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Glen Campbell provides top MBJ video of 2012

Since the start of MBJ-TV in March 2010, we’ve covered everything from new industries to natural disasters, interviewed hundreds of Mississippians from Morgan Freeman to Skylar Laine and minded everyone’s business in the process. We’ve crunched the YouTube analytics and selected some of our top videos that were produced in 2012. You can watch these and all of our videos ...

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GreenTech launches its MyCar vehicle

GreenTech Automotive launched its MyCar line in Horn Lake July 6. It marked the company’s first production run since its arrival in Mississippi. Charles Wang, CEO of Virginia-based GTA, said at an October 2009 ceremony in Tunica that his company would build a massive facility there that would produce gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. Production capacity numbers – 150,000 vehicles annually just ...

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Coal plant awaits state supreme court hearing

The past year has been an eventful one for Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. In March, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the 2010 order the Mississippi Public Service Commission issued that granted the plant a certificate of pubic convenience and necessity did not cite sufficient evidence from the record of proceedings. Justices, in their ruling, kicked the ...

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It was a good year for GOP in Mississippi

The past year has been a very good one for Republicans in Mississippi. When the 2012 session of the Mississippi Legislature convened last January, it marked the first time since Reconstruction that Republicans were in charge. The 2011 elections put a Republican in the governor’s office (Phil Bryant), lieutenant governor’s office (Tate Reeves), gave the party a majority in the ...

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Water, water … nowhere: Dropping Mississippi River raises concerns

One year removed from a massive, historic flood, the Mississippi River has dominated headlines in 2012 as it falls to near record lows, threatening navigation and devastating economic losses. Usually fed by rain and snowmelt in the spring, the Father of Rivers began to fall as drought gripped a large portion of the U.S. By June, media began running stories ...

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Lazy Magnolia recycles grains back to the farm

What do you do with tons of used grain every week? Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. owners Leslie and Mark Henderson decided to give theirs to area livestock farmers for feed rather than have it go to a landfill. The brewery uses about 100,000 pounds of grains a month in its beer making. It’s a natural “green” progression, said spokesman Tobie ...

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New book honors the life and work of enigmatic author Barry Hannah

“A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah” is a book of essays recalling the life and work of the enigmatic author. It’s a collection of 39 short essays by fellow writers, artists, acquaintances, admirers, friends and even once-enemies of Barry Hannah and covers a spectrum of viewpoints on the extraordinary writer and man he was. Unfortunately, Barry Hannah, one of Mississippi’s ...

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Strength in families

I grew up around a family business. My father was in the retail furniture business, and I always assumed that I would come back after college and work in the business. Unfortunately, we had to close our doors in the 1980s so I never got the chance, but I have kept a deep appreciation for family-owned businesses. I believe that ...

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