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With bills on new DOR home dead or dying, attention turns to RFP selection

Barring a late surprise, the winner in the competition to be the new home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue should be known by the middle of next week, state officials say. The Department of Finance & Administration late Thursday afternoon opened the ‘final and best” lease offers from representatives of the three properties still in the running—downtown Jackson’s Landmark ...

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New liver for Jackson woman clears way for frequent transplants at UMMC

In an operation that saved a Jackson mother whose condition verged on death, a team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center earlier this month successfully completed the state’s first liver transplant in 22 years. Karen Battle received her new liver on March 4 and returned to her south Jackson home Thursday, said Dr. Christopher Anderson, UMMC associate professor of ...

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NFIB's Aldridge: 'Small business owners still wary'

JACKSON — The National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.9 points in February to 90.8 — an improvement over the past several months but still below the trough of the 1991-92 and 2001-02 recessions. Of the 10 Index components, one fell, one remained unchanged and eight improved but were still low by historical standards. ...

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Officials vow flights will continue even if funding is cut

COLUMBUS — Officials with the Golden Triangle Regional Airport say commercial flights will continue despite the possibility of federal funding for the airports’ air traffic control tower being cut. The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week it would be shutting off staff funding for seven air traffic control towers in the state and 180 nation-wide, as part of an effort ...

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Team-member NVision wins contract from NOAA

HANCOCK COUNTY — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a team, including NVision Solutions Inc., a contract to provide technical support services for the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). Signed during NVision’s third fiscal quarter of 2013, the contract has a performance period of four-years and ten-months (including four one-year options). NVision’s subcontract on the $87 million contracting ...

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Local teen's petition changes how PepsiCo makes Gatorade

HATTIESBURG — When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient. “I was like, ‘Whoa,'” said Sarah Kavanagh, a 16-year-old from Hattiesburg, who wanted to know ...

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Judge rules proposed hospital site within city limits

OXFORD — A Lafayette County judge has ruled that the land that a company has selected as the location of its new $300-million hospital will be included in the Oxford city limits. Since Chancery Judge Ed Roberts approved the annexation last month, some objectors have dropped out of the case, but three others — Kenneth F. Farrell, James Morris and ...

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State awards county grant for KiOR site work

NATCHEZ — Adams County has received $3.9 million in grants from the state for work on a levee and new water system on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR’s Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the county initially had sought to borrow the money to partially finance the work. When the Mississippi ...

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Judge approves settlement in lawsuit involving illegal immigrants

LAUREL — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement by Howard Industries, a Laurel-based electric transformer company, to pay $1.3 million and hire at least 70 workers to end a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by four black women who accused the company of discrimination for allegedly hiring only Hispanic workers. U.S. District Judge Keith ...

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Lawmakers concerned about mental health care cuts

JACKSON — Several Mississippi House members say they want budget writers to restore more than $6 million that could be cut from the Department of Mental Health for the coming year. The House and Senate face an early April deadline to agree on a $5.5 billion spending plan for all of state government. Fiscal 2014 begins July 1. Democratic Rep. ...

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