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Mississippi Economic Council tour wants ideas on making business better

The Mississippi Economic Council Insight Tour has a couple of more weeks to go before arriving in Hattiesburg on March 1 for its final stop. The tour, which began in Gulfport on Jan. 24, is gathering thoughts and suggestions on strengthening the state’s business climate and offers participants a chance to network with business people from around the state. The ...

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Keeping the Faith: Miss. reclaims title of most religious state

For the second consecutive year, Mississippi has edged out Utah and Alabama as the nation’s most religious state, a Gallop Poll released Wednesday found. Gallop reported that 58 percent of Mississippians polled termed themselves “religious” and attended worship services every week or nearly every week. Fifty-six percent of respondents in Utah and Alabama described themselves as religious and regular attendees ...

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A tale of the chase: the Hattiesburg tornado

It is one of the lasting images of the recent Hattiesburg tornado. Almost a half-million people have clicked on the 5 and-a-half-minute YouTube video of a stormchaser racing down Hardy Street, only to be cutoff by an EF4 tornado as it plows into the south side of the University of Southern Mississippi campus. Harrowing, awe-inspiring and scary. But for John ...

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Carnival cancels 12 more cruises on Galveston-based ship of despair

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled voyages through April aboard the Triumph, a ship that has been plagued by mechanical problems in recent weeks and was finally left powerless in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire, the Associated Press reports.. Carnival’s announcement of the 12 canceled trips came Wednesday as the Triumph was being towed by two tugboats to ...

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Livestock auction sets new records, passes $5M milestone

JACKSON — After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction. Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead ...

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Panel rules for company in Flexible Flyer case appeal

WEST POINT — Flexible Flyer did not violate the law when it abruptly shut down in 2005 with no notification to workers, according to a federal appeals court. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a bankruptcy judge’s ruling in a lawsuit brought by some company employees. The employees contended Flexible Flyer violated the Worker ...

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Liability of maritime pilots might be reduced

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to reduce the liability of maritime vessel pilots to $5,000. House Bill 489 passed the House Tuesday. A similar measure, Senate Bill 2781, passed the Senate. The two chambers will exchange bills and must agree on a single one before anything could go to the governor. Vessel pilots guide ships weighing more than ...

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EastGroup's profits soar due to warehouse deal

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties’ profit nearly doubled in the fourth quarter thanks to the sale of an Oklahoma warehouse. The real estate investment trust said Tuesday that quarterly profit rose to $12.2 million, or 41 cents per share. That’s up from $6.4 million, or 24 cents per share, in 2011’s fourth quarter. For all of 2012, EastGroup profits rose to ...

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Bill passes that would end electing school superintendents

JACKSON — State senators want to end the election of local school superintendents, raise the requirements for becoming a teacher and limit the state’s ability to take over schools in Mississippi. The state Senate has passed bills to do all three. Each bill goes to the House for more debate. Meanwhile, the House passed a bill that would require the ...

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Hospital planning new, $12M emergency room

NEW ALBANY — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County wants a new emergency room facility. Hospital officials have asked the Mississippi State Department of Health to approve a $12 million, 20,000-square-foot extension on the south side of the hospital. Rather than expand the existing emergency room, Baptist wants a completely new facility with 22 patient examination rooms compared to the existing seven ...

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