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Staying alive: $18 million grant keeps USM bio-med initiative going

An $18 million grant renewal will ensure the University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions can continue biomedical initiatives designed to have a lasting impact on the health Mississippians, the university said in announcing the award that brings the total received for the Biomedical Research Mission since 2001 to nearly $54 million. The funding comes from a national program developed ...

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BIZ VIDEO — Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung ...

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City council to hold hearing concerning zoning for new casino

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 on a zoning change for an area west of Interstate 10 on the Back Bay for a $220 million casino. The Sun Herald reports that developers told the council last night that new flood regulations make the 18-acre site unaffordable for residential or small business development. ...

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Lighting fixtures manufacturer expanding, adding jobs

COLUMBIA — St. James Lighting is expanding its operations in Columbia to create 20 new jobs. The announcement came yesterday from the company and the governor’s office. Officials say the $225,000 investment will meet a growing demand for its products. The company currently has 23 employees. St. James Lighting manufactures handcrafted copper lighting fixtures and custom interior chandeliers and pendants. ...

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Ingalls to shutter shipyard next year due to cuts in destroyer program

GULFPORT — Huntington Ingalls Industries says it will close its Gulfport shipyard by May 2014. In an announcement this morning, the Newport News, Va.-based company said the shutdown is necessary because of a reduction in work for the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyers. Company president and CEO Mike Petters said the Navy has switched to steel for use in future ships. The ...

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Man accused of trying to trade sports bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — Federal authorities in south Mississippi have charged a man with trying to trade a Gulfport bar for a large quantity of cocaine. Victor Darnell Williams was arrested Friday. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Monday for a preliminary hearing. The judge said there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury. He ...

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Renasant-First M&F merger done; new company holds $5.8B in assets

TUPELO and KOSCIUSKO — Renasant Corporation of Tupelo has completed its merger with First M&F Corporation, a bank holding company headquartered in Kosciusko and the parent of Merchants and Farmers Bank. The combined company has approximately $5.8 billion in total assets with 130 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. The merger adds $1.6 ...

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Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. “In white-tailed deer, large antlers ...

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State port could land two new tenants; details pending

GULFPORT — The executive director of the Port of Gulfport says the facility could sign deals with two prospective tenants in the next six months. The Sun-Herald reports that news of the prospective tenants was revealed in a status report on a $570-million state restoration project at the port. It says the projects would open trade lines with northern Europe ...

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