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February retail sales up despite frigid weather

WASHINGTON — American consumers powered through the winter weather, lifting retail sales in February. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month and 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “Retailers and consumers endured the harsh winter and they’re hoping both the natural and ...

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New day, new week, new era to begin at ASU

For one of Mississippi public university, Monday will not just be the start of a new week, but also a new era when Alfred Rankins Jr. takes over as the next president of Alcorn State University. A formal investiture is expected to be held later. The state College Board chose Rankins in February following an abbreviated search that became necessary ...

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Congress passes bill that eases flood insurance premium hikes

WASHINGTON — Less than two years after passing major legislation aimed at reforming the government’s much-criticized flood insurance program, Congress yesterday sent President Barack Obama a bill to scale back many of the resulting big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The measure would also allow below-market insurance rates to be passed on to people ...

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Wiggins made permanent director

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor Jeffrey Wiggins has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. For the past year Wiggins has served as the school’s interim director, filling a void left by longtime director Dr. Robert Lochhead, who relinquished the title to spend more time in the classroom and laboratory. Wiggins’ research ...

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McMullan returns to UMMC

Dr. Michael R. McMullan has returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center to direct a program offering specialized care to adults with hereditary heart disease. McMullan, a Decatur native and alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi and the UMMC School of Medicine, rejoins the Medical Center after a seven-year absence in order to lead the state’s only adult ...

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Golden, Bland made VPs

Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden was recently appointed as the associate vice president of academic affairs at Mississippi Valley State University. A seasoned higher education professional, Golden possesses expertise in human resource management, academic programming, fiscal affairs, strategic planning and policy development. Most recently, she has served as a professor of political science and director of international programs at MVSU. Previously, ...

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CABA chooses Manuel

J. William Manuel, a partner in law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, has been named a director of the Capital Area Bar Association (CABA). He will serve a two-year term beginning July 2014. Manuel will serve as a director for Post 3 of CABA, which provides members with benefits, including CLE programs, membership luncheons and other events, and ...

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Vickery made sales manager

Porsche of Jackson has added Taylor Vickery as sales manager. Vickery is a fourth-generation “car man.” His great-grandfather, grandfather and father all work in the automotive industry. His father, Edwin Vickery, is the general manager of Mercedes-Benz of Jackson and Porsche of Jackson, and his grandfather still delivers cars for the dealerships. Prior to his work at Porsche of Jackson, ...

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Foundation chooses class

The Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has chosen 19 Gulf Coast leaders to participate in the 2013 Masters Program. The program was developed in 2007 to identify and develop emerging leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Members of the class are: Sherri Bevis, South Mississippi Service Coordinator, Mississippi Secretary of State; Dannon Butts, manager 3-quality audits, Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mary ...

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Holland named CEO

Kevin Holland’s first job — a summer employment while in college — was in the Environmental Services Department at Singing River Hospital. Now Holland, a Pascagoula native who now resides in Ocean Springs, has been named as CEO of Singing River Health System in Jackson County. Holland grew up in Pascagoula, where he graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1989, ...

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