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Mississippi Young Bankers name officers, council members

The Mississippi Young Bankers section of the Mississippi Bankers Association appointed new officers and councilmen during the annual study conference and convention in Point Clear, Ala. March 14-18. Officers include: President: Hue Townsend, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, Belzoni; Vice President: Matt McCraw, First National Bank, Oxford; Treasurer: Michael Schloegel, Hancock Bank, Gulfport; New council members are: Bob Glover, The ...

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Read April 2 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — “Total 180” NOAA spring flood forecast welcome news for everyone. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >>LEGISLATURE: “A tale of two Highway 9’s”: — by Clay Chandler >> ANALYSIS Reshoring, Part 2: Manufacturing pendulum could be swinging in state’s direction— by Ted Carter >> LABOR: Is China getting too pricey to afford— by Ted Carter >> ...

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Beekeepers approved for product to control varroa mites

JACKSON — United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency exemption that will help Mississippi beekeepers control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is the miticide HopGuard manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. HopGuard cardboard ...

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Coast TV station now affiliated with both ABC and CBS

BILOXI — CBS and WLOX-TV in Biloxi have signed an affiliation agreement. WLOX-CBS will be on a digital sub-channel of WLOX and will be viewed over the air, on cable and satellite, CBS said in a statement. The affiliation is effective April 8. David Vincent, vice president and general manager of WLOX, says it will be a week or more ...

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Victory acquires stores, accounts from Cloutier Oil

NATCHEZ and RIDGELAND — Ridgeland-based Victory Properties has bought 11 convenience stores and nine dealer accounts of Cloutier Oil in Natchez. Lawrie Cloutier, owner of Cloutier Oil, tells the Natchez Democrat the sale was completed March 19. Terms were not disclosed. Cloutier Oil was started Oct. 1, 1958, and originally served commercial businesses that had fuel tanks that needed refilling. ...

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NASA administrator: Stennis to play 'key role' in future space programs

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has expressed his readiness to work with his Senate colleagues and NASA officials to advance the new Space Launch System and the heavy-lift rocket engine tests the program will require. At a hearing this week to review the FY2013 budget request for NASA, Cochran encouraged NASA administrator Charles Bolden to provide Congress with ...

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Regulators meeting now to consider Kemper coal plant construction

JACKSON — State utility regulators are in session now (Friday) in Jackson to consider issuing a temporary certificate sought by Mississippi Power Co. to continue work at its Kemper County coal-fired power plant. They began at 9 a.m. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled March 15 that the Public Service Commission failed to lay out its reasoning clearly when it changed ...

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JOHN STODDER — Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known as fracking. According to project leader Charles Groat, “From what we’ve seen so far, many of the [groundwater contamination] problems ...

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State's joblessness rate falls to single digits, lowest since July 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent in February, the lowest level since July 2009. Jobless figures for January had first appeared to dip to 9.9 percent in preliminary numbers, but later were revised up to 10 percent. The state recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to 128,000 ...

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