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Top MBJ stories online for 2012

Here are the top MBJ stories posted online for 2012.* 1. Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan resigning; has late-stage cancer 2. Jackson’s Charley Hutchison believed to be one of Apple’s youngest app developers 3. Trustmark feels pain of $10 million in bad debt after Tri-State Brick’s demise 4. Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan dies after bout with pancreatic cancer 5. CARTER: Barbour ...

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Constar shutting down facility; 40 employees left jobless

JACKSON — Constar International, LLC, a global producer of plastic containers for food and beverages that has previously announced its intention to focus on plastic packaging for technologically advanced and specialty applications, is reducing its presence in the commodity carbonated soft drink (CSD) market. “With a large contract to supply commodity CSD products expiring at the end of 2012, we ...

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Presley: FCC's data on cellphone, broadband availability inaccurate

JACKSON — The Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the first in a series of filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) aimed at expanding cellular telephone coverage and high-speed Internet service in Mississippi. The filings come in response to FCC requests for comments on coverage issues associated with its Mobility Fund and National Broadband Map, according to a release ...

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Officials sign options securing area's first megasite

HATTIESBURG — Officials have signed options securing a 2,222-acre industrial site in Forrest and Lamar counties. Area Development Partnership president Chad Newell told the Hattiesburg American it’s the first megasite in southern Mississippi. The idea is to have a large parcel with good transportation links to market to manufacturers. The land is in unincorporated areas of Forrest and Lamar counties, ...

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State's jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in November, the lowest level since February 2009. More people found work even while fewer people were looking, cutting the pool of unemployed people to about 113,000. That’s down 7,000 from October and well below November 2011’s level of 143,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released numbers today. The state ...

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EPA refuses to change ruling on air quality rating

DESOTO COUNTY — The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected appeals from state officials over air quality listings. According to The Commercial Appeal, the decision means the counties remain classified as “non-attainment” areas because of ozone levels. Officials say the designation makes it more difficult to attract industry. The “non-attainment” counties in the Delta region are Shelby in Tennessee, Crittenden in ...

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State's casinos see drop in November revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s casino revenue shrank again in November, but at a much slower pace than October’s 8 percent decline. Statewide casino revenue fell to $164.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. The dip left the state’s gambling halls running $13 million ahead of 2011’s pace through 11 months. In 2011, Mississippi River casinos closed for ...

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