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Stion receives certification to ship solar modules from plant

HATTIESBURG — Stion, a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules, has received both Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commissions (IEC) certifications to ship modules produced at its Hattiesburg factory. Stion modules with nominal power of up to 140 watts are now available, with commercial shipments from the factory commencing later this month. The first phase of the 500-megawatt factory ...

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Cochran supporting bill to stop new regulations for H-2B program

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will support legislation to stop the implementation of new federal regulations governing a temporary foreign worker visa program, saying the regulatory changes are flawed and detrimental to seasonal industries like shrimping on the Gulf Coast. Cochran announced that he would cosponsor a joint resolution of disapproval challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed ...

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New city to hold public hearing on proposed ward boundaries

DIAMONDHEAD — The newly formed city of Diamondhead will hold a public hearing April 2 on its proposed ward lines and officials have posted the maps on their new city website. The Sun Herald reports the website, which officials acknowledge is rudimentary and was developed for $400, shows two proposed maps for the four wards. In addition to council members ...

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EIGS forms workforce development partnership with Digital Quest

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) has formed a partnership with Digital Quest, a national geospatial education firm. The partnership was formed to enhance the EIGS workforce development program with geospatial certifications. The State of Florida recently adopted the “S.P.A.C.E.” (Spatial Projects and Community Exchange) certification series created by Digital Quest and sponsored by EIGS. Florida included these ...

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Golden Triangle Regional Airport reports increased traffic

COLUMBUS — The parking lot expansion is finally complete at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, and if the latest passenger traffic data is any indication, those 50 extra parking spaces will be quickly put to use. GTRA executive director Mike Hainsey says passenger traffic in January and February increased by 11 percent, surpassing every January and February tally over the past ...

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Better-than-expected revenue collections could affect budget process

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say that because of relatively robust tax collections, they may increase the estimate of how much money the state can spend during the coming fiscal year. Yet Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday that even if the revenue estimate increases, state agencies shouldn’t expect their spending to rise. So far, budget writers have recommended ...

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Prospect Capital buying First Tower for $266M

FLOWOOD — Investment firm Prospect Capital Corp. said Tuesday it will pay about $266 million to acquire an 80.1 percent stake in First Tower, a specialty finance company. Prospect Capital said it will pay $110.2 million in cash for the Flowood-based company, and said First Tower shareholders will get 14.5 million shares of Prospect as part of the deal. That ...

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House unanimously passes public school construction bill

JACKSON — Legislative action could set off a small building boom for Mississippi’s public schools. A measure passed by the House on a unanimous vote last week — and now awaiting action in the Senate — would renew schools’ power to borrow against state aid checks. After the 1997 passage of the state funding formula, known as the Mississippi Adequate ...

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Audit shows bankrupt Natchez Regional faring better financially

NATCHEZ — An audit shows Natchez Regional Medical Center was doing better off financially in 2011 than it was in 2010. NRMC CFO Charles Mock presented the Adams County Board of Supervisors yesterday with the hospital’s financial audit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2011. After the meeting, Mock told The Natchez Democrat the hospital’s bankruptcy will be paid ...

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