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Report: Small businesses account for nearly half of state's jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of Advocacy has released the annual Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. This is the 16th year Advocacy has published a state-by-state profile of American small business for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The Mississippi profile uses the most recent data available to provide details about the state’s ...

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Storm heavily damages historic structure; future uncertain

CORINTH — Part of a historic Corinth building that preservationists have been working to save was badly damaged by a storm. Much of the old Corinth Machinery building collapsed early Saturday after a storm moved through Corinth. New fencing was put up to keep people from getting too close to a building. Co-owner Terry Albright said it appears that a ...

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Delta airport receives bids from two more airlines

GREENVILLE — Two more airlines have filed bids with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide service the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport. The Delta Democrat Times reports the bids came from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Sun Air and Dallas-based Blue Sky Airlines. The companies are hoping to get a federal subsidy to provide air service through the USDOT’s Essential Air Service program. ...

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"The Help" Wins Big at SAG

“The Help,” a Mississippi-made film about race and relationships in 1960’s Jackson, has done it again. The movie, based on the novel by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett, won the coveted Best Ensemble Cast award at last night’s 18th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards show in Los Angeles. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who played African-American maids Aibileen and Minnie won ...

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Email shows BP officials saw oil spill as potential disaster

GULF OF MEXICO — On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank, BP officials warned in an internal memo that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the ...

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Wind Pool board heads overseas for low reinsurance rates

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of Mississippi’s wind pool board are in London this week to seek low reinsurance rates — a key factor in the cost of policyholders’ premiums. The Mississippi Press reports that the board left Saturday and are expected to return Friday. The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association is the insurer of last resort for coastal property owners ...

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Legislators seem unconcerned about growing tort reform cases

JACKSON — As the number of tort reform cases before the Mississippi Supreme Court keeps growing, state lawmakers don’t seem quite as concerned about the court’s rulings as are Mississippi’s legal and corporate communities. The deadline to file bills for consideration in the Legislature’s 2012 session is Feb. 20. That’s plenty of time to get tort laws thrown into a ...

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Housing director's kickback/retaliation trial rescheduled for February

GREENVILLE — A housing agency director has received a month’s delay before she stands trial for allegedly taking kickbacks from a contractor and retaliating against a witness. Ann “A.J.” Jefferson’s trial was moved from today to Feb. 29, The Delta Democrat Times reported. Defense attorneys asked for the delay because of unspecified conflicts of counsel. Prosecutors did not object. The ...

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GE Aviation to choose contractor for new plant

ELLISVILLE — GE Aviation officials will soon choose a contractor to build a planned 300,000-square-foot plant in Ellisville, and hope to open it next year, company spokesman Rick Kennedy says. GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co. said in July that the $56 million project was planned for the Howard Technology Park. We hope to have the building ...

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Investigation: Mayor Davis arranged city payments to developer after condo deal

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis co-owns an oceanfront Florida condominium with a developer who’s received more than $3.4 million through real estate deals with the city since 2008. The developer, Chuck Roberts, more popularly known as the public address announcer at the University of Memphis Tigers basketball games, bought the $500,000 luxury condo with Davis in 2006. An investigation ...

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