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Main Street to designate Como Downtown Network Member

COMO — On June 11, the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will designate the City of Como as a Downtown Network Member of the association. The designation will be held at 4:30 p.m. at 215 Main Street in downtown Como. Como joins Long Beach, Winona, Belzoni, Eupora, Forest and the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Main Street Network Communities ...

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EPA approves emergency exemption for state's cotton farmers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an emergency exemption that will help farmers in the Mississippi Delta control tarnished plant bugs in cotton, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The tarnished plant bug has become one of the most damaging pests of cotton in recent years, responsible for an estimated $81 million in combined input costs and ...

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Laurel moves up 22 spots in national ranking of micropolitans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Policom Corporation, which specializes in studying the dynamics of local economies in order to determine if an area is growing or declining, has released its “2012 Economic Strength Rankings.” According to the report, the Laurel micropolitan statistical area was ranked 66th out of the nation’s 576 micros, which is the fourth highest of Mississippi’s 20 micros. The ...

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Plant pathologist's work could lead to new drug for humans

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug. The potential drug shows significant promise for the treatment of serious fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatments and those with HIV or AIDS. While MSU holds numerous patents ...

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State tax collections exceed forecast, but agencies still face budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi tax collections are up, but lawmakers say state agencies still might face budget cuts during the 2013 session. Because of a sluggish economy, Mississippi still hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession. Tax collections remain below where they were during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports for the first ...

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Report deems 70,000 coastal Mississippi properties at risk to storm surge

Just under 1.8 million homes are at risk along the U.S. Gulf Coast for potential storm-surge damage, including more than 36,000 in the Gulfport-Biloxi area and another 34, 264 in metro Pascagoula, a new real estate research report shows. In all, the U.S. Gulf Coast is susceptible to storm surge damage of nearly $200 billion, says a report issued Thursday ...

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Viking Range Corporation to add cooking school at Town of Livingston in Madison County

Viking Range Corporation of Greenwood, Miss., announced Thursday their plans to build a cooking school at the Town of Livingston during the market this afternoon. They will have their rendering / plans to show as well. Town Livingston is a recently conceived residential and retail development. The first phase (includes) a mercantile store and service station. The first phase of ...

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Mississippi revenue is up, but maybe not enough

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections are up, but lawmakers say state agencies still might face budget cuts during the 2013 session. Because of a sluggish economy, Mississippi still hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession. Tax collections remain below where they were during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that for the first ...

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Debit card scam widens; now includes three banks

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A debit card scam that began late last month has widened, according to Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Presley sent a release last week warning of a series of scam calls claiming to be BancorpSouth and Renasant Bank, asking customers to either validate or re-instate their debit cards. Yesterday, Presley announced the scam now also includes Community ...

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