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Tropical Storm Karen has FEMA workers un-furloughed

Even a federal shutdown has to yield to a potential hurricane. Some workers who were furloughed due to the federal government shutdown are being called back to work as Tropical Storm Karen churns in the Gulf of Mexico. White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama is being updated about the storm. He says Obama directed his team to ...

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Board prefers Morehouse College VP for MVSU president

ITTA BENA — William Bynum is likely to be the next president of Mississippi Valley State University. The state College Board announced today that Bynum, now of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, is the preferred candidate to become the next leader of the smallest of Mississippi’s eight public universities. Bynum is vice president of enrollment management and student services at Morehouse, a ...

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Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute ...

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Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected to notify defense lawyers that ...

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UPDATED: Brandon’s Thrash mulls accepting $33.4 million contract to build state's museums

JACKSON, Mississippi — Brandon’s Thrash Commercial Contractors Inc. has snagged the contract to build the first phase of the Mississippi History Museum and Civil Rights Museum. Thrash, a longtime Central Mississippi construction contracting company that switched exclusively to commercial building in 2000, won the contract with an apparent low bid of $33.4 million. Thrash was among six companies to submit ...

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Furniture Brands deal with KPS includes Lane and expected rescue of 1,400 Tupelo jobs

After weeks of back and forth with two prospective buyers, Furniture Brands International has entered into an asset purchase agreement with KPS Capital Partners LP that includes Lane Furniture, which employs 1,400 workers in Tupelo. The St. Louis Business Journal reported the announcement of today’s purchase agreement. Meanwhile, the Northeast Daily Journal reports that KPS Capital has offered to retain ...

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C Spire to build $20 million data center in Starkville

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – C Spire unveiled plans today to build a $20 million data center in Northeast Mississippi that will offer businesses a full suite of cloud solutions to help it manage mission-critical data, infrastructure and enterprise applications. The 22,400-square-foot center will be located on a 6.5-acre site at Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park in Starkville. C ...

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Starkville-based social media site YeHive assembles team, raises funds

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — YeHive, an event-centered social media platform based in Starkville, has met its first fundraising goal and has assembled an advisory board and expanded its executive team as it prepares to move forward. “YeHive intends to revolutionize the way people share and participate in events and experiences,” said Brad Fuller, YeHive’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. “The early ...

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MEMA tells Mississippians: Prepare for hurricane

JACKSON, Mississippi— The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in or near the three coastal counties to prepare for tropical weather by late Friday or early Saturday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane watch was put in effect Thursday from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass ...

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