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MBJ: Indiana’s take on Mississippi manufacturing is self serving, at best

Indiana has employed a scorched earth economic development strategy of degrading the manufacturing and logistical capabilities of its Midwestern neighbors and Southern competitors such as Mississippi. While generously pointing out all the shortcomings of others the Hoosier State goes up against in the economic development arena, the study sponsored by Conexus Indiana — the state’s manufacturing initiative — had to ...

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Workers find damage at arena; renovations to take longer

TUPELO — Renovations at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo are going to take a little longer. The arena is undergoing a $1.8 million project to repair, replace and paint the exterior insulation finishing system that covers the building. Director Todd Hunt says workers found more water damage than expected, including a few rusted columns and metal studs, so more work ...

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Report: State's teacher education programs 'mediocre at best'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A group pushing for changes in how the nation trains teachers says Mississippi’s teacher training programs are mediocre at best. The report is from the National Council on Teacher Quality, and is backed by Mississippi groups pushing for educational improvements. However, leaders of some colleges of education say the council’s report either misconstrues information or is based ...

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Accounting firm finds problems at troubled MDMR

BILOXI — The head of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources said today that the agency is “susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse” and must change its own work environment. Jamie Miller’s comments came as he released results of an accounting firm’s review of the agency. It was conducted during Miller’s first 60 days as executive director of the agency ...

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Report: Mississippi manufacturing hindered by state’s poor educational levels of workforce

As first reported by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Mississippi’s manufacturing sector is being held back by its dismal record of educational achievement as the state received average grades for manufacturing and logistics, says a new report from Ball State University. » Read the Mississippi Business Journal’s opinion on this report The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth ...

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Biloxi council moves closer to selling stadium bonds

The Biloxi City Council took another step Tuesday in an effort to attract a minor league baseball team to the city by passing a resolution to issue $21 million in general obligation bonds to help finance a $35 million a $35 million stadium. The measure passed 4-2. There was no significant opposition to Major A.J. Holloway’s request for the bond ...

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FAA fiscal ’14 budget would keep threatened Mississippi air control towers open

The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget for fiscal 2014 assumes an end to the federal fiscal sequester and proposes including money to keep open 149 contract air traffic control towers around the country, including five in Mississippi, previously targeted for loss of FAA funding. The tower funding is proposed to continue under the FAA’s fiscal 2014 budget request of $15.6 billion. ...

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Bond issue approved after opponents fail to get enough signatures

MERIDIAN — Lauderdale County supervisors will borrow $14 million for local recreation programs as well as courthouse renovations. The Meridian Star reports the 3-2 vote on the bond issue came after opponents fell short of their goal to gather enough signatures to force a countywide election on the proposal. Opponents argued program left many youngsters without proper playing fields and ...

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C Spire launches new WiFi On app for Android-powered phones

RIDGELAND — C Spire Wireless has launched WiFi On, a free app that gives users a connection to a Wi-Fi network with over 12 million global hotspots. C Spire is partnering with Devicescape, a San Bruno, Calif.-based Wi-Fi connection services company, to provide the new, always-on client-based app. The service allows customers with Android touchscreen smartphones to use Wi-Fi Internet ...

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