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Thompson raises $1.2M; his three opponents combined get less than $8,000

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson’s campaign war chest tops $1.2 million, far more than his Republican and independent opponents, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. The FEC reports cover the period ending June 30. Thompson is running for an 11th term in Mississippi’s 2nd District. Thompson’s Republican opponent Bill Marcy of Vicksburg reported $5,853 ...

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Molpus Woodlands, Boston firm purchase nearly 2M acres in four states

JACKSON — The Hancock Timber Resource Group of Boston and Jackson-based Molpus Woodlands Group have purchased the 1.88 million acre timberland portfolio of Forest Capital Partners, the companies report. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hancock Timber is acquiring 376,000 acres in Louisiana, 573,000 acres in Oregon, 138,000 acres in Idaho and 264,000 acres in Washington. Molpus is acquiring ...

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MDEQ closes beach; lightning could have caused contamination

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a precautionary beach closure for one sampling station in Harrison County. The area of the closure is at Station 12A, Biloxi West Central Beach near Rodenburg Avenue.  The extent is from Travia Street east to Iberville Drive. The city of Biloxi reported to MDEQ ...

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Airport lands funds to improve aircraft accommodations

CORINTH — Local officials have accepted a grant of $204,520 to improve aircraft accommodations by enclosing the hangars. The Daily Corinthian reports Alcorn County and Corinth officials agreed to funds for work at the jointly owned airport. Corinth-Alcorn County Airport officials say the project would be completed in 2013. Airport board of directors chairman Waco Epperson says some aircraft have ...

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Comcast launches Xfinity Home service in metro Jackson

JACKSON — Comcast has launched Xfinity Home across the company’s Jackson metropolitan service area. Xfinity Home offers traditional home security components, like police and fire alarm protection backed by 24/7 monitoring as well as the ability to remotely adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The ...

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MSU Foundation sets new annual fundraising record

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Foundation is marking the largest private giving year in the land-grant institution’s history. Campus officials announced more than $86 million was raised during the just-ended 2012 fiscal year, an increase of more than $6 million from the previously held record of FY 11’s over $80.3 million total. A major infusion from “StatePride: An Initiative ...

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Renasant sees earnings rise 10% during second quarter

TUPELO — Regional bank Renasant Corp. said profit in 2012’s second quarter rose 10 percent from the same three months of 2011, thanks to lower interest payments to savers. Renasant said it posted quarterly profit of $6.34 million, or 25 cents per share, up from $5.76 billion or 23 cents per share in 2011’s second quarter. Analysts polled by FactSet ...

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Commission looking at increasing spotted seatrout quota

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s annual 40,000-pound limit on commercially caught spotted seatrout is under review. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources decided on a study after being told commercial fishermen reached the 40,000-pound quota this year by May 19. The season had opened in January. The Mississippi Press reports fisheries biologist Buck Buchanan recommended to the commission an increase ...

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Auditor tells Coast city leaders to stay out of reserves

OCEAN SPRINGS — Auditors have told Ocean Springs to avoid — if they can — dipping in cash reserves in preparing a new city budget. City leaders borrowed $1.7 million from the city’s reserves last year, leaving $822,000. Auditors told the board of aldermen that good financial practices recommend a reserves balance of $2.7 million based on the city’s budget ...

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