the Mississippi, the ninth member of a new generation of attack subs hailed as the world’s most complex pieces of machinery. A Navy band struck up “Anchors Aweigh” as the submarine’s sponsor, a deputy assistant Navy secretary, smashed the bottle against ...

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Going green creates green for schools

OXFORD — Oxford school officials say the district has saved more than $23,000 in energy costs in the past year with participation in the TVA Green School Initiative program. Brian Harvey, interim superintendent for the Oxford School District, says that the program helps schools save money on energy costs, protects the environment and allows students to participate in the process. ...

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Expansion open at Batson Children's Hospital

JACKSON — Batson Children’s Hospital says its pediatric emergency department and trauma unit have tripled in size now that a $5.8 million expansion is complete. University of Mississippi Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Hospodor (HOS-poh-dohr) says the 16,000-square-foot facility was fully open for the first time Thursday, after weeks of moving in. It replaces a children’s emergency room built in 1982 ...

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Ingalls training facility contract OKs expected

PASCAGOULA — Construction could start as early as January for Jackson County’s maritime training facility to be built on Ingalls Shipbuilding property. The Board of Supervisors and the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners are expected to award a $15.6 million contract on Monday to Ben M. Radcliff Contractor Inc. of Mobile. Leaders said it would take about 45 days to ...

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