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Senate property panel OKs Blount’s office consolidation proposals

State Sen. David Blount’s is seeing early success with a pair of bills to consolidate 28 state offices now scattered throughout the metro area into privately owned vacant office space within the Capitol Complex, an area extending from downtown to Lakeland Drive. Blount’s bill has won approval from the Senate Public Property Committee and now heads to the full Senate ...

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MEDC opens 2013 winter conference

The Mississippi Economic Development Council kicks off their winter conference today through Friday at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. “Driving Tomorrow’s Development” will bring together economic developers from across Mississippi to discuss ways to create jobs and grow their communities. “Our mission is simple,” MEDC president Arnie Williams told the MBJ. “We want to serve as ...

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Bomgar reports hefty year-over-year revenue growth

JACKSON — Bomgar reports a strong finish to fiscal year 2012, with 34 percent revenue growth year over year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, Bomgar plans further expansion in the EMEA and Pacific regions, in addition to significantly increasing market share in the U.S. With more than 6,500 customers worldwide, Bomgar is used by help desks and support centers ...

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Cochran cosponsors bill to reauthorize Wildlife Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation to reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), which leverages federal funds with private resources to promote fish and wildlife conservation. Cochran is cosponsoring the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (S.51), which would reauthorize a program created by Congress in 1984 to promote greater private investment ...

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MSU fundraiser 'StatePride' nets $118.3M in private gifts

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University has officially concluded the university’s four-year initiative known as “StatePride” with more than $118.3 million in private gifts. “StatePride: An Initiative for Student and Faculty Support” officially began in 2009 with a $100-million goal. “StatePride” was launched with the investiture of Mark Keenum as MSU’s 19th president and over its course became a unified fundraising ...

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Runoff scheduled for Harden's Senate seat

JACKSON — Former Jackson city councilman Marshand Crisler and former Jackson Public Schools school board member Sollie B. Norwood will vie in a Feb. 26 runoff to complete the term of the late state Sen. Sen. Alice Harden. Harden, a Democrat from Jackson, died in December. Nine candidates were on the ballot in the special election for the District 28 ...

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Buyer sues DiamondJacks owner to get back deposit

The Oklahoma Indian tribe that planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg is now suing to get back the $6.25 million deposit it put down on the purchase. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare it didn’t break its agreement to buy the two gambling ...

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MDMR closes waters to oystermen due to water quality

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has closed three areas to oyster harvesting because of water quality issues. The affected harvesting areas are Area II “A,” which includes northern portions of the Pass Christian, Henderson Point Reef and northern portions of Hornet’s Reef; Area II “E,” which covers Square Handkerchief reef and southern portions of Henderson ...

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Broken pipeline leaks gallons of oil into creek

JASPER COUNTY — Authorities say about 40 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline in Jasper County into a creek east of Bay Springs yesterday before being stopped. The pipeline, owned by Houston, Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline LP, began leaking sometime before 3 p.m. yesterday, when it was discovered. It connects to one of the many oil fields around ...

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City leaders want U.S. 90 named a scenic byway

GULFPORT — The Gulfport City Council has voted to support naming U.S. 90 a scenic byway, along with Harrison County. If that designation is approved by the state, Gulfport can apply for grants to market the highway as a scenic byway. Currently, only Hancock County has roads designated scenic byways on the Coast. Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock ...

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