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State Attorney General Jim Hood hints at action against Blue Cross Blue Shield

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – As attorney general, Jim Hood has displayed a willingness to take on big business, whether Google, BP, major drug companies or Entergy, if he felt wrongdoing was occurring. Hood, a Democrat, sent word recently he is eying health insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I have been reviewing intra-state antitrust allegations against ...

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Newt Gingrich to deliver keynote address at Governor’s Energy Summit in Jackson

JACKSON, Mississippi — Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and 2012 presidential candidate, will deliver the keynote address at the Gov. Phil Bryant’s Energy Summit Dec. 5 at the Jackson Convention Center. The summit is presented by the Mississippi Energy Institute, a non-profit policy group that seeks to diversify and expand Mississippi’s economic energy base. ...

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Favre's charitable foundation awards grants

HATTIESBURG — Brett and Deanna Favre’s foundation, Favre 4 Hope, has supported charities in Mississippi and Wisconsin with $180,000 in grants for 2013. The foundation said that Mississippi charities receiving grants are Special Olympics of Mississippi, Hope Haven, Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities, Make a Wish of Mississippi, Memorial Hospital Deanna Favre Fund, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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Obama's dirty little secret — cost of the green power push

CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. With the Iowa political caucuses ...

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Business owner arrested, accused of selling bogus merchandise

SENATOBIA — A multi-agency investigation through the Attorney General’s Operation Knock Out Knock Off Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a Senatobia business owner, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Rocola Griffin, age 40, of Sardis, was arrested at her business, Swagg Up, in Senatobia and charged with the sale of counterfeit products. The case began with a general ...

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FSNA gives update on Simply Wheelz bankruptcy

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA) has released an update on the previously-announced bankruptcy proceedings of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz LLC, which does business as Advantage Rent A Car, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. On Nov. 7, the court entered interim orders authorizing Simply Wheelz to, among other ...

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Standing Pine testing new drip-irrigation system

RAYMOND — Standing Pine Nursery is growing flowers — and its profit margin — by experimenting with an irrigation system designed for field crops. The low-pressure drip-irrigation system helped increase the nursery’s efficiency and sustainability by reducing labor demands and water usage. This past summer, Geoff Denny, who is an assistant Extension professor of horticulture in Mississippi State University’s Department ...

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First Federal tops ranking of best workplaces

PASCAGOULA — First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Pascagoula-Moss Point has been ranked first in the Best Banks to Work For by the American Banker and Best Companies Group. The program was initiated this year to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation. In all, 35 banks achieved “Best Bank” status in this ...

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It's not kid's play; it's serious LEGO competition

A children’s toy will take center stage in Vicksburg this weekend during a new statewide building competition. Teams of Mississippi students, ages 9-14, will compete in the Inaugural 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League tournament on Nov.16 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an annual high-energy robotics competition. The focus ...

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MSU partnering in effort to boost soybean production in Africa

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is among a consortium of universities and other partners receiving a $25-million, five-year international grant to boost soybean production across Africa. The Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Soybean Value Chain Research, also known as the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), is being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The project will provide the ...

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