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CARTER: As in Mississippi, Florida’s jobs chief Gray Swoope exports jobs

Here’s a question most all home-state business services professionals  eager to get a public contract have ponder: Why is it that a public official tends to think an “expert” is anyone who lives at least one state away? Which brings us to the latest episode of things that Gray Swoope, former executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, is doing ...

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Toyota Mississippi executive David Copenhaver to retire

BLUE SPRINGS — David Copenhaver, the highest ranking American at Toyota’s Mississippi plant, will retire at the end of the year. Copenhaver confirmed his plans during events this week to celebrate the first anniversary of Corolla production at the plant. He’ll wrap up his 16-year-career with Toyota on Dec. 21. Toyota sources say the change in leadership is common every ...

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BP, Coast Guard say source of oil sheen capped, plugged

GULF OF MEXICO — BP says it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said today that it successfully placed a 750-pound cap over an 86-ton steel container that the ...

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California firm awarded Stennis contract modification

HANCOCK COUNTY — Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Pasadena, Calif., has received a modification for its facility operations service contract at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, adding facility operating services for the former Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant (MSAAP) following a 14-month transition. The contract modification is valued at $15 million including award terms. Under the terms of the ...

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Company files with FERC to study river turbines

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A company continues to study the feasibility of putting power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River. Free Flow Power, a Boston-based company, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project near Concordia Parish, La. Daniel Lissner with Free Flow Power tells The Natchez Democrat ...

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Technology company makes worldwide top 100 list

OXFORD — FNC Inc. has earned recognition as one of the world’s top 100 financial tech companies. The FinTech 100, sponsored by American Banker and Bank Technology News, is an annual ranking of the top technology providers to financial services companies worldwide. FNC CEO Bill Rayburn said receiving the FinTech 100 designation is a point of pride for the company. ...

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Commissioner asking for help in hunt for 'Rachel'

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is asking the general public who are registered on the Mississippi Do-Not Call list to report automated calls coming from “Rachel from Card Holder Services.” Presley said these calls have been the largest invasion of Mississippians’ privacy by a telemarketing scheme in years and that his office is working with the Federal Trade ...

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CEO elected to board of American Banking Association

GULFPORT — John Hairston, CEO of Hancock Holding Co., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Banking Association. Hancock Holding is the parent of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank. The Sun Herald reports Hairston’s election took place at the organization’s recent meeting in San Diego. He is one of nine members elected to the board and ...

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Chickasaws moving forward on buy of riverboat casino

Vicksburg — An Oklahoma Indian tribe is moving forward with buying the DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg. A bankruptcy auction did not occur after Global Gaming Solutions was the only bidder to qualify. The unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to pay $27.5 million in cash and $97.5 million in new debt to secured lenders ...

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University, Institute to partner on study of Gulf's health

GULF OF MEXICO — The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will work together to study the health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Sun Herald reports representatives from each group announced a formal partnership to research protected, threatened and endangered species in the Gulf, especially after recent hurricanes and the BP oil ...

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