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Not an Onion headline: U.S. government to spend $890K on nothing

If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story. This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing. As reported in the Washington Post, it is one of the oddest spending habits in ...

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Chicago family suing local gun shop owner following murder

BYHALIA — The family of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was shot and killed three years ago by gang members is filing a lawsuit against the Mississippi gun dealer where the weapon was purchased. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced the lawsuit filed by the family of Thomas Wortham IV in a news release. Wortham had just ...

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Save the date: GE Aviation opens doors at Ellisville plant

The Mississippi Development Authority says GE Aviation will officially open for business in Mississippi next week. The aviation giant will open its new Ellisville facility at 135 Technology Boulevard on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. The 340,000-square-foot facility will manufacture new aviation composite components. GE Aviation has committed to hiring 250 employees and investing more than $50 million by 2017. David Joyce, ...

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Lawmakers to return for special session on mystery project

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s calling lawmakers to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project. He said today that the session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. He didn’t give specifics about the project, but said it will create needed jobs for the state. He said earlier this week that the ...

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Economic developer: 4G network will boost county

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — AT&T has expanded it 4G LTE network in Northwest Mississippi. AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes parts of Batesville along Highway 6, Sardis and South Oxford. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Oxford Dec. 18, 2012, and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market. “The addition of a 4G LTE network will be of ...

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TVA names DayBrite Innovator of the Year

TUPELO — The Tennessee Valley Authority has honored regional businesses, local power distributors and other local leaders for exceptional leadership and participation in TVA’s Green Power Switch renewable energy program in 2012. Green Power Switch Leadership Awards were presented in 13 categories in a special ceremony in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Launched in 2000, Green Power Switch gives consumers and businesses a ...

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Renasant sees post-merger earnings increase

TUPELO — Renasant Corporation has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2013. Net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $7,571,000, or basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.30, as compared to $5,974,000, or basic and diluted EPS of $0.24, for the first quarter of 2012. “Our strong start to 2013 represents the fifth ...

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County looking to buy land from alternative fuel company

NATCHEZ — Adams County officials are continuing talks on buying the former International Paper site from Rentech. The Natchez Democrat reports supervisors met Monday and board attorney Scott Slover said no decision has been made. The IP mill was once home to the area’s biggest employer but was shuttered in 2003. Rentech purchased the property in 2008 with plans to ...

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Lab plans major expansion, including education center

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is growing, with near-term plans to open an 8,300-square-foot, four-classroom and lab addition in May and long-term plans to erect an $18-million Marine Education Center. The Mississippi Press reports the Marine Education Center is the education and outreach arm of the lab, and both are part of the University of Southern Mississippi. ...

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