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New agricultural research center opens in Delta

STONEVILLE — DuPont Pioneer has opened its new $3 million research center in Stoneville. The Stoneville research center will conduct testing, breeding, characterization and product development of soybeans and corn. It will have 20 full-time worker and 30 part-time employees. The center is the first such research facility in the state of Mississippi. The center held a formal opening this ...

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Bank sees modest rise in earnings after retirement buy-out

TUPELO — Regional bank BancorpSouth Corp. says profit in 2013’s second quarter rose less than 1 percent from the same three months of 2012, as an early-retirement buyout drove up costs. BancorpSouth posted quarterly profit of $20.8 million, or 22 cents per share Tuesday. That’s up from $20.6 million or 22 cents per share in 2012’s second quarter. Without a ...

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Governor sets elections to fill seats left by mayors

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant has set elections to fill three House seats vacated when incumbents were elected as mayors. Bryant set Nov. 5 as the special election date in Districts 5, 55 and 110. Qualifying for the nonpartisan elections closes Oct. 7. If candidates don’t win majorities on Nov. 5, runoffs would be Nov. 26. District 5, covering ...

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Milwaukee Tool to get $15M expansion/makeover

GREENWOOD — The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. plant in Greenwood is undergoing a $15 million expansion and reorganization that will double the factory’s manufacturing capacity. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports company engineer Terry Jensen told a civil club this past week that the plant presently splits its operations between assembling power tools and manufacturing saw blades. Jensen says the assembly operation ...

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Ex-plant worker accused of stealing thousands of dollars

BOONEVILLE — A former employee of a Booneville plant has been charged with embezzlement. Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that 48-year-old Stephen Blake Hobson of Tupelo worked in the business department of Heartland Siding, a division of ProVia, an Ohio company. Ramey says Hobson is accused of embezzling $43,556 from the company. Ramey says ...

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Work continues on tornado-damaged schools

HATTIESBURG — The uncompromising winds lasted less than 10 minutes on that day more than five months ago, and the steady rain that followed for several days afterward only added to the initial misery. While much of the damage and debris has been carted off, approximately a month before the start of the 2013 football season, work continues on the ...

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Oxford public school registration goes online

The Oxford public school district says registration for the upcoming school year is now available online and must be completed by all students in the district. All students in the district must complete the School Registration form online this year and is necessary before students are considered enrolled in school. Children who are pre-registered as new students as well as ...

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State's casinos see 7 percent drop in revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue resumed its year-over-year slide in June after showing positive results in May. Statewide casino revenue fell nearly 7 percent from June 2012 to $174.5 million, according to Mississippi Department of revenue figures. The state’s gambling halls eked out a 1 percent gain in 2012, because revenue rebounded after most Mississippi River casinos were affected ...

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Governor to lead health care symposium next month

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant will host the Governor’s Health Care Economic Development Summit on Aug. 15 in Jackson. The event is co-hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi State Medical Association. Bryant will speak at 9 a.m. along with Dr. Clay Hays Jr., who is chairman of the Mississippi Health Care Solutions Institute. Hays, ...

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Mayor says not anti-gun, but wants ban on city property

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran’s response to Mississippi’s open carry law is an ordinance to bar firearms on city property. She’s far from anti-gun. “I am certainly in favor of second amendment rights. I myself have a gun, and I’m a pretty good shot, but I wouldn’t bring it to city hall,” she told WLOX-TV. She says ...

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