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Senate task force finds plenty of road, bridge problems but no money for fixes

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON, Mississippi– A task force created by the 2013 Senate has concluded that the state does not generate enough revenue to take care of its transportation needs. But the task force, which completed its work Tuesday, did not recommend any method to pay for those needs. Senate Transportation Chair Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who ...

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BancorpSouth buying Texas community bank in $209.5 million deal

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal BancorpSouth is moving deeper into Texas, acquiring Central Community Corp., parent of First State Bank Central Texas. First State Bank has 31 branches and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Austin, Texas. The move will boost BancorpSouth’s market share from No. 65 in the state to No. 29. With the move, BancorpSouth is adding ...

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Mississippi casino revenues hit lowest yearly mark since 1997

Last year was the weakest gaming revenue year for Mississippi casinos since 1997, according to numbers released today by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. In 2013, the 30 Mississippi casinos collected $2.136 billion in gross gaming revenue, which is money leftover after players’ winnings are subtracted from wagers. That’s the lowest since 1997 when 24 casinos collected $1.984 billion. The high ...

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Southern Living Magazine has Jackson, Hattiesburg spots among "Best Bars in the South"

Southern Living Magazine has named its “100 Best Bars in the South” and two Mississippi spots have made the cut. Southern Living writer Stephanie Grenada chose the speakeasy-themed Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs in Jackson as well as Branch in Hattiesburg. At The Apothecary in Jackson, Grenada recommends A Doc Noble cocktail, named after a 1960s Brent’s pharmacist, and at Branch in Hattiesburg Grenada encourages ...

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Entergy lowers expectations due to Vermont plant closing

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy expects its fourth-quarter net income to drop, hurt by the cost of closing its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. Wall Street expected a steeper profit decline. Entergy plans to shut down the Vermont Yankee plant at the end of 2014. Additionally, in December the company agreed to pay $10 million for economic development to help counteract ...

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Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach consensus on a revenue source ...

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TVA, emergency officials braced for another arctic blast

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is once again preparing for colder-than-normal temperatures that will create greater demands on its electric system. TVA reports its power system “remains secure and stable at this time, and steps are being taken to keep it that way.” On Monday, TVA issued an internal “Conservative Operation Alert,” which delays any non-emergency maintenance activities ...

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Fire rages at North Miss. biofuel plant; too hot for firefighters

NEW ALBANY — A fire at a bio-diesel facility near New Albany was burning Wednesday and was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The fire at North Mississippi Biodiesel was reported at about 5:30 a.m., Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper First Class Ronny Hall said. He said several state and ...

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Tornado-damaged museum to reopen after nearly a year of repairs

HATTIESBURG — Nearly one year after sustaining devastating damage in a tornado, the African American Military History Museum is reopening its doors to the public. The Hattiesburg American reports the museum will open Feb. 6 with a Black History Month kick-off program honoring living World War II-era veterans. General manager Latoya Norman said museum officials decided to re-honor the vets ...

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MSU recruiting future doctors through Rural Medical Scholars

Mississippi was facing a shortage of doctors even before the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Now, one public university is offering a program to try to put more physicians to work here in the Magnolia State. Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in a summer program at Mississippi State ...

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