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MSU biologist's work with crocodilians goes international

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University biologist’s fascination with crocodiles has brought together researchers from the United States and Australia to study the genetic building blocks of a reptile order. In the process, they hope to discover ways to conserve endangered animals, harness the antibiotic properties of alligator blood and isolate the genes that determine gender. “Humans have had a ...

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Corps of Engineers looking for R&D ideas from inventors

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking new and innovative ways to improve its products and services to the public. Inventors are urged to submit their research and developmental ideas to USACE for evaluation and development. The submission and evaluation process along with some guidelines to protect the patentable right you may have on your ...

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MDA leading trade missions to Canada, China

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is inviting state business leaders interested in pursuing trade opportunities in the Canadian market or seeking representation, partners or distributorships in Canada to participate in a multi-sector business-to-business matchmaking mission to Toronto and Montreal Sept. 10-14. In a separate item, MDA is also leading a trade mission to China Sept. 26-28. The Canadian ...

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Teleflex bringing distribution center to DeSoto County

OLIVE BRANCH — Medical equipment maker Teleflex Inc. is locating a distribution center in Olive Branch. The Limerick, Pa.-based company says it expects to employ 225 workers within four years of operation. The company will locate into an existing 627,000-square-foot facility. The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance through the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program and guidance on available tax incentives to ...

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Owners of DiamondJacks Casino bankrupt; selling to Chickasaws

VICKSBURG — The owner of casinos in Vicksburg and Bossier City, La., has filed for bankruptcy and plans to sell its casinos to an Oklahoma Indian tribe. Legends Gaming filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in Shreveport, La. The company says it will sell its DiamondJacks casinos to Global Gaming Solutions for about $27.5 million, if the bankruptcy court and ...

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Ex-Greenville Schools chief faces 25 years in lockup after kickback plea

Ex-Greenville Schools chief faces 25 years in lockup after kickback plea   Former Greenville Public Schools superintendent Dr. Harvey Andre Franklin, 56, faces 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to receiving kickbacks from the award of a federally funded reading instruction contract. Franklin pleaded before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, in Aberdeen, Mississippi to three counts of ...

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Read August 6 issue of the MBJ

>> NAMING RIGHTS Marketing pros see upside and risk to linking corporate name to Mississippi Coliseum— By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> ANALYSIS ABA chief says Weill ‘misguided’ in wanting big banks broken up— by Ted Carter >> PHIL HARDWICK Where do economic developers come from? >> EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Report criticizes Mississippi on its security at the ...

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Indiana man gets house arrest for role in illegal tobacco scheme

ABERDEEN — Authorities say an Indiana man has been sentenced in Mississippi to six months on house arrest for making false records related to cigarette sales. Authorities say in a news release that 56-year-old Jack Settles of Indianapolis was sentenced in U.S. District in Aberdeen. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of making false records. In addition to ...

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Ex-Delta housing director gets 32 months, to pay restitution

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced the former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority to 32 months in prison. The Delta Democrat Times reports Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday sentenced 58-year-old Ann Jefferson and ordered her to pay more than $41,000 in restitution. Jefferson will begin her sentence Sept. 10 at the minimum-security women’s Federal ...

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River reopens after towboat runs aground near Greenville

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is open again to traffic after being closed due to a barge grounding. The towboat Bootsie B ran aground yesterday pushing 13 empty barges and 15 barges loaded with fertilizer and salt. Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Tippets says the grounding happened near Greenville. Tippets says today that the river is open to all ...

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