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GreenTech to mark milestone this week on building Tunica car plant

If you’ve been looking in the “Missing Project’s” folder for GreenTech Automotive’s Tunica plant, you need search no more. After two years of delays and a federal investigation into enticements used to gain foreign investors for the plant, the McLean, Va.-based GreenTech says it will erect steel support structures for the facility and has invited the Mississippi media to Tunica ...

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SoilTech Consultants opens office in West Point

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — SoilTech Consultants, a geotechnical engineering firm that uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing, has opened a new office in West Point, Miss. It is the fourth Mississippi office for SoilTech, a subsidiary of Neel-Schaffer, Inc. In addition to its headquarters office in Ridgeland, SoilTech also has offices in Long Beach and ...

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Meterologist: Cold temperatures could break records

It’s cold. How cold is it? Perhaps as cold as it has ever been on this date, and tonight could see more record cold. Some places in Mississippi could set daily record cold temperatures today as winter weather grips a large portion of the country. Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says temperatures Monday night ...

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Farms, homeless shelters scramble as cold grips states

Farmers hustled to harvest citrus and protect strawberries, homeless shelters admitted all comers, Terrebonne Parish jail inmates got extra blankets and people were warned to protect pipes, plants and pets as arctic air smacked into the Deep South and temperatures plummeted in Louisiana and Mississippi. Shreveport and Monroe in Louisiana and Hernando all had morning highs in the 50s, with ...

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Flaggs wants to see city restore its bond rating

VICKSBURG — Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has said several times since taking office he wanted to get Vicksburg’s bond rating restored in January. He now says city officials may wait a bit longer. “Even though I think we’re ready, I’m told that you do not want to apply unless you are ready to borrow money,” he said. “You don’t want ...

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U.S. Senate race could affect legislative session

JACKSON — Mississippi faces a contentious Republican primary battle for the U.S. Senate this year with state lawmaker Chris McDaniel trying to unseat Thad Cochran, the man who’s been in Congress almost as long as McDaniel has been alive. Just under five months remain until the June 3 primary. The state Legislature is scheduled to be in session three of ...

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Cal-Maine reports improved sales, net income

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has released the results for the second quarter and six months ended Nov. 30, 2013. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $354.3 million, an 8 percent increase compared with net sales of $328.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The company reported net income of $26.1 million, or ...

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Mayor wants new sales tax for 'Progress Hattiesburg'

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the state Legislature during its 2007 ...

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J.C. Penney to close store on Coast in March

GAUTIER — The J.C. Penney Co. will be leaving Gautier. It and the Belk Inc. department stores are about the only stores still open in the 563,000-square-foot mall, the rest of which is to be torn down for a $90 million makeover. Demolition should begin in the next two weeks, Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Mississippi Press. “It’s imminent,” Gollott ...

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