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California company moving some production to state

SHANNON — General Atomics is relocating some product lines from its Electromagnetic Systems Group to Shannon. The company and Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today in Shannon. Bryant says in a news release that the relocation represents an $11 million investment by General Atomics and will create 80 new jobs. The relocated product lines provide equipment and services to ...

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Citizens reports increase in net profit for quarter, year

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ: CIZN) has released its results of operations for the three and 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2013. Net income for the three months was $2.122 million, or $0.44 per share-basic and diluted, up from $1.740 million, or $0.34 per share-basic and $0.33 per share-diluted for the same quarter in 2012. Net interest income for ...

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Judge rules in ambulance lawsuit involving two local hospitals

HATTIESBURG — Years after Wesley Medical Center filed a lawsuit against AAA Ambulance Service, its CEO Wade Spruill and Forrest General for allegedly denying local residents their choice of hospitals for trauma care, a judge has ruled in Forrest General’s favor, according to Forrest General. “Wesley conceded that it did not have valid claims against Forrest General for defamation and torturious ...

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Forecasters: Thaw won't last as more cold heads into state

Mississippians enjoyed clear, warm days this weekend, a sharp departure from the recent arctic blasts that have gripped the state. However, forecasters say don’t get used to the warmth — more cold is coming. The National Weather Service warned people from northwest Louisiana to the Mississippi Coast to gear up for another blast of cold. Temperatures in the 50s and ...

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Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators were among 43 senators who ...

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Bankrupt Simply Wheelz ceases operations at 30 locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc.’s (FSNA’s) wholly owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which does business as Advantage Rent a Car, has ceased operations at 30 Advantage locations. Advantage has reached an agreement with Dollar Rent A Car whereby Dollar Rent A Car will provide car rental services to those customers who hold active Advantage reservations at all ...

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Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough votes to pass almost anything ...

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Hancock Holding sees quarterly profit tumble

GULFPORT — Hancock Holding Co. said profit in 2013’s fourth quarter fell 26 percent as it spent $17.1 million to improve efficiency. Hancock, which operates Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Texas, posted quarterly profit yesterday of $34.7 million, or 41 cents per share. That’s down from $47 million, or 54 cents per ...

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Delta city petitioning lawmakers to extend tourism tax

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is asking the Legislature to reauthorize of the local tourism tax. The 1 percent tax on lodging and restaurants funds the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tax would expire at the end of September without legislative reauthorization. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Paige Hunt, executive director of the CVB, told the city council that ...

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Ticket office assistant manager arrested for embezzlement

BILOXI — State Auditor Stacey Pickering and director John Miller of the Biloxi Police Department report Brian Gregory, assistant manager of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center Ticket Office, was arrested for embezzling nearly $32,000 from ATMs owned by the state. Gregory, 33, handled, had keys to and knew the password and the combinations of the ATMs, according to ...

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