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Molpus Woodlands agrees to buy timberland in Alabama

JACKSON — The timberland investment management firm Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC has, on behalf of a client, entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 73,000 acres of timberland located north, east and west of Birmingham, Ala. The close of the purchase is set to occur in installments starting in October 2013. Terms were not disclosed. The timberland, located in 13 ...

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Another West Nile case confirmed; brings 2013 total to 40

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says one newly confirmed case of West Nile virus bring the state total to 40 this year. The new case is in Hinds County. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, ...

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Executive: Parts suppliers struggling to meet new-car demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says. Many suppliers already are running near full capacity, J. Scot Sharland, executive director of the Detroit-based Automotive Industry Action Group, told The Clarion-Ledger. Automotive website ...

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Local firm breaks ground for new hotel in Delta

CLARKSDALE — Landstar Construction, LLC, has broken ground for the construction of a new Hampton Inn by Hilton in Clarksdale for Chawla & Chawla, Inc. The 63-room hotel is scheduled to open in April 2014, according to Flowood-based Landstar. The cost of the project was undisclosed. Landstar is a general purpose construction firm serving the Southeast but specializing in hotels ...

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Cochran prepared to get final farm bill completed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, says he is ready to engage in negotiations to finalize a new, five-year farm bill. Cochran says he welcomed a vote in the House of Representatives last Friday authorizing a conference committee with the Senate to reconcile differences in Senate- and House-passed ...

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Peanut farmers struggling with weather during harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The cool, damp nights that are making it feel like fall in Mississippi are slowing peanut harvests way down across much of the state. Mississippi’s peanut crop was 28 percent harvested as of the last U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress and Condition Report released Sept. 30. Because of the federal government shutdown, no new figures have ...

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Country music and soda pop — old plant might become museum warehouse

Mississippi’s creative economy could soon get a boost if an historic structure can be renovated and re-purposed as a facility honoring one of the state’s successful recording artists. Community Development Partnership is petitioning the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors to allow the old Coca-Cola Building in Philadelphia, currently owned by the county, to be transferred to the Industrial Development Authority. ...

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Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city's debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Shelton ...

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Healthcare Simulation Center opens at MGCCC

GULFPORT — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has opened its Healthcare Simulation Center at its Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center in Gulfport. The new center will be the only simulation center with public access on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Part of the master plan for MGCCC’s Nursing and Allied Health Division, the center will be available to Nursing and Allied ...

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