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Hybrid Plastics technology used in world's first synthetic organ transplant

HATTIESBURG — Technology from a Mississippi company has been used in an international medical breakthrough: Hybrid Plastics’ unique technology called POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane) was recently used to enable the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. In the surgery performed in June 2011 in Sweden, a terminally ill cancer patient received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from his own stem ...

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Kicker: Mississippi Craft Center named one of top 10 in country

Julia Daily, executive director, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, has traveled around the country to visit art galleries and craft centers like the one she oversees, the Mississippi Craft Center. She has found that the work of Mississippi artists and craftsmen compares favorably to the best in the nation. “I would place our artisans up against any in the country,” Daily said. ...

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Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a contributing writer for the Mississippi ...

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Natchez mansion is setting for mystery and romance

Booksellers in Mississippi really like promoting Mississippi writers, and it isn’t difficult to do because, fortunately, we have an abundance of writers. Diane Shepherd, owner of Main Street Books in Hattiesburg, chose River’s Bend by Coast writer Charlsie Russell because she enjoys the author’s works. “It’s a great book for historical fiction and romance,” Shepherd said. “It’s set in a ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Accounting for clients is Tony Huffman's goal

Clients today have many choices. There are many qualified service providers and numerous services have become commoditized. Companies that succeed in this environment know and understand the value of partnering with their clients for success. Forming client partnerships is more than just providing quality service, it requires a commitment to a long-term relationship and truly listening and understanding the client’s ...

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Worker dies in accident at VT Halter; OSHA to investigate

PASCAGOULA — A 66-year-old Pascagoula man died in an industrial accident at VT Halter Marine. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus tells The Mississippi Press Lee Thibodeaux died yesterday of blunt force trauma to the upper body. At about 11 a.m., Pascagoula police responded to the accident at the shipyard. Authorities say the accident involved sandblasting equipment. Bill Skinner, the company’s ...

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Executives retiring from Entergy; utility sees drop in net income

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation has announced changes on its executive team following the announcement of two of its officers. Gary Taylor, group president of utility operations at Entergy Corporation, will be retiring from the company May 31. Taylor will continue to lead utility operations with a transition period to his successor, who will be named at a later date. ...

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OSHA fines Memphis contractor for violations at worksite

VERONA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $55,375 in penalties against Memphis, Tenn.-based contractor MTE Contracting, LLC for four safety violations at a Verona store construction site. An inspection was initiated when an OSHA compliance officer was passing by the site in November and observed cave-in hazards involving a trench that was being ...

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