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Mississippi economic growth predicted to rise in 2013

JACKSON — Economists say growth and employment should increase in Mississippi next year, led by an improved housing market and an increase in home construction. Forecasters discussed their outlook at a Tuesday conference held by the College Board in Jackson. Mississippi’s economy is predicted to grow 1.6 percent in 2013, compared to an expansion of only 0.5 percent this year. ...

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Ridgeland's Bomgar on list of fastest growing companies

For the sixth consecutive year, Ridgeland-based Bomgar is a part of the 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a list of the fastest growing companies in North America. Bomgar is ranked No. 439 with a 163 percent growth during 2007-2011. It earned the ranking based on growth and performance in the enterprise remote support market. The Technology Fast 500 programs rate ...

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Senator may seek emergency declaration to keep barges moving

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. That means less water coming down the Missouri and into the Mississippi River. ...

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State sets another West Nile record with two new cases

WAYNE COUNTY and PERRY COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in Wayne and Perry counties, bringing the state total to 244 cases and five deaths. This continues to be the highest number of West Nile virus cases ever reported in Mississippi. In 2011, ...

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Delta cutting flights to Southern cities, including Jackson

JACKSON — Delta Air Lines is cutting flights from Memphis International Airport by 18 percent. The reductions will also affect airports in Nashville, Knoxville and other Southern cities, including Jackson. Delta spokesman Anthony Black told The Commercial Appeal those flights being dropped weren’t profitable because passenger demand was slack. He said Delta would reduce the frequency of flights between Memphis ...

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Yates to assemble equipment for project in Montana

PHILADELPHIA — A Mississippi company has announced plans to assemble equipment for Canadian oil sands projects in northwestern Montana. The Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune reports Philadelphia-based Yates Constructors plans to open an assembly plant in the Bynum, Mont., area, north of Choteau along the Rocky Mountain Front. Sweetgrass Development executive director Sarah Converse says Yates plans to hire 75 to ...

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Alabama developer pleads not guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — Alabama real estate developer William R. Miller has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he illegally filled wetlands in Mississippi and violated the Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into waters of the United States. The Sun Herald reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker set a trial date for Feb. 4. Walker also set a ...

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Six educators indicted for cheating; two still active in classroom

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Six Mississippi teachers have been indicted for participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. Teachers in Tennessee and Arkansas have also been implicated. The case stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis with fraud and identity theft. ...

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Many who opted out of BP settlement made invalid requests

NEW ORLEANS — Only about half the businesses and individuals who asked to be excluded from a proposed settlement over BP’s 2010 oil spill submitted valid requests, the company and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys said in a court filing. A maximum of 13,123 potential claimants submitted valid opt-out requests by a Nov. 1 deadline, the filing says. A total ...

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Port road could be delayed after judge revokes permit

GULFPORT — Construction could be delayed for a road connecting the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport to Interstate 10. The Sun Herald reports a federal judge has revoked the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s federal permit to build the northern end of the road. MDOT had planned to create a conservation area by using 1,600 acres near the interstate, as a ...

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