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Laurel native new head of Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District

VICKSBURG, Mississippi – Mississippi native and Iraq war veteran Col. John W. Cross took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District in a ceremony Friday morning officiated by Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, commander of the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division, Col. Cross assumed command of the 68,000-square-mile District from Col. Jeffrey R. Eckstein. Cross is a native ...

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Bryant ranks 14th for job growth among U.S. governors

It looks like Phil Bryant is doing an OK job as governor, if you are looking at job growth statistics Bryant ranks 14th in the U.s. in job creation among all current U.S. governors during their respective terms, according to a new report from On Numbers. On Numbers, a group endorsed by the Memphis Business Journal, analyzed private-sector employment levels ...

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Ameristar merger boosts analyst's rating of Pinnacle

NEW YORK — An RBC Capital Markets analyst raised his rating and price target for Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Thursday, saying its pending acquisition of Ameristar Casinos Inc. should help its business in multiple ways. THE SPARK: The analyst John Kempf lifted Pinnacle to “Outperform” from “Sector Perform” and boosted its price target to $24 from $18. THE BACKGROUND: Pinnacle ...

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Paper plant will have converting and manufacturing capabilities

NATCHEZ — Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company’s only “all-under-one-roof” facility. The Natchez Democrat reports company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company’s only plant to have both. Von Drehle, which provides paper products to commercial and industrial ...

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Who will be on the new charter school board?

JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi’s expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. The state superintendent of education ...

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Fish and Wildlife awards grant for bat disease study

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $42,248 in federal funds for white-nose syndrome projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the grants will support research and detection of the fatal bat disease, and response to it. States also will use the funds to monitor bat populations. Mississippi is among 28 states receiving grants. Fish and Wildlife officials say the disease ...

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Researcher finds Gulf dead zone prediction holding true

GULF OF MEXICO — Ocean experts had predicted a large “dead zone” area in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and according to the results from a Texas A&M University researcher just back from studying the region, those predictions appear to be right on target. Steve DiMarco, professor of oceanography and one of the world’s leading experts on the dead ...

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Health Department awards CONs, one for cost overrun

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for projects at Forrest County General Hospital in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Hospital. Forrest County General Hospital (d/b/a Forrest General Hospital) received a CON) for an amendment/cost overrun to CON No. R-0808. The original project involved the demolition and renovation to convert adult chemical ...

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