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Can wind farms fight hurricanes?

Students at Stanford University have discovered that placing wind turbines off shorelines can reduce a hurricane’s wind surface speed by up to 80 percent. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that these turbines can both protect coastal areas in times of bad weather and be a significant source of renewable energy. To slow the onslaught of ...

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Cathy Northington receives MEC promotion; Kilroy added as vice president

The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the promotions of Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named Vice President, Programs and Administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Cathy worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Today, Northington is in charge of facilitating Leadership Mississippi, the nation’s second oldest ...

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Pat Thomasson named MBJ's 2014 Businesswoman of the Year

Thomasson Company CEO Pat Thomasson has been named the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2014 Businesswoman of the Year. The announcement was made during a ceremony Thursday at the Hilton of Jackson. Becoming the leader of a company her parents built, however, was rather humbling for Thomasson. The Thomasson Company provides pressure treated utility poles of varying lengths and specifications for use ...

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Panel issues report on river diversion projects

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation, a group organized by The Water Institute of the Gulf to advise the state of Louisiana on river diversion projects on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, has issued its initial report. Panel members made recommendations on data collection, project modeling, the types of simulations and experiments that should be ...

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Isle of Capri records loss; says state properties face 'pressure'

ST. LOUIS — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended Jan. 26. Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.24 compared to ($0.06) for the third quarter last year. Income from continuing operations was impacted by the reversal of a $2-million litigation accrual due ...

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Organization promoting women in agriculture still growing

The lead organization promoting women in agriculture in Mississippi continues to grow. Dozens of women came together for a late February conference at Mississippi State University. The 75-member Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization meets to discuss important agricultural developments and to draw encouragement from shared experiences. Mary Jane Coign, who owns a cow and calf operation in Oktibbeha County, is ...

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Lawmakers believe disaster assistance will help oyster, crab industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) say they are optimistic that $10.9 million in disaster assistance awarded to Mississippi will help the state’s commercial oyster and blue crab industries recover from setbacks caused by flooding in 2011. Cochran, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Wicker, a member of the Senate Commerce ...

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Nurse accused of turning off patient's life support

PETAL — A registered nurse in South Mississippi is facing charges of depraved heart murder. According to Attorney General Jim Hood, April Renae Grissom, 28, of Petal, turned herself in to investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by a Lamar County Grand Jury. Grissom is accused in the indictment of turning off the machines that ...

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MGCCC makes national ranking of fastest-growing community colleges

PERKINSTON — Community College Week has named Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College a Fastest Growing Community College. MGCCC is ranked in the top 50 community colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or higher. The ranking is based on data provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fall 2011 and fall 2012, MGCCC enrollment increased by ...

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