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MDA setting up separate efforts on business retention, global recruiting

The Mississippi Development Authority is searching for an international business recruiter to head up its global business development. The MDA is creating the position as part of reorganization that severs business retention from international business development, Brent Christensen, MDA executive director, said at a press briefing Monday. “We have to find a way to build start-up capacity,” said Christensen, who ...

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Mississippi governor says voters should voluntarily show ID

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he thinks it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show identification when they vote, even though it’s not required by law. “If you have to show a ID to buy a pack of cigarettes or to buy alcohol, which you should, then certainly you ought to have ...

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Toyota rolls out 25 millionth North American-built vehicle

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota celebrated the 25 millionth vehicle manufactured in North America today at a ceremony at its Georgetown, Ky. plant coinciding with the start of production for the all-new 2013 Avalon. Of those 25 million vehicles, 111,000 were built in Mississippi at the Blue Springs plant, according to Toyota. The milestone vehicle — a Classic Silver Hybrid Avalon ...

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Empty buildings prompt residents' call for alcohol sales

NEW HOULKA — Some residents of New Houlka are circulating a petition trying to get support for resort status in the Chickasaw County town. Supporters tell WTVA-TV empty buildings are a symbol of several businesses that have closed their doors and left town over the years. They think resort status would generate revenue by allowing alcohol sales. If approved by ...

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Court refuses to rehear businessmen's defamation case

GULFPORT — The state Court of Appeals has declined to take a second look at its May ruling that a Gulf Coast television station did not defame two businessmen. Gerald “Heath” Hudson of Moss Point and his father, Arthur “Gerald” Hudson of Lucedale, sued WLOX-TV in 2006 in Harrison County Circuit Court. A Harrison County jury in 2009 ruled for ...

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Utility moves closer to turning over system to regional operator

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corp. has moved a step closer to turning over control of its power transmission system to a regional grid operator. It’s a plan the New Orleans utility hopes to have in place by the end of 2013. Entergy, which operates electric utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, wants to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System ...

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Ex-mayor convicted of murder conspiracy released from prison

BILOXI — Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat was released from prison yesterday after serving 15 years in a conspiracy that led to the 1987 slayings of a Mississippi judge and the judge’s wife, also a Biloxi City Council member. The Sun Herald reports Halat, 70, was released from federal prison in Oakdale, La., and moved to a halfway house Family ...

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FNC to add 100 jobs in Oxford

by Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal   OXFORD – Expanding internationally for the first time, mortgage technology company FNC is partnering with a Brazilian firm. The move, announced Tuesday, will add 100 jobs in the next 12 to 18 months to FNC’s headquarters in Oxford. FNC, whose software is used by seven of the top 10 largest U.S. banks to evaluate ...

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Egg company buying multiple facilities in Texas

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial egg operations of Maxim Production Co. Inc. Terms were not disclosed. The assets to be purchased by Cal-Maine include a feed mill and two production complexes with capacity for approximately 3.5 million laying hens with related pullet capacity, all located near Boling, Texas. In addition, the acquisition ...

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Software company adding at least 100 jobs for Brazilian contract

OXFORD — A Mississippi software firm will add at least 100 jobs thanks to a Brazilian contract. FNC, which makes software to streamline mortgage lending, said it would do work for Cetip, a Brazilian firm that holds financial securities for others. FNC’s software will help Brazilian banks manage documents, cut costs and help original lenders sell mortgages to others. Selling ...

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