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Mississippi beats all neighbors except Tennessee on Business Climate Index

Mississippi ranks 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ahead of all other Southeastern states other than Florida (5) and Tennessee (15). Mississippi carried the same ranking last year and had an 18th ranking in 2011. The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that affect business: corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment ...

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State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer

UPDATED …   State Sen. Terry Brown being treated for cancer COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — State Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus says he’s undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his left lung. Brown tells WCBI-TV (http://bit.ly/17gtc75 ) on Wednesday that the cancer is in its early stages and doctors have not talked to him about surgery. The diagnosis ...

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Special House election has crowded field

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Seven people have filed qualifying papers to run for the Mississippi House District 5 post left vacant earlier this year when incumbent Kelvin Buck was elected mayor of Holly Springs. The special election is set for Nov. 5. A runoff, if needed, will be Nov. 26. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the candidates are Daylon ...

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Biloxi stadium next step: Acquiring loan, league approval

David Nichols, Biloxi’s chief administrative officer, and city financial advisers were scheduled to be in Jackson today, following through on the city’s vote Tuesday to borrow $21 million to construct a downtown baseball stadium on U.S. 90 that will host minor league baseball games and other events, according to a news release from the City of Bilxoi. The move comes ...

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Steel-maker gets check for $2.5M for energy efficiencies

COLUMBUS — The Tennessee Valley Authority, along with Gov. Phil Bryant, presented a check yesterday for more than $2.5 million to Severstal North America for achieving energy efficiencies at its Columbus plant through TVA’s Major Industrial Program. The TVA program encourages reductions in electric energy intensity in large industrial facilities having greater than 5 megawatts of contract demand. The greatest efficiency opportunity ...

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Lumber company expanding, adding new workers

BALDWYN — Maple Land and Timber has announced the company is expanding its operation located near Baldwyn. The plant, which operates as American Land and Timber, will produce lumber for export to overseas markets. The expansion includes the addition of a new sawmill and the construction of a 20,000-square-foot facility. The project represents a $1.95 million corporate investment and is ...

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Swoope getting a nice raise in the Sunshine State

Nobody ever accused Gray Swoope of leaving Mississippi to become the head economic developer in Florida because of the money, but his wallet is probably fixing to become fatter — much fatter — soon. According to a piece from The Associated Press, Swoope, former leader of the Mississippi Development Authority and now president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, is expected ...

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CRAWFORD: Paul Ryan proposes a sensible approach

By Bill Crawford Republican budget-master Rep. Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed obscurity last week, speaking out on the government shutdown and looming default in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. His words deserve consideration: “For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic colleagues, the discretionary spending levels ...

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Scientists looking to whack herbicide-resistant weeds

Mississippi is under siege, and a thin line of Mississippians is all that stands in the way of the invaders. The Magnolia State sits atop yet another undesirable national ranking — the species of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate, a common herbicide once known as Round-up. The number of glyphosate-resistent weeds has been growing at least since the late ...

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Mississippi Phosphates back in the news — this time it's merely taxes

Pascagoula-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is back in the headlines again, this time over nonpayment of taxes totaling more than $666,000. However, that’s pretty tame compared to the challenges and issues the plant has faced over the past decade or so. The Jackson County tax collector told county supervisors the fertilizer manufacturer owes more than a half-million dollars in personal property ...

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