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Bank to take over historic Monmouth in foreclosure proceedings

NATCHEZ — United Mississippi Bank was expected to assume ownership of historic Monmouth today in foreclosure proceedings. Warren Reuther, president of New Orleans Hotel Consultants, said his company has met with bank representatives about the possibility of managing Monmouth. Reuther said the bank intends to do everything they can to keep Monmouth open because of the vital role the property ...

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USDA consolidating 11 state offices in cost-cutting move

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U. S. Department of Agriculture will consolidate 11 offices in Mississippi with other USDA offices across the country. The list includes Farm Service Agency offices in Ashland, Ackerman, Fulton, Hernando, Coffeeville, Monticello, Raleigh and Purvis. A nutrition site in Jackson, an animal plant inspection service in Gulfport, and a rural development office in DeSoto County will ...

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Stores petition MDOT to delay downtown road project

SUMMIT — Merchants in Summit are protesting a plan to shut down a main downtown thoroughfare and disrupt Easter and Mother’s Day sales. The Enterprise-Journal reports the merchants have asked the Mississippi Department of Transportation to delay the partial shutdown of Robb Street. MDOT construction engineer Ken Morris says a contract has been signed and the start date is March ...

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House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards to approve charters in their ...

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State wants unspent $6M back from Coast county

HANCOCK COUNTY — The state has asked Hancock County for $6 million in funds not spent on a “property acquisition” project. The project is a limited buy-out plan designated to reduce the repetitive losses of residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County. The Sea Coast Echo reports the county has not spent any of the $10 million it was allotted ...

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State election observers identify issues during election day

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State observers monitored the 2011 primary, primary run-off and general elections in Mississippi.  Sixty-three counties were monitored in the primary and runoff elections and 44 counties in the general election.  The Secretary of State’s Office reports voting issues during these elections are outlined in the “Report on 2011 Election Day Activities.” One issue is bloated voter rolls. Currently, ...

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Contractor dispute halts runway construction at Jackson-Evers

JACKSON — Mississippi’s busiest airport is down to one usable runway with a $13.3 million construction project at a standstill and eight months behind schedule. Completion of runway surfacing at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was expected in June 2011, but a dispute with the contractor halted the work. Airport CEO Dirk Vanderleest says the contract with Rifenburg Construction Inc. ...

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Sanderson sees better quarter, but still loses $8M

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc., for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, saw net sales of $517.8 million compared with $427.7 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the poultry company had a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.36 per share, compared with a net loss of $33.6 million, or $1.52 per share, for the ...

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Nations retiring from AGC of Mississippi; son taking his place

JACKSON — After a 35-year career as head of the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi, Perry Nations is retiring. But, the AGC did not have to look far for a replacement. Perry Nations’ son, Lee Nations, has been named the organization’s new leader. Lee Nations’ start date has yet to be made official, but he could step into his father’s ...

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Luvata expanding production at Grenada plant; creating 20 new jobs

GRENADA — Luvata is expanding production capabilities at its Grenada facility in order to pursue new market opportunities. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) reports the expansion represents a company investment of $1 million and will create 20 new jobs. This latest expansion marks the company’s second in Grenada in under a year. In August 2011, Luvata expanded operations at its ...

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