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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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Natchez Inc. making progress in finding buyer for plant

NATCHEZ — Economic developers say progress is being made toward goal of having a buyer for the Mississippi River Pulp plant. The Natchez Democrat reports a local economic developer group — Natchez Inc. — has been working with MRP since the company shut down its recycled fiber plant Oct. 31. Natchez Inc. director Chandler Russ said talks are progressing with ...

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Attorneys preparing final briefs in hospital-annexation case

OXFORD — Attorneys have 30 days to submit final briefs in case that will decide whether the land that a company has selected as the location of its new $300 million hospital will be included in the Oxford city limits. The Oxford Eagle reports Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi wants to build on the 160-acre site located south of Mississippi 6. ...

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