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Ingalls awarded $133.7 million for Amphibious Dock LPD 27

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $133.7 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide long lead time materials for LPD 27, the 11th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class. The funds awarded to Ingalls will be used to purchase long lead ...

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Barksdale comments on Christensen appointment

Upon announcing the appointment of Brent Christensen to the directorship of the Mississippi Development Authority, Gov. Phil Bryant recalled joking about the salary with current interim chief Jim Barksdale. “I told (Barksdale) I would double what Leland Speed was making,” Bryant said. “Leland was making a dollar a year.” The governor has an eye for the ironic. Leland Speed took ...

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MSU sustainability leader Jeremiah Dumas receives TVA 'pioneer' honor

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s work to achieve a “greener” campus, as well as efforts of the university’s sustainability coordinator, are being recognized by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Jeremiah Dumas recently was named a “Campus Sustainability Pioneer” by TVA and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy as part of the Green Power Switch Leadership Awards recognition program. “I accepted the award ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Brent Christensen named new head of the Mississippi Development Authority

JACKSON — Brent Christensen has been named the new head of the Mississippi Development Authority. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement during a press conference at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson. Christensen, who has been the CEO of the Gainesville (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce the last 10 years, replaces interim director Jim Barksdale, the former Netscape CEO, who has ...

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Bryant expected to name new MDA director today

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to name a new head of the Mississippi Development Authority today. The new leader would replace interim director Jim Barksdale, the former Netscape CEO, who has served as the state’s chief economic developer since January. Bryant’s choice will likely be the first permanent MDA director since March 2011, when former chief Gray Swoope ...

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Fitch withdraws ratings on MDOC bonds for prison projects

MARSHALL COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its ratings on the following bonds due to pre-refunding activity: • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Prog-Mississippi Department of Corrections-Marshall County Correctional Facility Refunding Proj) general obligation special obligation bonds series 2008C (all maturities); and • Mississippi Development Bank (MS) (MSLoan Program-Mississippi Department of Corrections Wilkinson County Correctional Facility) general ...

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School superintendent's resignation accepted during emergency board meeting

GREENVILLE — Harvey Franklin Sr., superintendent of the Greenville Public School District, has resigned. The Delta Democrat Times reports the school board accepted the resignation during an emergency meeting today. Franklin’s resignation is effective immediately Deputy superintendent Leeson Taylor II has been named “acting interim superintendent” until June 30, the end of the district’s fiscal year. Franklin’s annual salary was ...

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Officials pushing for renovations at Mississippi Horse Park

STARKVILLE — Officials with the Mississippi Trotting Association say the Mississippi Horse Park could become a heavily used harness racing venue in the South if improvements are made to the facility’s track. While racing officials have high hopes for the venue, horse park officials say a lack of interest in harness racing over the years and a tight budget could ...

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Railroad company establishes new scholarship at USM Gulf Coast

LONG BEACH and MOSS POINT — In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company has established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. “Moss Point, Miss., has been the home of Mississippi Export Railroad for 90 years,” said Greg Luce, president and chairman of the ...

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Livingston Farmers Market launches its second season on May 17

Livingston Farmers Market will commence for its second summer season at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Town of Livingston location at the corner of Highways 463 and 22 and every Thursday after that through Oct. 4. This Thursday, Mississippi artist Ellen Langford will be at the market with her palette of paints, an easel and a blank canvas. And ...

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