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Corps of Engineers putting Yazoo County grazing land up for bid

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is accepting sealed bids from individuals or groups that are interested in leasing agricultural – grazing land in Yazoo County. The tract consists of exactly 27 acres on the Yazoo River levee system, west of Yazoo City on River Road near Highway 16. The Notice of Availability number for ...

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Southern Gaming Summit: Tribal gaming growing in the South

BILOXI — Tribal gaming is expanding in the Southern region of the U.S. with the addition of gaming space, hotels and amenities such as spas, to keep gamblers longer and the casinos profitable for tribe members. Session attendees heard regional reports from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma Wednesday at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi. Holly Gagnon, president ...

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(VIDEO) Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

In this Ted Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth talks about leaving her high-flying job in consulting to take a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. At ...

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Ads fun, not anti-Mississippi, says Southland executive from Southern Gaming Summit

The advertising, in a word, was taken personally by gaming officials in Mississippi. Southland Park Gaming and Racing’s recent marketing campaign in the Arkansas, Tennessee, north Mississippi area have been often-discussed in Mississippi gaming circles. The television ads for the West Memphis, Ark., racetrack and casino incorporated negative Mississippi stereotypes. The ads advise viewers “Don’t Risk the Road Trip.” They depict dangers such as ...

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Ag Department offering farmers help with safe produce certification

Mississippi vegetable and fruit growers who want to reap the benefits of the nation’s growing appetite for fresh produce need to show they use safe and sanitary harvesting and crop handling practices. The industry standard is U.S. Department of Agriculture certification through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The testing certifies safe and sanitary practices throughout ...

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Bennett: Mississippi has a lottery; it just needs to be enacted

From the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, here’s what state Rep. Richard Bennett, chairman of the House gaming committee says about the state’s stance on lotteries. “A lot of people don’t realize that in 1992, there was a referendum for a lottery in Mississippi and it passed, and they amended the constitution. So it’s legal to have a lottery. We’re ...

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Stone wool plant coming to park; to employ 150 workers

MARSHALL COUNTY — Rockwool International officials and State of Mississippi economic development leadership have broken ground on the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States. Rockwool is the parent company of Roxul, a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America. The plant, located approximately 30 miles south of Memphis, was announced last year and is expected to ...

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State Farm appeals Katrina-related whistleblower lawsuit ruling

GULFPORT — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury’s finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport also seek a new trial The verdict came in April in a whistleblower lawsuit against the Illinois- based insurer. The lawsuit was ...

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Supervisors want county out of fine-collecting business

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County Board of Supervisors wants out of a two-year contract it signed with Judicial Corrections Services Inc. to collect justice court fines. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports supervisors believe the private company is siphoning too much off the top of its collection fees, which increase by $40 each month a payment is delinquent. Board attorney Joyce Chiles ...

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