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Mississippi notable for its 2012 ‘blueness,’ Rove says

Sakes alive! Mississippi’s turning blue? Not really – but it did make “blue” history of sorts in Tuesday’s presidential election. It had the distinction of being only one of two states to go a bit more blue than in the 2008 election, GOP strategist Karl Rove notes his post-election assessment of nationwide voting. Here is what Rove said on his ...

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Haley Barbour as GOP’s next Big Tent builder?

  Tuesday night’s vote counting ended with some Republican Party strategists coming to a single conclusion: The GOP’s viability hinges on it turning to a grown-up leader who can preach a gospel of inclusiveness. That would be Haley Barbour, they say. The former party chairman and two-term Mississippi governor bailed out as a potential GOP 2012 candidate in time to ...

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KiOR starts production at Mississippi biorefinery

JACKSON — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Mississippi and plans to make its first commercial shipment before November’s end. Based in Pasadena, Texas, KiOR built a $222 million refinery in Columbus, Miss., to extract the equivalent of light crude oil from wood chips. It refines the oil into gasoline and diesel fuel. KiOR said ...

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Whole Foods to break ground today in Jackson

Whole Foods Market will break ground Thursday morning on its 30,000 square-foot store in Jackson’s Highland Village, the company said Tuesday. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held under a tent in Highland Village’s east parking lot. The store will sit between existing buildings at the shopping center and Old Canton Road. It will be the first foray into Mississippi for ...

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Judge holding fairness hearing on oil spill class-action claims

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a fairness hearing for a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During today’s hearing, the London-based oil giant and a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys will urge U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to give ...

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Governor pushing port to act; worried about losing $500M

GULFPORT — Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants quicker action on issues stalling development at the Port of Gulfport. Bryant says the project needs to move forward and produces 1,200 new jobs in order for officials to avoid the chance of losing $500 million in federal money. The governor is worried the project’s unused funds could be taken back by ...

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Voters reject additional tax on area restaurants

TISHOMINGO COUNTY — Voters in Tishomingo County have defeated a proposed 1 percent additional tourism tax. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports complete but unofficial returns showed 4,158 people voted against the measure to 3,268 in favor. Supporters proposed the tourism tax as an economic and job development engine for the county. It would have imposed an additional 1 percent ...

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Boat facility to be razed after land swap proposal fails

OCEAN SPRINGS — The state Department of Marine Resources is going to tear down and remove the large boat storage shed it owns in Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports it will not be swapped for land on Back Bay in Biloxi. Bill Walker, head of the DMR, said Wednesday they couldn’t work out the legalities of a land ...

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Ex-MSU basketball coach leases 16th Section land

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — Former Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury and a business partner will lease about 312 acres of 16th Section school land in Oktibbeha County for $31,290 annually. The county school board had rejected an earlier proposal involving 400 acres from Stansbury and partner John Barnett because the rental fee was too low. The Commercial Dispatch reports Stansbury ...

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Board members seated

The Greenville Salvation Army added five new members to its advisory board. The Delta Democrat Times reports the new members are LaToya Davis, Amber McCorkle, Nick Crawford, Cindy Arnold-Marshall and Paul Artman. Crawford and Davis are employed at Crawford Law Firm in Greenville. McCorkle, a Greenville native, is a community organizer for the Mississippi Center of Justice in Jackson. Artman ...

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