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Ridgeland neighborhood qualifies for C Spire fiber network

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – The Ridgeland neighborhood of Bridgewater has become the fourth area of the state to qualify for C Spire’s high-speed 1-Gigabit-per-second fiber to the home Internet and related digital television and home phone services, the telecommunications company announced today. Bridgewater joins areas in Horn Lake and Starkville and the town of Quitman where homeowners exceeded their pre-registration targets. ...

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Memphis airport to modernize B Concourse, consolidate operations

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority today announced plans for modernizing the B Concourse and consolidating operations at the Memphis International Airport. The multi-year, multi-phased plan includes consolidating airline and food, beverage and retail concessions into the B Concourse; and improvements such as additional moving walkways, wider corridors, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and increased natural lighting. The ...

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Lab gives chicken farmers a break, lowers fees

STARKVILLE — The more than 2,000 chicken growers in Mississippi can now save money on an annual test required to meet federal and state regulations and keep their samples in the state. The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lowered its fee for testing chicken litter to $35 to be more in line with fees charged by labs in neighboring states. ...

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Cattle rustling investigation leads to arrests; Hyde-Smith pushes branding

PICKENS — The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has arrested two individuals for livestock theft. The Bureau anticipates additional arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB investigator Mike McGowan, with assistance from the Holmes and Yazoo County sheriff’s departments, arrested Terrance Deon ...

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Hood wants settlement funds to go to prison, courts

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a check to the state General Fund for $52,697,853.73 and a check for $11,167,097.00 to the State/School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. The money, totaling $63,864,932.73, is the result of litigation involving eight cases as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (Avandia): $25,219,368.42 BASF Corporation et al (vitamin litigation): $22,509,978.76 LCD litigation: $3,844,417.09 Toyota: $433,542.74 Lender ...

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After ice and snow, state facing new weather threat

After weeks of severe winter weather, state officials are now bracing for spring-like storms. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the threat of a severe weather system forecast to move through the state this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says damaging wind gusts, quarter sized hail and tornadoes could threaten the entire state. Recent NWS statistics show ...

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ABC: Prices for construction materials show volatility

WASHINGTON — Construction materials prices expanded 0.6 percent in January and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the Feb. 19 producer price index released by the Department of Labor. More specifically, nonresidential construction materials prices are up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. “After a period ...

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Bank cooperative sees record earnings — again

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT), a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that provides funding for rural retail lenders, has released preliminary unaudited financial highlights and results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, reporting record earnings for the eighth consecutive year. The Austin-based bank reported $179.8 million in net income in 2013, a 3.0 percent increase over its 2012 ...

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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square in Grenada. Dave ...

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