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Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann returns more than $9.7 million to Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Mississippi — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented the Mississippi Gulf Coast Legislative Delegation and the Department of Marine Resources with a check today for $9,755,926.46 to benefit Gulf Coast residents–the largest tidelands amount ever returned to the Gulf Coast to date. “The tidelands check is a crucial component to preserving the culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” says ...

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C Spire launches PERCS upgrades: Device upgrades that are simpler

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — The world doesn’t wait to advance every two years, so why should wireless users? New devices, apps and accessories get better every day, which is why C Spire thinks consumers shouldn’t be forced to wait two years or pay exorbitant prices to get the latest and greatest devices. C Spire rolled out a new program this week ...

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Area Development Magazine ranks Mississippi as second in the nation for competitive utility rates

  JACKSON, Mississippi — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that Area Development, a national site selection publication, recently ranked Mississippi as second in the nation for competitive utility rates related to economic development and job growth. “I am proud that the economic development community around the country is taking note of the pro-jobs efforts of the Mississippi Public ...

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Scientists looking for new weapons to fight cotton-damaging insect

Cotton has made a rebound over the last few years, but growers still face challenges. One of those is damage from insects. However, new research shows potential for offering new strategies to limit tarnished plant bug damage in cotton, though sure options already exist. Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists have compiled decades of research to create a comprehensive ...

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FNC: Home prices show 'strong growth' during third quarter

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows strong growth of home prices during the third quarter of 2013 as the housing recovery continues to broaden across the country. The index, constructed to gauge the price movement among the underlying non-distressed home sales, increased 2.5 percent between the second and third quarters, making the third-quarter growth the fastest ...

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Yacht-builder cited by OSHA for safety, health violations

GULFPORT — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Trinity Yachts, LLC with four repeat, 14 serious and two other-than-serious safety and health violations. The May inspection was a result of a complaint OSHA received about the shipbuilding facility in Gulfport. Proposed penalties total $177,100. “Trinity Yachts LLC has an extensive inspection history, has had ...

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Texas company buys Tuscaloosa Marine Shale leases

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Comstock Resources is leasing 53,000 acres in Louisiana and Mississippi to look for oil. The company, based in Frisco, Texas, is paying $54.5 million for the leases. They cover parts of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation in Mississippi’s Wilkinson and Amite counties and Louisiana’s East Feliciana and St. Helena parishes. Comstock says it will complete the purchase ...

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Supervisors approve support for building port terminal

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has voted to support building a $30-million terminal at the Port of Pascagoula to handle wood pellets from a plant that is supposed to be built in George County starting in late 2014. The Sun Herald reports the county will handle selling up to $24 million in bonds for the terminal. But ...

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County hires consultant to look at land use around air base

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County will hire a consultant to make sure maps defining land use of property around Columbus Air Force Base are up to date. The board of supervisor will accept proposals from planners through Nov. 29. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the joint land use study was completed earlier this year. The study was commissioned to evaluate the ...

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Ex-mayor to be sentenced for bribery; faces up to 10 years in prison

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is scheduled for sentencing today in a federal bribery case. Winfield pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say he sought $10,000 in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as mayor this year and lost ...

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