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State's $75M loan promise positions Virdia for biofuel site search

With the promise of a $75 million loan from the Mississippi Development Authority in hand, Redwood City, Calif.-based Virdia is ready to begin scouting for a site to convert the state’s soft pine into sugars for biofuel makers. The one certainty about the plant’s location is that it will be near an ample supply of pine and must produce at ...

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VIDEO: T. Boone Pickens, Gov. Bryant team up on state energy plan

Energy financier and natural gas advocate T. Boone Pickens joined Gov. Phil Bryant and other utility and business leaders Wednesday to unveil a statewide energy policy for Mississippi. “While we wait for Washington and Congress to act, leadership is emerging at the state level, and this week, Mississippi, under the leadership of Gov. Phil Bryant, is helping move America further ...

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Full Spectrum chooses Boomerang for robotic parking garage

JACKSON — Full Spectrum has chosen Boomerang Systems Inc., a designer and manufacturer of fully automated robotic parking and self-storage systems, to provide a 480-space automated parking garage as part of the initial phase of the Old Capitol Green redevelopment project located in Jackson. The cost of the project was not disclosed. Old Capitol Green is a 14-block downtown mixed-use, ...

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Stewart named new president of East Central Community College

DECATUR — Dr. Billy Stewart has been named president of East Central Community College. The school’s board of trustees made the announcement yesterday. Stewart currently serves as CFO for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He succeeds longtime ECCC president Dr. Phil Sutphin. Board of Trustees chairman Jimmy Hollingsworth says Stewart’s experience in community college administration makes him the right man ...

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Former Meridian Mayor Rosenbaum dies at home

MERIDIAN — A memorial service is scheduled Friday for former Meridian Mayor I.A. “Al” Rosenbaum, a community leader and businessman who worked tirelessly to bring new industry to east Mississippi. In a statement, the family said Rosenbaum died Saturday of natural causes at his Meridian home. He was 92. The family said a memorial service would be held at the ...

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Group petitioning for change in form of government

D’IBERVILLE — A group of D’Iberville residents is starting a petition drive to change the city’s form of government from council-manager to one where the mayor wields more power. The city currently operates under a form of government where the appointed city manager makes many of the major decisions and the elected mayor has less power than in most other ...

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The mild winter: 2012’s economic powerhouse

What has had the biggest influence on business so far in 2012?  One strong contender was the mild winter. The recent weather was given some of the credit for improving the employment situation for January and February in a USA Today report, which said, “The nation’s mild winter has added thousands of jobs this year, boosting crucial businesses such as ...

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Bounty Consequences: Saint's Peyton gets 1-year suspension, team loses 2nd round pick

The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year for his involvement in a forbidden “bounty” program, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday. According to Schefter, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for eight games and fined $500,000. The team will also be fined $500,000 and will lose a second round pick in ...

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Gathering at Capitol asks for more money for two-year colleges

JACKSON — About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of the state’s 15 community colleges ...

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