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Olive Branch's Sam Thomasson turns frustration into new business for the hearing impaired

When Kate Thomasson was just a toddler she had lost most of her hearing. After trying numerous hearing aids that failed to fully remedy her problem, Kate’s frustrated father decided to take matters into his own hands. An accomplished electrical engineer and entrepreneur, Sam Thomasson vowed to use his expertise to create a revolutionary new hearing aid that would solve ...

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Tornado relief drive at USM goes quiet in wake of Oklahoma disaster

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its tornado relief and campus beautification campaigns were “entering a quiet phase” as the nation focuses its attention on tornado victims in Oklahoma. During this time the Foundation will refrain from publicly soliciting donors for the campaigns. The Foundation launched the tornado relief effort immediately following the Feb. 10 EF-4 tornado ...

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GLOBE: FBI agent fatally shoots man with reported ties to Boston Marathon bomber

ORLANDO, Fla. — A man was fatally shot when a team of FBI agents swarmed an apartment complex near Universal Studios in Orlando. The man, identified by an FBI spokesman as Ibragim Todashev, was being interviewed about his ties to alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to The New York Times. The shooting happened early Wednesday. “We are currently responding ...

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J-2X engine tests at Stennis Space Center highlighted in NASA video

Engineers are installing the J-2X engine E10002 in the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The installation is in preparation for a new series of tests, where the engine will be gimbaled, or pivoted, during test firings. Gimbal tests are an important part of the design process. When this upper stage engine is ...

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Foreign workers sue shipyard over work conditions, treatment

PASCAGOULA — Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina. Three federal lawsuits backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center were filed in Mississippi and Texas on behalf of 83 ...

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours — but it’s difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. In this Ted Talk, we explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time. Wingham Rowan is the founder of ...

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Supervisors to talk with trustees about selling hospital

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center could soon go on the market, with the Adams County Board of Supervisors saying they want to meet with NRMC’s board of trustees to discuss selling the hospital. At least three parties have expressed interest in the county-owned property. Supervisor Mike Lazarus made the suggestion at the supervisors’ meeting, and the other board members ...

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Mayor wants 'trial run' of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are fully educated on the issue. ...

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Insurer settles with county over damaged roads

CORINTH — The insurer for a transport company has paid $247,500 for damage to Alcorn County roads in 2011. The board of supervisors accepted the settlement for damage to Holly Church Road and Henson Road. Supervisors say the roads were damaged during a transport job by Burkhalter Rigging of Columbus. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the county had filed ...

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Genesis Energy doubling capacity, adding workers

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy plans to more than double its railcar capacity at its terminal in the Natchez-Adams County Port. The Natchez Democrat reports the expansion will create approximately 20 new jobs, including 15 equipment operators and five professional staff. The announcement comes as the company finalized its first phase — which includes 40 railcar spots — in Natchez. That ...

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