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Tactical rifle maker TALON to open operations in Ridgeland

Mississippi lawmakers aiming to make the state a mecca for production of firearms and firearms accessories notched their first success Friday with an announcement that startup TALON Ordnance will begin manufacturing an AR-15-style semi-automatic sporting rifle in Ridgeland. TALON’s startup coincides with a huge upswing in demand for rifles in the AR-15 platform, whose design emulates the fully automatic assault-style ...

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Supreme Court orders judge to re-examine case of casino damage to hotel during Katrina

BILOXI, Mississippi  — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a judge to take another look at lawsuit over whether a company is liable for damage caused when the President Casino was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a nearby hotel. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005. Casinos at that time were required to ...

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Former MSU coach in initial Southern League Hall of Fame class

Former Mississippi State University player and head baseball coach Jimmy Bragan is among three initial inductees into the Southern League Hall of Fame. Also in the first class are former league presidents Billy Hitchcock, a former Atlanta Braves coach, and Don Mincher, a 13-year Major League veteran. The league announced the creation of the hall of fame this week in ...

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Sand drying plant shuts down for repairs, pending acquisition

PICAYUNE — A sand drying plant in Picayune has been sold and is currently shut down while repairs are made to a conveyor belt and the sale is finalized. Plant general manager Paul Deville tells the Picayune Item a conveyor belt has been shut down so that workers can rebalance it and make repairs. Deville says the plant has been ...

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Two companies graduate from MSET incubator at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) recently graduated two companies from their incubator program at Stennis Space Center. DQSI, is a woman-owned, 8(a), small disadvantaged firm that specializes in information technology and GIS, document management and seismic digitization, construction and environmental consulting. Melhcorp builds electronics systems, particularly for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) including Hunter, Predator, Pioneer, Snowgoose ...

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MEMA hosts earthquake-preparedness seminar; focuses on search/rescue

PEARL — Mississippians, both residents and first responders, must be ready for an earthquake. An important focus for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is to strengthen search and rescue capabilities. This week, MEMA hosted a seminar at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, focusing on the challenges of earthquake search and rescue. Local and state first responders learned more about the ...

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Seized counterfeit goods destroyed by AG's office

TUPELO — The attorney general’s office has destroyed $750,000 worth of counterfeit shirts, shoes, purses, CDs and DVDs at a recycling center in Tupelo. Attorney General Jim Hood says the items were seized at an Okolona thrift shop following a sting operation involving his office, Okolona police and Chickasaw County deputies. Willie McMillian and Sarah Hill McMillian each pleaded guilty ...

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Northrop Grumman lands destroyer contract worth $14.4M

PASCAGOULA — Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked to the integrated bridge, as ...

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FNC launches new product called 'Clean Room'

OXFORD – FNC Inc. has unveiled a new product line, a web-based technology platform through which banks and investors can buy and sell mortgages. Dubbed the FNC Clean Room, the technology makes loan trading more efficient and transparent by turning the loan file into structured data that can be easily analyzed. Additionally, the FNC Clean Room streamlines connections between buyers ...

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