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State to highlight contracting opportunities for minority, women-owned businesses

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is hosting a day-long conference and networker August 16 to connect minority- and women-owned businesses in Mississippi to procurement opportunities available at state agencies. The event, Access Mississippi, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 Pascagoula St. Gov. Phil Bryant emphasized that Access Mississippi is an important component ...

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Westland Plaza soon to have Hibbett Sporting Goods

  Hibbett Sporting Goods Store has signed a lease for 5,000 square feet at Westland Plaza in West Jackson and plans to open before Thanksgiving. Stirling Properties brokered the lease and says buildout is under way on the new store. Hibbett Sports joins Foot Locker which opened in January as the two newest tenants at Westland Plaza. Other tenants include ...

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Nation’s shopping centers see net operating income gains

  Shopping centers around the country saw an up-tick in revenue in the second quarter but not enough to offset higher expenses, the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) says in reporting on a new survey. The survey of investment managers for approximately 1,000 shopping-center properties found that operating income ...

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Radio networks merge; will have 42 affiliates in two states

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network is merging with the Louisiana Radio Network’s agrinews division. The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., reports the Louisiana Farm Bureau Agrinews Radio Network will have a combined 42 affiliates in Louisiana and Mississippi. LRN launched the Louisiana Agrinews Network in 1976, offering several daily agriculture reports for the state’s farmers ...

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Supervisors vote to give tax break for Hard Rock expansion

BILOXI — Harrison County supervisors have approved a tax break for Hard Rock Casino Biloxi’s hotel expansion. The Sun Herald reports supervisors unanimously agreed to a seven-year county ad valorem tax exemption for improvements related to Hard Rock Casino’s planned expansion, which involves a new 12-story hotel tower worth $32 million. The exemption doesn’t apply to school taxes and once ...

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Authorities to lift burn ban issued back in June

HERNANDO — DeSoto County authorities have agreed to lift the county’s outdoor burn ban at the end of the week. Bobby Storey, county emergency management chief and fire marshal, told the Board of Supervisors the state Forestry Commission has recommended that the ban be lifted because recent rainfall, wind and humidity are enough to allow residents to resume burning outdoors. ...

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Officials vote not to oppose city's annexation plan

TUPELO — The Lee County Board of Supervisors has decided against opposing the city of Tupelo’s annexation effort. WTVA-TV reports the supervisors’ vote was unanimous. Their decision comes just a few days after the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city’s effort to take in approximately 16 square miles from the county. Lee County had the option to ...

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NY Times reports HCA inquiry uncovered unnecessary cardiac surgeries

An internal investigation by HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, including Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing, the ...

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County takes out $650K loan, renegotiates bond terms

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has voted to take out a $650,000 loan to fund road work and also voted to renegotiate an approximately $2.6 million road bond to reduce the payments the county pays on the bond each year. The Natchez Democrat reports the supervisors awarded a bid for the $650,000 “negotiable note” to Concordia Bank ...

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Low river allowing saltwater to threaten drinking supplies

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday it would construct an underwater sill in the Mississippi River as it seeks to stop saltwater from threatening drinking water supplies in the New Orleans area. It’s needed because water levels in the drought-stricken Mississippi have gotten so low that the river is nearly at sea level, allowing salt water ...

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