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REILY: C Spire's fast fiber has the nation chasing behind Mississippi

While there are still many questions to be answered regarding this week’s announcement from C Spire that it is going to offer home internet service about 100 times faster than the industry norm, the fact is the Ridgeland-based company keeps pushing the envelope in regard to business and technology. For that, Mississippians should be proud. It is exciting for one ...

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Former Union County coroner gets 4 years on bogus death investigation claims

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mark Golding knows where the bodies are buried but is going to jail anyway. Golding, former Union County coroner, received a 4-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud by a public official. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said an investigation of Golding found he submitted false claims totaling $276,591 to the Union County ...

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New C Spire home Internet service to be 100 times faster than industry average

An initiative by Ridgeland-based C Spire proposes to give homes in Mississippi the opportunity to have internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — about 100 times the average speed,  CEO Hu Meena said Tuesday during a press conference at the C Spire headquarters. The regional telecommunications and technology services company’s ultra high-speed Internet access will be marketed ...

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German automotive component-maker breaks ground in Delta

A German automotive components company has broken ground in the Delta for a new plant. Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Feuer Powertrain GmbH held an announcement and groundbreaking ceremony today in Tunica at the future site of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations. The project represents a $140-million corporate investment and will create 300 new jobs, according to the Mississippi ...

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Ag Secretary Vilsack to tour MSU tomorrow

STARKVILLE — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will tour the campus at Mississippi State University tomorrow and will be briefed on research projects funded by his agency. MSU was involved in nearly $97 million in agriculture research during the 2011 fiscal year. MSU officials say Vilsack will tour research projects at the university’s R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center, ...

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Family blues — fight continues over Johnson's estate

Legendary blues musician Robert Johnson’s life was all too short; unfortunately, the in-family fight over his estate continues with all eyes now on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The state’s highest court heard arguments yesterday in a dispute over two photos of Johnson, who died in 1938 at the age of 28. When the justices might make a decision is still ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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Ex-coroner pleads guilty to two counts of fraud; retirement frozen

UNION COUNTY — Former Union County Coroner Mark Golding pled guilty to a bill of information and was sentenced at the Tippah County Courthouse, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Golding pled guilty to two counts of fraud by a public official and was sentenced to five years for each count. For each count, three years will be suspended and ...

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MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department. ...

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